We’ve posted tasting notes on pretty much every GlenDronach expression from their core range, of which included the 8, 12, 15, 18 and 21. They are without doubt, all truly delectable drops but every now and then the malt masters at GlenDronach release something a little extra special. At the end of last year, GlenDronach released The Grandeur Batch 10, an exquisite marriage of some of the oldest and most unique Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from the distillery. A selection of sherry cask puncheons and butts have been maturing in our traditional dunnage warehouses since the 1960s. It is only some of the most extraordinary and remarkable which have been carefully chosen by our Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, for this special twenty-seven-year-old bottling of The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 10, limited to 2293 bottles.
On the nose: there is a warm invitation of stewed dark fruits, currants, maple syrup, treacle and vanilla. These initial notes are closely followed by, cinnamon, rhubarb, almonds, a light floral note and parma violets. Notes of brown sugar start to emerge, followed by a rich waft of apricots, bees wax, old leather and black truffle oil. The nose is nicely rounded-off by a hints of plums, walnuts and cedar wood. On the palate: those warm stewed fruits are ever-present, along with hints of candy, marzipan and vanilla. After a few swirls in the glass, notes of plums are surrounded by hints of morello cherries, cinnamon, walnuts and apples. Rounding-off the palate is a hint of dark chocolate, a leathery note, toasted oats, tobacco an earthy note and hint of sauterns. The finish: is long, mellow and sweet, with lingering muted spices, currants, walnuts and truffle oil.
The verdict: This numbered release of GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 10 is just pure brilliance. I’ve spoken to a handful of Grandeur collectors and I’ve been told that this 27-year-old release is arguably the best yet!. It is distinctly GlenDronach but there is definitely something in there that makes it unique in flavour. It is well-balanced from nose to palate , with a plethora of rich notes. With an ABV of 50.10%, 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 Grandeur Batch 10 27 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is in limited supply, with only 2239 bottles available worldwide. It can be found in any well-stock whisky shop or online for approximately £500. It can also be found at online whisky auctions but be prepared to pay above its original RRP.
For more information on The Glendronach , visit the official website.