It perhaps goes without saying that we do like to indulge in a dram or two of GlenDronach here, 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 plums, fruit cake, honey, tobacco leaf and figs. These are closely followed by notes of vanilla, almonds, with peppery oak, mixed spices, cinnamon and nutmeg. More notes in the form of muscavado and blackcurrants start to emerge and are nicely rounded-off by notes of bergamot, some floral notes and creme brûlée. On the palate: those plums and golden fruit notes are ever-present, along with hints of cocoa, vanilla and treacle. After a few swirls in the glass, notes of cherry and almonds are surrounded by hints of orange rind, cinnamon and warm peppery spices. Rounding-off the palate is a hint of shortbread, marzipan, tobacco leaf and marmalade. The finish: is long, smooth and sweet, with lingering muted spices, mellow oak and a leathery note.
The verdict: This 26-year-old single cask GlenDronach aged in a Pedro Ximénez Puncheon, 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 54.9%, 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 1993 26 Year Old Single Cask Scotch Whisky (Cask #8635) is exclusive to The Whisky Shop and can be purchased online or in-store for approx. £385.
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