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 dates, currants, plums, tobacco and dark chocolate. These are closely followed by notes of vanilla, almonds, with peppery oak, spices, cinnamon and nutmeg. More notes in the form of maraschino cherries, apricots and gingerbread start to emerge and are nicely rounded-off by notes of Christmas pudding, some hints of lavender and green herbaceous notes. On the palate: those date and currant notes are ever-present, along with touches dark chocolate ganache, vanilla and stewed dark fruits. After a few swirls in the glass, notes of dried mediterranean fruits, surrounded by hints of plums, cinnamon and warm peppery spices start to emerge. Rounding-off the palate is a hint of that gingerbread, espresso, marzipan, tobacco and an earthy note. The finish: is long, smooth and sweet, with lingering muted spices, nuttiness and truffle oil.
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 50%, 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.
This GlenDronach 1992 26 Year Old Single Cask Scotch Whisky (Cask 81) can be purchased online or in-store at the Whisky Shop for £239.
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