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GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8 Review


18th September 2019
Review of The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8.

GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8The GlenDronach has announced the release of the next batch of its popular cask strength series, GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8.

This latest batch has been matured for ten years in a combination of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía, and as always it has been bottled straight from the cask, non chill-filtered, natural in colour and as its name tells you, at cask strength which in the case of batch 8 is 61% ABV.

The GlenDronach Master Blender, Dr. Rachel Barrie who has created batch 8 said: "The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8 is incredibly rich and full-bodied, the result of years of slow maturation in Pedro Ximénez puncheons, quarter casks and Oloroso sherry butts. Casks were individually selected, combined and bottled at natural cask strength to deliver maximum character and depth. Sip layers of sherry cask matured character unfolding slowly over time; from mocha, dark chocolate and caramel espresso to cherry cake layered with sultana and plum; the depth of character is boundless. The texture is like sipping velvet with a burst of sumptuous fruits, warm spices and intense dark chocolate which crescendos into The GlenDronach’s signature long and richly satisfying finish. I hope the most discerning palates will sip, savour and appreciate the full-bodied character of Cask Strength Batch 8."

You will find GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8 available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

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William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sweet vanilla toffee infused with rum and raisin and with a gentle coffee edge. A nice touch of honey and a little orange.

Taste: Deliciously rich and thick with Demerara sugar sweet raisins, sultanas, lovely dark chocolate  orange, a light touch of vanilla, nutmeg all helped along by some warming oak spice.

Finish: Long, the sweetness and sherried fruit bows out first, leaving behind some orange, it finally bitters out with lingering, mildly drying oak spice with a coffee and liquorice edge.

Comment: Another outstanding, high quality, very enjoyable, and deliciously sherried cask strength dram from the GlenDronach, as always it is no sherry monster but that really is what makes this dram so good, it has a good portion of sherry influence but the quality of the GlenDronach spirit is still able to shine through and have its say alongside the sherry. This really is a consistently well put together batch release dram from the GlenDronach for your money which is difficult to overlook when you compare it to other cask strength sherried whiskies.

SMW Score 92/100
 

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