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16 Jun 2011

GlenDronach 2002 (Cask in a Van 2010)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: GlenDronach

GlenDronach has a yearly tradition of releasing a single cask for Belgium, bottled straight from the van. In September 2010, they selected a bourbon cask with a virgin oak finish – not an obvious choice considering the GlenDronach tradition of sherry maturation.

While we’re tasting the 2010 release, be prepared for the 2011 edition next week (starting June 20 at TastToe and ending June 25). This time it will be a 2002 Pedro Ximenez finish.

 

GlenDronach 2002 Cask in a vanGlenDronach 8 yo 2002 (58%, OB for
Cask in a Van 2010, cask #4521,
Virgin oak hogshead finish, 312 btl.)

Nose: spicy like a new oak cask can be. Vanilla, a little mint and pepper. Some green banana. Also a few toasted notes (burnt sugar, burnt plywood). With water, it becomes very lightly tropical although the spices are still in the lead. Mouth: hot and gingery. Buttered toast and nuts. Slightly too sweet, a bit artificial (like commercial vanilla & cinnamon sugar). Quite some wood again with nutmeg and pepper. Hints of cake. Burnt sugar again. Finish: rather long and sweet.

A bit peculiar and uncommon for this distillery (although GlenDronach 14yo Virgin Oak was similar). The usual qualities of GlenDronach are not really present here, so I’m expecting more of the sherry version this year. Around € 50.

Score: 82/100

GlenDronach 2002 (Cask in a Van 2010) 3 Ruben Luyten 2011-06-16
  • MARS

    For me, this one need a lot of water to be drinkable and open up.

    For the cask in a van of next week my cavist is saying that it is a pedro ximenez finish and I tend to believe as it is said that all the cask filled from 2002 to 2008 were bourbon cask.
    Given that the distillery was closed from 1996 to 2002, it is 12 years without sherry cask. :-/

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Indeed, I’m afraid most of the low-priced GlenDronachs will be bourbon matured in the near future.

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