We’ve posted tasting notes on pretty much every GlenDronach expression from their core range, of which included the 8, 12, 15 (discontinued now continued), 18, 21 and even a special 25-year-old expression. 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 damsons, rhubarb & custard, liqourice, raisins and currants. These are closely followed by some subtle spicy notes, star anise, creme brûlée, dark chocolate and some earthy coal. Rounding-off the nose are notes of old leather bound books, candy sticks, mandarins, zest, macadamia nuts and an inky note. On the palate: those damsons and currant notes are ever-present, followed by dates, figs and vanilla. Notes of cloves, cinnamon and all-spice start to emerge, alongside almonds, teak, tobacco and old leather. Completing the palate is a hint of mint, steeped peaches, nectarines, espresso, dark chocolate, cherries and a twist of citrus zest. The finish: is long, smooth and bittersweet, with lingering aniseed, tobacco leaf, nuttiness and tannins.
The verdict: This Whisky Shop exclusive 26-year-old single cask GlenDronach aged in sherry casks, is just as special as the previous single cask expression we tasted, perhaps even more so. 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 57.1%, 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 26 Year Old Single Cask Scotch Whisky (Cask 64) can be purchased online or in-store at the Whisky Shop for £259.
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