Whisky Focus - GlenDronach Single Casks Batch 9 Released

GlenDronach Single Casks Batch 9 Released


3rd December 2013
GlenDronach releases Batch 9 of its popular single cask bottlings.

GlenDronach has today released Batch 9 of its single cask bottlings, selected as always by Master Blender Billy Walker.

The magnificent nine, ranging from 18 up to 41 years old, which I am told share GlenDronach's typically richly-sherried signature taste complemented by notes of almonds, cherries, raisins, prunes and lime…even cracked black pepper, cocoa beans and red chilli sauce!

Six were matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheons while the other three come from Oloroso sherry butts. The result is a swirling and mesmerising range of expressions – from delicate sweetness to puckering malt monsters.

The oldest is a 41 year old Oloroso sherry butt distilled in February 1972 – cask # 702. Bottled at 51.7% ABV, this veteran GlenDronach tell me is a complex, fiery wonder - rich dark oak edged with deep ruby. On the nose, it gives sumptuous depths of classic sour cherries dusted with gentle toasted almonds. And on the palate, it’s a beautifully elegant vintage sherry style bursting with a combination of dark espresso, molasses, herbs and oak spices.

And as a contrast, the youngest in the batch is an 18 year old distilled in April 1995. This Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheon, cask number 3302, was bottled at 53.7% ABV. It is rich golden burnt amber in appearance. On the nose, vibrant citrus zest combines with touches of wild mint and oak spice while on the palate an initial sweet chocolate and vanilla fullness moves to a delicate lasting zest and herb note.

The 9 new GlenDronach single cask bottlings details are as follows:

  • GlenDronach 1972 cask no. 702 / 41 year old / Oloroso Sherry Butt / 51.7% ABV
     
  • GlenDronach 1985 cask no. 1035 / 27 year old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 53.7% ABV
     
  • GlenDronach 1989 cask no. 5470 / 23 year old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 49.2% ABV
     
  • GlenDronach 1990 cask no. 1243 / 23 year old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 50.6% ABV
     
  • GlenDronach 1991 cask no. 5405 / 21 year old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 49.9% ABV
     
  • GlenDronach 1992 cask no. 195 / 21 year old / Oloroso Sherry Butt / 59.8% ABV
     
  • GlenDronach 1993 cask no. 5 / 20 year old / Oloroso Sherry Butt / 53% ABV
     
  • GlenDronach 1994 cask no. 3385 / 19 year old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 53.4% ABV
     
  • GlenDronach 1995 cask no. 3302 / 18 year old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 53.7% ABV

All 9 whiskies will be available from whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange from today.
 

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