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The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive


11th September 2018
The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old, the first ever travel retail exclusive expression from The GlenDronach distillery.

The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year OldHere is one which you will have to dust off your passport to get a hold of, The GlenDronach Distillery has unveiled its first ever travel retail exclusive expression, The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old.

The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old has been matured in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, bottled at 43% ABV, and as is the case for all The GlenDronach expressions, it is non-chill filtered and naturally coloured, absorbing its rich colour over the 10 years it has spent maturing in the Spanish sherry oak.

The GlenDonach Forgue celebrates the rich heritage and terroir of the Forgue valley, where founder James Allardice built the distillery and named it 'GlenDronach', which means 'Valley of the brambles' in Scots Gaelic, bramble is a Scottish word for a blackberry.

GlenDronach Master Blender, Rachel Barrie commented on her latest creation, saying:

“The GlenDronach Forgue Aged 10 Years is a richly sherried single malt with an unashamedly Highland character. Matured in fine Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks, the result is a cornucopia of bramble fruit and oak, combined with notes of harvest-ripe barley, as found in Forgue’s rich and fertile landscape.

"The GlenDronach is a distillery known across the globe for its authenticity, craftsmanship and sherry cask maturation expertise. It is an honour to carry on this tradition, through sharing our first ever travel retail exclusive release from the valley of Forgue with world travellers."

Presented in a 1 litre as you would expect a travel retail bottling to be but sadly is becoming less common these days, with a price tag of around £59/US $77, this may vary depending where you are in the world.

If you have no plans to travel in the near future you can still explore the current GlenDronach whisky range which you will find available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old Review


Review added 29th September 2018. Bottled at 43% ABV..

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A subtle nose. Some lovely mild orange, cherry, a little vanilla custard, a touch of pear and a little oak spice.

Taste: Medium bodied, a smooth sherried fruit delivery leads with orange, raisins and blackberries. The orange becomes more zesty and is joined by some nutmeg and gentle peppery oak spice.

Finish: A lovely longish finish, see's the zesty orange and peppery spice slowly fade to leave some tobacco and lovely mildly drying oak.

Comment: The nose is more subtle than the standard GlenDronach 12 year old you may be familiar with but it still has that delicious GlenDronach sherried DNA. A little lighter bodied on the palate than the 12. Basically you could say that this is a 10 year old version of the the excellent 12 year old. Certainly one to look out for next time you are passing through the airport and it is always good to see a whisky with a clear age statement presented in a 1 litre bottle in travel retail, as age statements and the larger 1 litre bottle size are getting rarer on the airport whisky shop shelves these days.

SMW Score 85/100
 

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