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Whisky Reviews for Glentauchers 1989 SMWS 63.36
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 points
- This Beauty has beatten her Beast this time in terms of pure enjoyment and accessibility, but if you already have plenty of "bitterly citrusy" Highlanders in your stash, I'd recommand you grab the CA, which is more interesting. Still though, both drams are "good but not great" to me, for the same reasons.
What this one loses in personnality and boldness against the Cadenhead's which I co-reviewed (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/94808/glentauchers-1990-ca), it gains in accessibility and refinement. Aperol got replaced by some Mandarine Napoléon, alongside light touches of cocoa, coconut, carambola. Creamier and fresher, but more generic and less expressive so far. However, whereas this SMWS doesn't have any weird new-leather salty side like the CA did, it does have some clear Clynelish affiliation (which the CA didn't) : some orange-skin infused wax. Actually quite pleasant provided you give it time.
This time though, it's above the cadenhead in terms of objective delivery. It settles on its feet way quicker, with better alcohol integration and texture, and while the leafy bitterness was casting some fog on the CA's profile, it's not (yet) the case here. So for a few seconds you can discover very nice waxy, orange-y sides, with grapefruit and cocoa again, lavender honey, various lacitc creams and soft spices. Still, not hugely evolutive nor sexy, and I wish it was a bit zestier in its citrusiness.
Excellent part. Some kind of Cointreau and a mint leaf, seems much less strange than some of the CA's final notes. Peppermint, coriander, but a softer, fruitier come-back on banana milkshake later on, which is very welcome.
- SMWS Tasting Notes
Colour: Happy peachy gold
Flavour Profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow
Apart from references to party rings, liquorice and old
furniture, the nose was all exotic fruit (watermelon, star-fruit, perfumed
pear, passion-fruit and raspberry ripple. The palate was tasty and perfumed – a
decent balance between sugary sweetness (midget gems, tinned fruit salad,
sponge, custard) and citric, fruity astringency (ugli fruit, Key lime pie,
cherry) – a bit like lemon and sugar crêpes. The reduced nose made us think of
Turkish Delight, blackcurrant leaf, lemon drizzle cake and passing a shoe-shine
stand. The reduced palate was exquisitely balanced – pink grapefruit and
pineapple; elderflower top notes with leather and sweet tobacco underneath – a
Drinking Tip: While planning a Caribbean cruise – or at
least while watching Pirates of the Caribbean.