GlenDronach are well known these days for producing some delectable single malt whisky, however, something that has always intrigued us is their Single Cask expressions – no two are the same. They are all truly delectable drops in their own right but their single cask selection is something rather special. Each year, Master Distiller, Rachel Barrie, 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 Rachel Barrie’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 Victoria plums, dates, bramble apples, tobacco leaf and oranges. These are closely followed by notes of vanilla, with mixed spices, cinnamon and cloves. More notes in the form of honey and mulled wine start to emerge and are nicely rounded-off by notes of ginger, some floral and dark chocolate. On the palate: notes of sultanas are ever-present, along with hints of walnuts, vanilla and lemons. After a few swirls in the glass, notes of oranges and marzipan are surrounded by hints of plums, cinnamon and mixed spices. Rounding-off the palate is a hint of dates, bramble apples and dark chocolate. The finish: is long, smooth and sweet, with lingering muted spices, nuttiness and dark chocolate.
The verdict: This 27-year-old single cask GlenDronach aged in a Port Pipe, is just as special as the previous single cask expression we tasted, perhaps even more so as this is first time we tried a single cask aged in port pipes. It has such flavour, as well as texture, which lends to the overall experience. 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 48.0%, for me it doesn’t require any water. Though if you feel the need to, then do so until it’s just right for you.
This GlenDronach 1992 27 Year Old Single Cask Scotch Whisky (Cask #5897) can be purchased online or in-store at any well-stocked whisky shop for approx. £450. For more information visit glendronachdistillery.com.