Whisky Focus - Glentauchers 2011 Whisky Illuminati Solaria Series 1 of 3 Review

Glentauchers 2011 Whisky Illuminati Solaria Series Review


13th September 2019
Review of the Glentauchers 2011 Cask No.900364 from the Whisky Illuminati Solaria Series.

Glentauchers 2011 Cask No.900364 from independent bottler Whisky Illuminati's Solaria Series is the first of three releases from cask No.900364 with a further 2 releases from the same cask scheduled to be drawn and bottled over the next four years.

The new Solaria Series aims to give whisky enthusiasts the opportunity to explore how Scotch whisky evolves in the cask over time, thanks to its three-part bottling. Following this first edition (1:3) release in 2019, there will be a second release in 2021, with the final batch set for release in 2023.

Glentauchers 2011 Cask No.900364 bottling 1 of 3 has been fully matured in a First Fill Spanish Oak Sherry Butt.

The Glentauchers 2011 Solaria Series it is non chill-filtered, naturally coloured and has been bottled at a higher than normal cask strength than we would normally see from any bottler, 63.4% ABV.

This first batch of the Glentauchers 2011 Solaria Series is a release of only 100 bottles and is available from from specialist whisky shops such as Master of Malt

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Slightly musty sherried fruit, oak and damp leather, bitter toffee is balanced with a honeyed sweetness. A hint of liquorice and ginger lurking in the background.

Taste: Big thick muscular sherry leads the way with plum jam, burnt raisins, rum soaked sultanas and some zesty orange. Tamed somewhat by a drop of water which brings a lovely brown sugared honeyed sweetness to the party. The liquorice and ginger from the nose is a little more pronounced on the palate.

Finish: The sherry fades out rather quickly leaving some lingering sugared oak with a slight liquorice tinge.

Comment: This very much benefits from a drop of water, it really is early days for this one, I suppose it has until 2023 when the third and final batch will be bottled to come good..

SMW Score 85/100

You can find the Whisky Illuminati Solaria Series 1 of 3 Single Cask releases available from specialist whisky retailers such as Master of Malt
 

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