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21 Oct 2010

GlenDronach 1996 (Malts of Scotland)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in GlenDronach

GlenDronach has recently built a solid reputation with its new OB’s and yearly single casks. Independent releases are scarce under the new owners but Malts of Scotland has proven it knows how to acquire special casks.

A similar cask #197 was released shortly after as an official bottling – it was available at the distillery only.

 

GlenDronach 1996 MoS 195 GlenDronach 14 yo 1996 (57,2%, Malts of Scotland 2010, oloroso cask #195, 287 btl.)

Nose: very thick and heavy. Chocolate coated raisins. Toffee and balsamic syrup. Prune jam. Lots of nutty aromas (walnut, hazelnut butter, Nutella) and bread crust with honey. Milk chocolate. A few herbal (Maggi) notes as well. Mouth: also very heavy – sweet and sticky. Mocha. Roasted nuts. A little pepper. Stewed fruits and prunes. Dark chocolate. Dates and figs. Walnuts. Finish: Quite long, totally on dark cherries and chocolate sauce.

This is thicker than a’bunadh… thicker than other GlenDronach as well. It’s not bad (not at all) but I think it’s slightly over the top and too focused on the sherry. It is probably great as a sauce for vanilla ice cream, I will try that as soon as I have the chance. Around € 60.

Score: 82/100

GlenDronach 1996 (Malts of Scotland) 3 Ruben Luyten 2010-10-21
  • Roel

    Hi Ruben,

    I sampled this one too, but I remember it as a bit better. Thanks for your notes and happy dramming!

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  • Tony: Yes, lower! It is almost unheard of for a more recent and older aged bottling to be 30% cheaper than the previously released one. Maybe that also help
  • Tony: True - I had it in my basket in one web shop as soon as it was announced, but it disappeared before I could check out! Luckily I have some of the prev
  • WhiskyNotes: I don't know, Gal. This kind of bottle is either sold out through pre-orders, or in a webshop five minutes after it appears online.

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