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11 Oct 2013

GlenDronach 2002 (cask #710)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in GlenDronach

This GlenDronach 2002 was bottled for The Whisky Fair (check the related GlenDronach 1993 for The Whisky Agency). These 2002 casks are the oldest ones filled at the distillery under the new ownership, after it had been mothballed since 1996.

It was drawn from a Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon (bigger than a hogshead, smaller than a butt). Not sure whether this means full maturation or just a finishing period like here, or maybe even a re-racked cask.

Update: a well deserved Best Sherried Whisky award for this one (Malt Maniacs Awards 2013).

 

GlenDronach 2002 cask #710 - Whisky FairGlenDronach 10 yo 2002
(52,8%, OB for The Whisky Fair 2013, Pedro Ximénez puncheon #710, 665 btl.)

Nose: honey, maple syrup and a caramel mocha latte note. Some spicy notes like cinnamon and candied ginger. Sweet nuts. Some brown sugar and sourish red berries. Leather. Hints of smoke or toasted oak in the background. Overall less profoundly sherried than you would expect. Mouth: again quite spicy, quite some white pepper at first, then also cinnamon and cloves. Dark chocolate. Plenty of classic sultanas, sweet plums and dates, as well as a hint of orange jam. A little fudge. Some oak and coffee. Finish: long and warming, with the spices up front and a lingering dark plum sweetness behind them.

Quite a spicy GlenDronach, a bit of a ‘punche(on)ed up’ version with some nervous elements alongside more classic notes. Around € 75.

Score: 88/100

GlenDronach 2002 (cask #710) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-10-11
  • MARS

    finished or not is the question. I have seen some cask without the word”finished” from 2002 recently(and the one I tryed are good). But pernod ricard who was owning the distillery from 2002 to 2008 is supposed to have only used bourbon cask.
    But maybe it’s a cask that glendronach buyed to a blender (I know they are buying cask everywhere(or exchanging them against new one, to be exact)

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  • Tony: I wonder if the rest of the cask is the TWE 1981 just released with no cask number (and a similar though not identical strength)...
  • john marrinan: That is true, but to all intents and purposes a score of 87 is the same as a score of 90. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the maniacs scored it the
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