We do enjoy a drop 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 currants, raisins, sanguinello oranges, cherries and dark chocolate. These are closely followed by notes of vanilla, almonds, with star anise, mixed spices, cinnamon and black pepper. More notes in the form of butterscotch and nectarines start to emerge and are nicely rounded-off by a hint of lemon zest, nutmeg, fennel seeds and sandalwood. On the palate: those currants and cherry notes are ever-present, along with hints of bitter oranges, vanilla, dark chocolate and ginger. After a few swirls in the glass, notes of raisins and marzipan are surrounded by hints of honey, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves and tobacco. Rounding-off the palate is a hint of liquorice, hazelnuts, mint, green herbs and plums. The finish: is long, smooth and sweet, with lingering muted spices, mellow oak and a creamy texture.
The verdict: This 13-year-old single cask GlenDronach aged in a PX 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 57.4%, 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 2006 13 Year Old Single Cask Scotch Whisky (Cask #5538) is exclusive to United Kingdom and can be purchased online or in-store at any well-stocked whisky shop for approx. £120. For more information on The Glendronach , visit glendronachdistillery.co.uk