03 Oct 2009
GlenDronach 1996 (cask #193)
Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in GlenDronach
While reviewing the GlenDronach single casks, there was one cask that I didn’t post, the GlenDronach 1996. Given its low price, it was sold out very soon.
GlenDronach 13yo 1996 (59,4%,
OB 2009, oloroso butt #193, 399 btl.)
Nose: this one is the most rubbery of all the single casks. Nothing nasty, just plain rubber. I don’t really mind. Of course heavy sherry as well: raisins, prunes, chocolate. Some mint. Leather. Kirsch. A tad more meaty than the other casks as well (tajine lamb?). Mouth: A bit sharp, hints of sweet & sour. Figs and dates. Cherry liqueur again. Classic notes of coffee in the aftertaste. Finish: very long, a bit dry. Dark chocolate. Added notes of oranges.
The 1996 is the youngest and roughest cask of the GlenDronach single cask series. Close to being over-sherried. The rubbery nose costs a few points, but overall still decent value for money. Around € 65.
ps/ Its sister cask #209 (a 1996 vintage as well) is now promoted in Belgium by the GlenDronach “cask in a van” event. You can fill your own bottle straight from the cask.