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11 Sep 2010

GlenDronach 1990 (cask #2621)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: GlenDronach

Over the next couple of days, I’ll have a look at this year’s GlenDronach single casks. They’ve been bottled in June 2010 but they’re still not available in most countries other than the UK. I’ve thought about a suitable order and I decided to taste them in pairs. The first pair consists of the younger oloroso casks distilled in 1990 and 1993.

Have a look at the 2009 batch of single casks if you wish to compare.


GlenDronach 1990 single cask 2621 GlenDronach 20 yo 1990 (57,9%,
OB 2010, oloroso sherry butt #2621, 
546 btl.)

Nose: quite a fragrant kind of sherry. Hints of sweet honey and oak polish. Red mosto (grape juice) and sour oranges. After that, a very classy nuttiness starts to grow stronger (walnuts, some roasted coffee beans, almonds). Evolves on dark chocolate. There are undertones of matchsticks as well, but they’re actually quite nice and seem to come and go (with some water they simply disappear). Some mint. Hints of leather. Quite complex! Mouth: starts fruity (figs, dates) with hints of cherry liqueur. Again (clean) matchstick notes. Old oranges. Nice mocha and chocolate truffle. A few drops of water highlights walnuts and almonds. Finish: nice finale on coffee and nuts. Quite long.

This GlenDronach 1990 has multiple personalities. It shows a typical nutty sherry but also fresh fruits and hints of matchsticks that we associate with some Karuizawas. I like it, also because it’s interesting to play around with water. Around € 100.

Score: 86/100

GlenDronach 1990 (cask #2621) Ruben Luyten 2010-09-11
  • MARS

    Thanks for reviewing these glendronach.
    I just received the 7 bottles yesterday. Maybe I will try the 1989 this weekend(if I have the time)

    The bottles are already available in france, belgium and luxemburg. But most of the bottles are already gone(sometimes before they get the chance to appear in a shop)

  • Charlie

    Thank you Ruben for reviewing the GlenDronach Batch 2 series!

  • Duffer

    I am quite interested in these Glendronach Single casks – if anybody knows where to buy (not at collectors prices) – please forward to me on langelund@gmail.com
    The wine finished are not relevant. Thank you.

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  • Marco

    Ordered this whisky last week, can’t wait!

  • David Lilley

    These Glendronach Single Cask expressions are all stunning and I cannot recommend highly enough to anyone considering buying

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