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23 Aug 2009

GlenDronach 1992 (cask #1140)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: GlenDronach

Now that GlenDronach has been taken over by the Walker family, they are following the BenRiach tradition of yearly special releases. The new owners have shown what they can do for an undervalued distillery so we should have high hopes for these new releases.

This year, there are five single casks:

GlenDronach 1992/2009 cask 1140 GlenDronach 16yo 1992 (57,2%, OB 2009, oloroso butt #1140, 598 btl.)

Nose: big big sherry. Hints of raisins, milk chocolate, worn leather. Maraschino cherries / kirsch. Sweet notes of toffee, even some vanilla. Walnuts. Hints of roasted nuts and smoke in the distance. With water, bang, a fruit explosion: tangerine, lovely raspberry and red currant. Very sweet and juicy. Mouth: prunes, cherry liqueur, some balsamic vinegar. A bunch of fruit jams as well (figs, prunes, blackcurrant). Light cinnamon. In the aftertaste, there is some beef stock and more leather. Finish: amazingly long, on sherry, hazelnuts and spices (cloves and a bit of ginger). Evolves to very dark, slightly bitter chocolate.

Now you have to like heavy sherry of course, but if you do, you will love this GlenDronach. No nasty sulphur effect whatsoever, which can be a problem with heavy sherry bottlings. Clean and complex. Too bad for the oaky bitterness in the end, which I found a bit distracting.

Not available yet, but on its way to the stores as we speak. Around € 90.

Score: 90/100

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  • Drew

    Hey Ruben, great blog! Did you get a chance to try any of the older batch one Glendronachs or the 1996 – would be interested in your thoughts as I’m now trying to decide which ones to buy. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle of 1992 cask 39 which was bottled for the Whisky Club / Versailles which I thought was excellent neat but became a bit too tannic with water –> still a great dram though. I guess the fact that you thought the 1992 OB took water well, which is encouraging! Look forward to your thoughts.
    -Drew

  • mars

    I have 2 bottle of the glendronach versailles and one is open. The nose on the bottle is incredibly good(i know, strange idea to make a first nose at the bottle before pouring it in a glass), the alcool is more present in the glass but it’s acceptable. Really a good stuff.
    Maybe I will buy some more!

    I am waiting the tasting of ruben on the 3 other single cask as I have already the 1971 and 1972 (more dark than the versailles) and I order the 1996. But I didn’t open yet the 1971 or 1972 (given the price, I am waiting a special occasion)

    MARS

  • Charlie

    Looks like the sulfur odor did not bother you this time like Glendronach 15 YO Revival.

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    My sample of the 1992 is absolutely clean, I can’t detect any sulphur. Not of the nasty kind anyway. After your comment, I’ve compared it to the 15yo and there’s a huge difference between them!

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