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16 Sep 2010

GlenDronach 1989 (cask #3315)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: GlenDronach

This GlenDronach 1989 cask 3315 is the second Pedro Ximénez expression.

PX grapes are dried in the sun instead of being pressed immediately. This transforms them into raisins with less liquid and more sugar. Alcohol needs to be added, otherwise the PX most won’t ferment. The end result is thick and sweet and full of flavour. Be sure to try a PX wine if you have the chance, it’s really unique.


GlenDronach 1989 PX cask 3315 GlenDronach 20 yo 1989 (53,2%, OB 2010, Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheon #3315, 522 btl.)

Nose: another clean sherry cask, this time much more fragrant with bigger hints of balsamic vinegar and syrup. Great leathery notes and something of oak polish / paint thinner (a great addition actually) which reminds me of some bourbons. Oranges, prunes and dates. Raspberries. Baked apple pie with rum & raisins. Pencil shavings. Very expressive, with more obvious wood influence than the 1991 cask. Water makes it lighter with fresh red berries. Mouth: really different! Dark and sweet – it’s easy to recognize the viscous character of Pedro Ximenez sherry. Raisins, chewy figs and caramelized sugar. Lots of nuts as well (hazelnuts, walnuts, roasted almonds, mocha). Deep and slightly overweight if you know what I mean. Finish: long on raisins, chocolate and mocha. Getting dry and slightly bitter in the end.

I’d recommend this one if you want to try something different. It’s quite massive and intense, just like the type of sherry it was matured in. Not for beginners I would say. Water helps to find the balance. Around € 100.

Score: 90/100

GlenDronach 1989 (cask #3315) 4 Ruben Luyten 2010-09-16
  • Charlie

    Nice reviews of the 1989-1990-1991-1993 single casks! I look forward to your comments on the 1971-1972-1978. Thank you.

  • MARS

    Good review, I am trying it right now from a bottle I open 1 hour before. I agree about most of what you said.
    I just find that acidity is quite present and I don’t like it with water.
    Easy drinkable without water(less with). But not for beginners, that’s sure! (anyway, I have 3 bottles of this one already. It makes it harder to beginners to get one)
    I will see how it evolve with some breezing.(and keep informed)

  • Michael

    Only 6 coming to Canada. Thank you for the review. Waiting for my bottle.

  • MARS

    Nice evolution for the moment. More sweet with a lot of coffee, moka, chicory, nuts.
    Alcool is a little bit more agressive in the mouth after half of the dram. Half the bottle is already gone.

  • Peter De Decker

    Thank you!
    the PX is a very good one. price was promo ca 124€, not 100€.

    is a very normal and good price for a sigle cask of this kind.


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