Focus: Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 9
Quick intro on The GlenDronachFounded by James Allardice in 1826, The GlenDronach was also one of the first licensed distilleries. The GlenDronach is a pioneer in sherry cask maturation, breeding a beautiful highland spirit.
Over the years, GlenDronach has copped numerous awards, such as The best whisky of 2020 by the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Now under the leadership of Dr. Rachel Barrie, master blender, we are excited to see what sort of new expressions she can bring. And GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9 is one of them.
About Batch 9
Matured in Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucia, an autonomous community in Spain. Andalucia holds three towns that are legalised to produce sherry wine and call themselves sherry wine or cask.
We aren't sure if sherry is from these towns.
But this time, on the label, Batch 9 says 'PX and Oloroso Sherry Cask'; while Batch 7 only address it as 'PX and Oloroso casks'.
Nevertheless, Dr. Rachel individually selects and marries the casks together. And bottled at a natural cask strength of 59.4%.
Dr. Rachel's comment on Batch 9:
“The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9 is incredibly rich and full-bodied; the result of years of slow maturation in Pedro Ximénez puncheons and Oloroso sherry butts. Add a drop or two of water to reveal a cornucopia of flavour; from treacle toffee and raisin-filled toasted brioche, to baked apple and bramble pie and star anise. This crescendos into a lingering dark chocolate, espresso coffee finish. The depth of this Highland Single Malt’s character is boundless.”
Community Tasting Notes
Burnt toffee & caramel, buttermilk. Walnuts and toasted hazelnuts, cherries and strawberry - the presence of sherry aroma is very thin.
Peppery, burnt caramel, young sherry-matured whisky. Bittersweet note. Dried fruits.
Medium to long, bittersweet, woody, coffee and peppery.
Do advise to add one or two drip of water or let it sit for awhile.
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