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Overall rating
90.24/100
votes
34
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
1976
Bottled
04.2015
Stated Age
38 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
210
Strength
50.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
30 Mar 2015 11:24 am by ARDBERG
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 319,17

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41 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glentauchers 1976 CA

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.24 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2017]  After some good news today I do a long-planned head-to-head tasting of two methusalem Glentauchers - this 38-years old versus a 39-years old of the same vintage 1976 (WB id 87371).

    HINT:  The 38y needs a lot of breathing time to fully enfold (15 minutes minimum, better more).

    Wow, two extraordinary fine and complex 'tauchers that really justify the high price tag of around 300 Euro (it is rather rare that I do such a statement as I started drinking whisky when you got two bottles of sixties Ardbeg for such a price).  Highly recommended to everyone who can afford such prices and prefers complex fruit-driven drams without any flaws.  I do, for sure...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The 38y is of an amontillad colour while the 39y is one shade darker at deep copper. The texture of the 39y shows a fat sticky ring but neither legs nor tears and the 38y shows some very slow legs and a few fat tears developing out of a comparable sticky ring at the top of the glass. Wow, both noses are truly complex on dozens of different aromas of all kinds of fruits, some herbs, honeys, spices and summer floral notes. The 39y is sweeter and less herbal what I personally like a little more. But both own fantastic noses, no doubt! Drams to sniff for hours...
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste of both drams is unbelievably complex too, just like the noses. The different flavours roll in several waves over the taste buds as if they want to make sure that no one is overlooked. The 38y is sugary-spicy-fruity-honeyish and the 39y fruity-fruity-fruity ad infinitum. But it is not boring as there are almost all kinds of different fruits one can imagine in there. Some spicy wooden structures keep them contained just like supermarket shelves while creamy toffee notes charm the taste buds additionally. I adore such fruity whiskies so this round takes the 39y again. Water is not needed on the 39y as this dram is perfect as it is. The 38y turns sweeter on some water what is delicious - but again I like this dram best when neat, too.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The 39y arrives instantly coating on the palate with just minor astringent moments from tannins, no wonder after 39 years in a cask. These tannins are rather pleasant than annoying and provide a nice counterpart to the sweetness of the taste. The 38y is comparable in coating with some peppery moments due to the higher abv (50.8% vs. 43.8%). No astringent or drying feelings from heavy tannins here, so I like the 38y better on this dimension. Both finishes are very, very long and you taste it even minutes after you swallowed the dram. The 39y keeps its flabbergasting fruitiness and adds nice chocolatey and nutty flavours to it. No bitter, drying or astringent feelings from tannins anymore - how did this happen? It tastes like a miracle. The 38y gets sweeter during the finish and adds chocolatey and minty flavours (remember "After Eight"?). No unpleasant moments either, simply adorable. Nevertheless I prefer the 39y again.

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Wow, fantastic yellow fruts and honey in the nose, which come up big in the finish. Taste and body a little less present, but who is complaining at this level.

    MANDATORY: give it 20-30 minutes time in the glass. You will be rewarded.

    PS: can't say that I tasted much of what was decribed in the official tasting notes by Cadenheads. No strawberry, chocolate etc...
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Cadenhead notes:

    Glentauchers-Glenlivet Distillery 1976 38y/o 50.8%

    Nose: Juicy fruits, limes, lychee and strawberry bubblegum. Some sour apple sweets and a dusting of brown sugar.
    Taste: Soft oakiness, white pepper, and then more fruits. Strawberries with white chocolate and limeade.
    Finish: Long and slightly drying grassy notes with a hint of oak and developing creaminess.

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Sample supplied by hs305.

    Noise; Rich musty-butterscotch with cooked pineapple and apples with slightly salty caramel.

    Palate; Full and thick, very fruity with salty-spicy-caramel, with a little pepper.

    Finish; Medium, with subtle spicy-fruit notes and caramel on the back-end.

    A real nice dram.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. Peter(TTMC) scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. bennythemonster scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Glen-Diver 1976-2015, 38 years, 50.8% alc.
    Bottler: Cadenhead's (Authenic Collection)
    Expansion: Bourbon Hogshead

    Limited to 210 bottles

    Nose: Once alcoholic, the whisky needs some time in the glass. Then an orchard unfolds with juicy apples, pears and nectarines. It is accompanied by gummy bears, honey, a hint of vanilla, cedar and oak.

    Palate: Fruity but also slightly spicy. The fruit of the nose comes back, the wood gets stronger. The oak tingles lightly and comes up with pepper. Otherwise, the honey is back, also a very mild cocoa note.

    Finish: Long and with dried fruits, the oak comes out right here and sounds like colorful pepper for a long time.

    Conclusion: Wonderful whisky, great age.

    89/100 points (tasted 2015, approx. 350 €)
    Thanks to Cadenhead's Berlin for the rehearsal!
    Original post with photo in the blog: http://notesofmalt.de/notes-Speyside/Gle...Jahre,-50,8-CA/

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