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The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9 Review

8th February 2018
GlenDronach launch Grandeur Batch 9 24 year old which was exclusively matured in Spanish oak sherry butts distilled in 1990, 1992 and 1993.

The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9The GlenDronach Distillery has announced the next release of in their premium Grandeur series, The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9 24 Year Old.

GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9 has been created using just a handful of Spanish oak sherry butts distilled in 1990, 1992 and 1993 which have been hand picked by The GlenDronach Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, to create this latest limited edition in the series.

GlenDronach tell me that the 100% sherry cask matured expression epitomises mastery of the finest Spanish oak sherry cask maturation. They say each cask is woven into a tapestry of exquisite balance, finesse and depth, the prelude to the most persistent and richly satisfying finish.

The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9 is bottled at 48.7% ABV, non chill filtered, and as always for The GlenDronach, of natural colour, for richness, authenticity and texture. A limited release of 1,487 bottles, each bottle has been sealed with wax and individually numbered by hand.

The GlenDronach Master Blender Rachel Barrie said: "In The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9, an unparalleled range of the finest aromas and tastes have been composed from masterful Spanish oak sherry cask maturation, patient aging and careful cask selection. Grandeur Batch 9 is a single malt of finesse, powerful complexity and persistence, reaching heights of maturity and depth of character that approach single malt perfection. The GlenDronach Grandeur is the pinnacle of the signature style, representing rich layers of Highland heritage and terroir, intensified through patient aging in the finest Spanish oak sherry casks.

"The expression offers a carefully woven tapestry of stone fruit, baked quince and glazed cherries on a bed of sandalwood, roast chestnuts and subtle musk scented leather. The freshness of oak balsam lifts and lengthens throughout, sustaining the exceptional balance and complexity. With an elegant, deep and perfectly integrated palate, Grandeur combines a myriad of sherry cask tastes in each sip. As time slowly passes, the taste lengthens and deepens towards an elegant dark chocolate mint, raisin and angelica root velvet finish."

GlenDronach Grandeur 24 Year Old Batch 9 will be available from specialist whisky shops worldwide, including The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9 Review

Review added 20th February 2018.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Demerara sweetened rum soaked dates and cherries, a touch of dry leather and mature oak.

Taste: Deliciously juicy sherry infused mature oak tannins leads, burnt raisins are joined by orange and plum.

Finish: What sweetness there was bitters out, some dark chocolate trying to break through. the oak tannins bow out leaving a touch of orange and a little minty element.

Comment: There really is a fantastic nose on this lovely sherry oaked mature whisky and the deliciously juicy sherry and mature oak on the palate does not disappoint. Rather appropriately named Grandeur, it is certainly grand - an elegant, sumptuousness mature sherried dram.

SMW Score 91/100

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