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13 Sep 2011

GlenDronach 1992 (cask #161)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in GlenDronach

In this little series of the fourth batch of single casks, here’s one of the younger casks, the GlenDronach 1992 cask #161.


GlenDronach 1992 cask 161GlenDronach 19 yo 1992 (59,2%, OB 2011, oloroso butt #161, 500 btl.)

Nose: a more pronounced version. It has some lovely polished oak and nutty aromas. A little heather honey. Natural caramel. Kirsch and raspberry liqueur. Hints of bread crust. Silky vanilla and almond paste too. There’s a subtle herbal / earthy side as well which makes it stand out. All of this on the expected background of dried fruits and sultanas. Very good, nicely balanced and more complex than the 1989 and 1990 (just like the sherry I would say – PX can be a little mono-dimensional). Mouth: spicy sherry (cinnamon, pepper) with a nice raspberry / cocoa combo. Sweet and sour. Orange cake. Again a range of herbal flavours. Heather honey. Vanilla and nuts. Pretty great. Finish: long, fading on chocolate and herbs.

A very entertaining cask, with all the expected elements but also a wealth of additional layers. Very attractive. If you’d ask me to recommend one of the more accessible bottles of this batch, this would be the one. Around € 115.

Score: 90/100

GlenDronach 1992 (cask #161) 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-09-13
  • Kian

    I was very impressed with this one too, it may well be the most complex and interesting sherried whisky I have encountered – amazing depth and balance, one of those you could sit and nose for ages and somehow it all carries through on the palate – superb.

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  • MARS

    Got 2 bottles. So, I will try it as soon as possible.

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  • MARS

    A really nice glendronach single cask, this one. I agree with your notes. Equal to the versailles for me, but in a very different style(even if the 2 are sherry monster).
    I sould have buy a case and not only 2 bottles!

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