GlenDronach Cask Strength (Batch 5)

GlenDronach Cask Strength (Batch 5)

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Mashtun notes:

Having enjoyed but not reviewed the previous batches of the GlenDronach Cask Strength we were really anticipating batch 5, and we weren’t disappointed. The nose on this gave us rich layers of sherry with stewed fruits, dark cherries, red liquorice, lavender, and fine leather. The stunning sherry notes carried into the palate where they opened up into toffee, dry oak, orange peel, dates, and a lovely rich fruity sweetness. The finish was fairly long and dry with orange, toffee, and rich oaky notes coming through the big sherry finish. This whisky itself had a fantastic rusty red colour and a thick spicy texture. Letting this dram breathe didn’t do a lot but after enough time more floral notes and orange came out on the nose.  Considering the strength of this dram (55.3%) surprisingly little water was required. Adding a little did lighten the sherry notes though and bring out marzipan on the finish. It also mellowed the whole experience and dulled the big flavours.

We can all be ‘sherry fiends’ so this was right up our street. It has lovely complexity with layers of flavours that never get too much for the palate. To be honest we could have drunk this all night. It’s also worth noting that it takes water well so if you are not into ‘big sherry flavours’ a little water is all that’s required.

GlenDronach Cask Strength (Batch 5)

A classic GlenDronach exactly as we made it – cask strength, non chill filtered and at natural colour. The cask strength has been matured in a combination of Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks. The combination of elegant sherry influences and robust Highland style creates a perfect example of the traditional GlenDronach character.

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 Notes: 55.3% ABV – GlenDronach Cask Strength (Batch 5)The first batch comprises of some 12,000 bottles and is bottled at 54.8%. Batch 2 has been bottled at 55.2% and batch 3 at 54.9%. The GlenDronach Cask Strength batch 4 was bottled at 54.7% and batch 5 (this review) at 55.3%  -  £55 per bottle at time of tasting.

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GlenDronach Cask Strength (Batch 5)

Nose:

Red liquorice, dark cherries, toffee apples, and lavender notes

Palate:

Sherry, toffee, dry oak, and burnt toffee.

Finish:

Sweet, sherry, oaky, and dry finish.

Colour:

Golden red.

Texture:

Thick

Air:

Brings out floral notes and orange on the nose.

Water:

Lightens sherry notes and brings out a sweet creaminess on the nose and palate. Also brings out marzipan on the finish.

Overall comments:

I can be a bit of a ‘sherry fiend’ when it comes to whisky and I loved this. It has rich sherry notes with a kick… It also has a dry finish and takes water well.

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GlenDronach Cask Strength (Batch 5)

Nose:

Rich layers of sherry notes on the nose, stewed apples, caramelised pears, fine leather.

Palate:

Sweet and fruity at first - dates, fruit preserve - develops nicely with various sherry flavours coming through.

Finish:

Very dense treacle toffee aftertaste, a little tanny.

Colour:

Golden Red.

Texture:

Sweet and spicy, oily.

Air:

Not a lot.

Water:

Surprisingly little water required.

Overall comments:

Love the complexity of this, the layers of sherry flavours make it an attention-grabber.

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GlenDronach Cask Strength (Batch 5)

Nose:

Red liquorice, red fruits, sweet floral notes, perfume, and sherry.

Palate:

Sweet, fruity, a little dry, and orange peel.

Finish:

Fairly long finish but a little dry with orange and sherry.

Colour:

Rusty

Texture:

Medium / Thick.

Air:

Not a lot

Water:

Makes this dram milder and may give it a little more appeal to the ‘novice’ whisky drinker.

Overall comments:

I thought this dram was a cracker and could have sat and drunk it all night!

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