GlenDronach launch UK exclusive Single
The BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd. have announced two single
casks UK EXCLUSIVE bottlings – one from
BenRiach and the other from its sister
distillery at GlenDronach.
These limited release 1995 expressions,
both bottled in August this year, were
both matured in Pedro Ximinez sherry
puncheons. These were originally used to
store the characteristically sweet,
full-bodied Spanish sherry that confers
its distinctively rich and complex
characteristics on the whisky.
The result in both cases is fruit-laden
First, the GlenDronach. From cask 4681,
distilled in November 1995, this is a
15-year-old single malt bottled at cask
strength – 56.2% vol.
Its striking appearance is cherry-wood
and russet mahogany. On the nose, there
is chocolate orange and stewed plum
while the palate delivers chocolate,
toffee, spiced fruits, figs, raisins and
The cask out-turned 725 bottles, each of
which is individually numbered.
Complementing this monster GlenDronach
is an equally substantial offering from
BenRiach. From cask 7164 distilled in
May 1995, this is aged 16-years-old and
bottled at a cask strength of 58.3% vol.
Its appearance is bright amber with a
late autumnal glow. On the nose,
bananas, citrus fruits and oregano while
the palate brings melons, bananas and
out-turn on the BenRiach was marginally
smaller, at 695 bottles. Again, each
bottle is hand-numbered.
Sales Director Alistair Walker said:
"GlenDronach and BenRiach are both
renowned for their idiosyncratic single
cask bottlings, and we release a number
of these each year. They have proven to
be very popular, but with our ‘batch’
single cask releases being divided
amongst all of our export markets as
well as the UK, allocations can be quite
tight. For that reason, we decided to
select a couple of casks just for the UK
to give our home-based retail clients
the chance to get their hands on a
reasonable quantity of each bottling."