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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Glentauchers  Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Information

Glentauchers Whisky Distillery History

Established in 1898 by James Buchanan and in association with his Glaswegian whisky broker WP Lowerie, to secure a supply of malt whisky for principally their Black & White Blends.


The Controlling Company was named Glentauchers Distillery Co. this became Glentauchers-Glenlivet Distillery Co Ltd in 1903.


WP Lowrie upon his retirement in 1906 transferred his shares to James Buchanan & Co Ltd.


Extensive alterations and improvements to the maltings and mash-houses were made, during 1923-25 plus a large new spirit store designed by Charles Doig & Son was also built.


James Buchanan & Co amalgamated interests with other major Scottish whisky blenders within enlarged Distillers Company Ltd in 1925.


During 1930 ownership and operation of Glentauchers eventually passed to another DCL subsidiary Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd with the licence retained by James Buchanan.


Closed during the Second World War due to supply and government restrictions 1939-46.


Major reconstruction was carried out during 1965-66, which involved new still house, mash house, tun room and a trebling of still capacity from 2 to 6 stills. The distillery ceased floor malting in 1969.


Its owners UDV mothballed the distillery in 1985. However Allied Distillers purchased the distillery in 1989 and distilling restarted in August 1992


The majority of production is used for blending Ballantines and Teachers Highland Cream and has contributed in the past to ‘Black & White’ blends


Glentauchers Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Glentauchers 15 Year Old


Glentauchers Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings

Duncan Taylor Collection

Gordon & MacPhail.

NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),


Whisky Galore (Duncan Taylor).



Glentauchers Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1991 43% Gordon & MacPhail.

Colour: Dark straw.



Nose: Delicate esters - very fresh and fragrant. Fruity influences with a sweet honey edge.


Palate: Mouth warming with a delicate hint of spice. Sweet with influences of freshly cut grass.


Finish: Long and balanced.


With Water

Nose: A distinct freshness dominated by a sweet influence, soft and rounded edge with hints of butter toffees.


Palate: Initially sweet with delicate hints of cereal notes -malt. Mouth warming and fresh.


Finish: Long and fresh.

Body: Light.

Cask Type: Refill sherry casks.

Glentauchers Distillery,




AB55 6YL

Tel: +44 (0)1542 860272



No Visitor Facilities

Glentauchers Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Oaky, malty, vanilla


Palate: Rich and juicy. Malty, toffee, vanilla, oak.


Finish: Very clean. More of the above.

Founded in 1898 by James Buchanan and W.P. Lowerie

Location Speyside

Water source Rosarie Burn


Glentauchers Distilling Equipment

Un-peated malt barley

Copper dome ed cast iron mash tun

6 Larch washbacks

6 pot stills

Matured in American bourbon hogsheads