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09 Oct 2013

GlenDronach 1993 (cask #4)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: GlenDronach

There are two new GlenDronach releases for Germany. The first is a GlenDronach 2002 PX for The Whisky Fair and the other one a GlenDronach 1993 for The Whisky Agency. Cask number 4.

I’ve tried cask #12 earlier, and I bought a bottle of cask #3 which I thought was clearly better. All of these are oloroso butts.

 

GlenDronach 1993 cask #4 The Whisky AgencyGlenDronach 20 yo 1993
(53,6%, OB for The Whisky Agency 2013, oloroso sherry butt #4, 664 btl.)

Nose: a very elegant and aromatic nose with a rosebud / rosehip syrup / waxed oak combination that is truly fantastic. Incensed church and old leather. Some earthy / leafy notes and bread in the background. Then some chocolate almonds and walnut cake. Just a little sticky caramel and meaty hints, but they come and go – easy to forgive. Mouth: sweet, with truckloads of figs, dates and sultanas. A slight gingery heat. Black cherries. Cinnamon. Slowly moving towards coffee beans and herbal notes. Cigar leaves. Drying out. Finish: very long, dry, with a nice bittersweet balance. Echoes of sweet Vermouth.

A great middle-aged GlenDronach. Nice selection by TWA. In case you’ve missed cask #3 from the official single casks batch #8, check this out. And keep an eye on these 1993′s. Around € 150.

Score: 91/100

GlenDronach 1993 (cask #4) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-10-09

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
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  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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