Last week we posted tasting notes on GlenDronach 10th iteration of their Grandeur series, this week we are posting tasting notes on something just as special. It is no secret that The GlenDronach has been mastering an elegant, rich and robust Highland Single Malt, matured in the finest Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía in Spain. Now, after twenty-five years slowly maturing in precious sherry wood, The GlenDronach is pleased to announce the release of The GlenDronach 1993 Master Vintage.
These sherry casks laid down in 1993 have long been acknowledged as an excellent vintage from The GlenDronach, receiving high praise from malt connoisseurs. This has inspired the creation of The GlenDronach 1993 Master Vintage, to showcase and celebrate this exceptional year. GlenDronach Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie, has hand-selected six Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks exclusively from 1993, to create a marriage of exceptional richness and complexity, in this twenty-five-year-old expression of The GlenDronach Highland Single Malt Whisky.
On the nose: there are enticing notes of raisins, currants, mandarins, lemon zest and dark chocolate. These are closely followed by notes of cinnamon, pineapple, berries, some spices, green herbs and a light menthol note. Notes of lavendar and pears start to emerge, followed by candy, liquorice and a nutty aroma. Completing the nose are notes of parma violets, old leather, a creamy note and aromas of a tropical nature. On the palate: those notes of raisins and pears are presents, alongside coffee, walnuts, mandarins and a waxy note. Those spicy cinnamon notes are also present, as well as those zesty and creamy flavours, with a hint of butterscotch. Notes of shortbread start to appear, alongside, star anise, those green herbaceous notes and old leather. Rounding-off the palate are notes of candy, dark chocolate, an earthy note and truffle. The finish: is long, waxy and sweet, with lingering muted spices, walnuts and oak.
The verdict: This limited release from GlenDronach isn’t something we expected, as we are probably more use to their annual single casks, however, it is more than welcomed. This 25-year-old expression is beautifully balanced from nose to palate and has some of the most delicious notes I’ve experienced from a GlenDronach. With an ABV of 48.2%, it doesn’t require any water in my opinion due to its age-statement. Though if you feel the need to, then do so until it’s just right for you.
This GlenDronach 1993 Master Vintage 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be found in any well-stock whisky shop or online for approximately £250. For more information on This Glendronach 1993 Master Vintage , visit the official website.