Glentauchers distillery is located in Mulben, Keith, Speyside and was founded in 1898 by a cooperation between James Buchanan and WP Lowrie.

The partnership became Glentauchers-Glenlivet Distillery Co. in 1903 and in 1906 James Buchanan became the sole owner.

The 1920's saw some expansion and in 1925 the distillery was taken over by DCL (later SMD > Diageo).

Glentauchers was rebuilt in 1965-6 and the number of stills increased from two to six.


DCL mothballed the distillery in 1985 and it reamained closed until 1989 when Allied Distillers purchased it.

Production resumed in 1992 and in 2005 Allied became part of Pernod Ricard, the current owners.

More great distillery info here thanks to Malt Madness

Distillery photos by kind permission of Teun van Wel



  Glentauchers   General whisky characteristics: Perfumed, herbal, very long finish  

G&M, Glentauchers, distilled 1991, bottled 2007, 43% ABV

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Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: 18 carat gold

Nose: Rich, perfumed malt and butterscotch. After some minutes this also expands to include very slight hints of rubber and potato, but still richly perfumed.

Palate: Initially creamy, but soon turning spicy with damp leaves, grass, hints of lavendar and underlying butterscotch.

Finish: Long, repetitive and warming

Overall Impression: Don't let my vegetal notes put you off, this is a quite unusual dram with a very good nose and a very long, warming finish. I like it!



Chieftain's, Glentauchers, 1992-2010, 50% ABV

Pinot noir finish, Cask No.91651, one of 325 bottles

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Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Coppery bronze

Nose: Quite malty but also with an accompanying herbal characteristic with basil, rosemary and thyme (there must be the makings of a song in there somewhere!) It's also quite fresh with hints of salty sea-air.

Palate: Initially malty and leafy, then becoming quite floral with a creamy, but also quite spicy mouth-feel. Malt and spices lead into the finish.

Finish: Very long and lightly spiced.

Overall Impression: A really quite unusual whisky in that it's light but yet very lively and spicy with underlying herbal aspects, in a country garden kind of way. I really like this whisky!



Blackadder, Glentauchers, 10y, 14.11.2000, Aug. 2011, 46% ABV

Aberdeen Distillers, Hogshead No. ABD1010, one of 360 bottles

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Reviewed as part of MMA 2011


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Extremely pale, almost water-like

Nose: Begins somewhat like a grappa, then expands with a leafiness and an almost bread dough quality. Light fruity alcohol then returns. Always remaining quite light.

Palate: Initially creamy mouth-feel with plenty of bread dough. This expands with a fruitiness suggesting apple, maracuja and almost orange.

Finish: Long with a tingly fruitiness.

Overall Impression: A most enjoyable whisky.












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