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GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9 Review

11th February 2021
Review of The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9.

GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9The GlenDronach distillery has released the next instalment in its popular Cask Strength series, The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9.

Matured in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks from Andalucía which have been selected by Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie and bottled as it came from the cask, non chill-filtered, naturally coloured and, in the case of this batch 9, at a cask strength of 59.4% ABV.

Rachel commented on her latest GlenDronach Cask Strength creation, saying:

"The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9 is incredibly rich and full-bodied; the result of years of slow maturation in Pedro Ximénez puncheons and Oloroso sherry butts. Add a drop or two of water to reveal a cornucopia of flavour; from treacle toffee and raisin-filled toasted brioche, to baked apple and bramble pie and star anise. This crescendos into a lingering dark chocolate, espresso coffee finish. The depth of this Highland Single Malt’s character is boundless."

Presented in the now familiar green tube and with a green bottle label, The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9 has a RRP of £72 and will be available from this month (global markets may vary). It is worth noting that these big sherried cask strength releases from The GlenDronach tend to sell out quite quickly (with good reason) so if you want a bottle don't hang around too long when you see it available.

You will find the new GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9 available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9 Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Luscious honeyed sultanas with a gentle oak spice infused by some coffee grounds, a little burnt slightly treacled toffee and some distant liquorice.

Taste: Deliciously thick, crisp, brown sugared raisin and sultanas burst on to the palate accompanied by equally delicious oak spiced treacle toffee. Some less intense notes of orange, pepper and liquorice loiter in the background

Finish: A long sherry rich finish, the intensity of the juicy brown sugared sherried dried fruits with a cocoa edge linger for an age, a little pepper and spice.

Comment: A delicious, outstanding, well constructed big sherried cask strength dram and one of the best examples of a combination of old and new Spanish Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso Sherry casks in the series so far. If you are looking for a quality big sherried dram to keep you warm during these long locked down winter nights you wont find much better than this, loved it.

SMW Score 94/100

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