We’ve posted tasting notes on pretty much every GlenDronach expression from their core range, of which included the 8, 12, 15 (discontinued), 18 and 21. They are all truly delectable drops in their own right but their single cask selection is something rather special. Each year, Master Distiller, Billy Walker, specially selects a handful of individual casks from the warehouse at GlenDronach distillery, to be bottled as a ‘Limited Release’. With maturing whiskies that date back as far as 1968, there is an array of cask selections available: from hogsheads to puncheons and butts. With such a vast selection at Mr. Walker’s disposal, each and every cask lends some remarkable varying characteristics that have developed during maturation.
On the nose: there is a warm invitation of stewed dark fruits, currants, sultanas, tobacco and dark chocolate. These are closely followed by notes of vanilla, almonds, with peppery oak, spices, cinnamon and a treacle like note. More notes in the form of plums, orange, apricots and red apples start to emerge and are nicely rounded-off by notes of maple syrup, lavender and some green herbaceous notes too. On the palate: those warm stewed fruits are ever-present, along with chocolate and vanilla. After a few swirls in the glass, notes of plums, surrounded by hints of orange marmalade, cinnamon and subdued spices start to emerge. Rounding-off the palate is a hint of shortbread, rich espresso, marzipan, tobacco and walnuts. The finish: is long, smooth and sweet, with lingering muted spices, nuttiness and a lovely oily texture.
The verdict: This 26-year-old single cask, is just pure “liquid gold” at its finest – yes it is that good people. It has such a myriad of flavours as well as textures too, not something I am able to say too often. It is so full of depth and fruitful, sweet flavours but has enough subtle spices and lighter notes that truly complement this drop. With an ABV of 54.8%, it doesn’t require any water in my opinion. Though if you feel the need to, then do so until it’s just right for you.
GlenDronach 1989 Year Old Single Cask Scotch Whisky (Cask 2662) in any well-stock whisky shop or online whisky auctions for approximately £250.
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