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.
The last time we posted tasting notes on a single cask GlenDronach, it was on this 1989 expression, that we thought was some very special indeed.
On the nose: there is a warm invitation of stewed dark fruits, currants, bitter oranges, 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, apricots and red apples start to emerge and are nicely rounded-off by notes of maple syrup, some floral and green herbaceous notes. On the palate: those warm stewed fruits are ever-present, along with touches cocoa and vanilla. After a few swirls in the glass, notes of dried mediterranean fruits, surrounded by hints of orange marmalade, cinnamon and warm white pepper spices start to emerge. Rounding-off the palate is a hint of shortbread, rich espresso, marzipan, tobacco and hazelnuts. The finish: is long, smooth and sweet, with lingering muted spices, nuttiness and a lovely oily texture.
The verdict: This 21-year-old single cask UK exclusive GlenDronach aged in Pedro Ximenez puncheon, is just as special as the previous single cask expression we tasted, perhaps even more. 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 51.8%, 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.
This UK exclusive GlenDronach 1995 Year Old Single Cask Scotch Whisky (Cask 3248) can be found in any well-stock whisky shop or online whisky auctions for approximately £150.
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