Whisky Focus - GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7 Review

GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7

28th June 2018
The GlenDronach release Batch 7 of its popular Cask Strength series.

The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7The GlenDronach distillery has just announced the release of The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7. As always it has been bottled straight from the cask, non chill-filtered, natural in colour and as its name tell you, at cask strength which in the case of batch 7 is 57.9% ABV.

Just like the previous releases in this now very popular Cask Strength series it has been matured in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks which have been selected and brought together by The GlenDronach Master Blender Rachel Barrie before bottling at cask strength.

Rachel commented on this latest Cask Strength release, saying: "The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7 is rich in the rewards of slow, mellow and complex sherry cask maturation in the earthen-floored dunnage warehouses at GlenDronach; the rewards being a sublime aroma, rounded taste, full body and long-lasting finish. With a cask selection spanning Summer, Autumn and Winter distillation at GlenDronach, the resulting marriage delivers a malt with a strong heart, complex taste and smooth mellow maturity, belying it’s 57.9% cask strength.

"The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7 continues our tradition of marrying the finest Spanish oak sherry casks with our robust Highland malt. In this expression, maturation in Oloroso casks has developed a smooth, nutty and rounded character, with notes of Highland toffee, walnut cream, sultana bread and figs. Maturation in Pedro Ximénez casks has contributed plum, cherry and chocolate. Batch 7 offers a unique opportunity to get to know the richly sherried yet smooth and mellow side of GlenDronach cask maturation at natural cask strength.”

One difference keen eyed GlenDronach whisky fans will notice about Batch 7 is that it is presented in a new look green tube and with a green bottle label, previous batches have been brown, but it is still the same Cask Strength combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry cask matured whisky.

You will find GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7 available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7 Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Gentle vanilla toffee, sweet raisins, orange infused milk chocolate.

Taste: Deliciously juicy, orange citrus, sweet honey coated raisins and sultanas, a little vanilla and some lovely warming oak spice.

Finish: The juicy sherried fruit fades leaving the lovely lingering zesty orange tinged vibrant oak spice and a touch of liquorice.

Comment: Another outstanding quality sherried Cask Strength batch from the GlenDronach. At around £60 a bottle and given its quality it really is difficult to over look this when you compare it to other cask strength sherried whiskies.

SMW Score 90/100

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