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Overall rating
88.35/100
votes
71
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Cask (TWC)
Vintage
2008
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Oloroso Sherry Butt
Strength
57.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
23 Feb 2019 8:39 am by Mischi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 83.77

32 × in wishlist

71 × member ratings

132 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glentauchers 2008 TWC

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.35 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2019] Glentauchers is one of the most underrated Speyside distilleries with a fine blending malt profile but I am not sure of it can stand a first fill oloroso maturation...

    ...and actually, this is rather a high-proof sherry than a sherried whisky. Where is the whisky in here? I guess, it would be cheaper to add some industrial alcohol to a cask filled with sherry wine to achieve the same result. Do not get me wrong, this is drinkable and if you like bitter-tannic spirits you might even enjoy it (looking at all the high WB scores obviously a lot of members do) - but: To me this is not a whisky (I call this a "woodsky"). Another undertaker-bottling of the Traditional Scotch profile...
    • Nose
      84 84
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a completely herbal-driven sherry profile with strong wooden notes but almost no malt flavours that shine through. Even a significant breathing time or a big shot of water does not release any malt-driven aromas. Sorry, this is not a whisky's nose.
    • Taste
      82 82
      The taste is about the same: sherry and wooden flavours but where is the whisky? Water turns the dram rather bitter what happens often with heavily sherried whiskies. It gets more approachable this way but it is completely out of balance to the bitter-herbal-tannic side. I do not like it neither neat nor reduced.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The dram arrives hot but almost not coating on the palate with a significant bitter-astringent feeling from the heavy tannins. The finish is rather short and adds no new impression but it gets very bitter-drying towards the end.

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A great sherry bomb which convinces me with its sugary style in combination with musty leather and sweet tobacco. From time to time youthful echoes flash through, whereby the heavy sweetness and the dark fruit note let forget the "only" 10 years fast and let the voluminous and multi-layered taste immediately think of the next sip. After an addition of water, the diver opens up and looks even more pleasing and easy to drink. A great malt which scratched at the 90-point mark (and this almost reached).

    23/22/22/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      Dark copper with a reddish glow shines in the glass. Creamy roasted aromas stand out powerfully from the glass, oily drops drip their long paths back into the glass on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter. Hazelnuts and dark berries show off their best side, caramelized sugar and sour cherries harmonize perfectly with each other, with slightly musty woody notes and wet leather. Dried oranges and velvety vineyard peach zealously compete, echoes of milk chocolate and candied fruit slowly stimulate saliva. Sweet tobacco, dark sherry aromas and spicy leather invite to the first sip.
    • Taste
      Powerful sweetness and dark fruit aroma shows on the first sip on the tongue. The high alcohol content is also immediately noticeable on the palate, chubby heat and a hint of peppery pungency flood the mouth, sour cherries and plums end in dark orange and creamy peach. At the second sip sugar melts on the tongue, caramel and toffee come to the fore while again wooden sharpness with a pinch of pepper discreetly tickle on the tip of the tongue. A few drops of water make the gluten-diver appear creamier and more pleasing, which intensifies the musty leather and tobacco notes. Milk chocolate and freshly brewed espresso come on, sugar and sweet orange unite while spicy wood tones all the time discreetly in the background.
    • Finish
      The wonderfully sweet and creamy fruit flavors stick to the palate for a long time, hazelnuts and chocolate merge to form nut chocolate, the leather and tobacco notes are still present. Oily and greasy, the finish sounds slow and remains with its powerful nature long in memory.

  3. lok13 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    I really liked this one.
    The nose is not that spectacular (nearly identical to a Aberlour a'bundha Batch 17 I tried next to it), but still nice. Typical sherry, not very intense.

    The taste is completely different though. It starts of gentle but intense with sweet, cooked red fruits, that mostly remind me of a GD 18. This sweetness vanishes into the background very soon though and is mostly replaced by leather, wood and tobacco. Very unique and interesting. I did not taste these notes in this intensity and combination before.
    The finish combines both sides again and is a little short without water. Water makes it easier to discern the notes and prolongs the finish as well as the transition between sweet and leathery, but dampens the initial sherry bomb character.
    There is some alcohol tingling on the toung later on, but still very well integrated for 10 years and 57%.

    I was torn between 89 and 90 for this one. 89 is my GD 18 score, a dram I know very well and really love, and to me it is a perfectly balanced and tasty Sherrybomb, it just lacks the unique features I like to see for anything in the 90s.
    This one is not as balanced and round as the GD 18 but checks all the sherry bomb boxes and then delivers something unique after that.
    In the end I decided on 90 because if I want a sherry bomb with unique and exciting edges like this I usually have to hunt for rare Single Casks that are tripple to double the price of this one and all of those would be above 90.

  4. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A good but not outstanding sherry malt. The bitter wood notes are too dominant for my taste and strongly overlapping. In my opinion, the malt definitely can stand some water, then it opens up a little more. Good, but not a must-have bottle in the price segment.
    • Nose
      83 83
      intense sherry; spicy with a noticeable woody note; some leather; Dried fruit; cherries; with water comes fruity sweetness through beautiful
    • Taste
      85 85
      very intense sherry note; very spicy with a distinct (noticeably bitter) woody note; Dried fruit, light sweetness and dark chocolate behind
    • Finish
      84 84
      long and dry; very spicy; again clearly pronounced bitter woody aromas; Leather; slight sweetness behind it

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Overall, a nice sherry board!
    • Nose
      90 90
      At the beginning here is the pronounced sherry in the foreground. Absolutely fat and full. Then comes beautiful dark fruits, caramel, raisins, some wood and leather and beautiful notes of coffee and chocolate. Also a nice spice notes one has in the nose. One can think of the alcohol, but rather takes a back seat in the nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Here the sherry dominates again first of all. Incredibly intense and spicy and a strong start. The spice comes out here more clearly just like a great, not disturbing, woody notes, hence a slight dryness. If you give the glass dipper some time, pickled raisins, chocolate and coffee will reappear. The orange notes, which make the whole whisky even more interesting, are also very tasty. Overall, however, the alcohol is clearly noticeable and that calls for the addition of water.

      After a few drops and I think about the 50% drinking strength, the gluten-shaker is much finer, the fear of bitterness by the addition of water is not justified, he can handle this really well. To my surprise, he is still much sweeter, in addition, rounder and much smoother. The sherry character remains great.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The high alcohol content is also due to a relatively long finish, the sherry nests on the palate and leaves behind coffee, dark chocolate and a fine touch of wood.

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