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04 Mar 2013

GlenDronach Cask Strength

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: GlenDronach

GlenDronach Cask Strength is a new addition in the core range, without age statement and bottled at 54,8% (at least for batch #1). It’s a vatting of oloroso and Pedro Ximénez matured casks.

 

GlenDronach Cask strengthGlenDronach ‘Cask strength’
(54,8%, OB 2012, batch #1, 12.000 btl.)

Nose: quite aromatic and fruity. Actually maybe a little less sherried than expected, which is a good thing here. Round notes of soaked raisins, Gianduja and cinnamon. Honey and toffee. Juicy, stewed red fruits rather than heavier dried fruits. It even shows a light baked banana / rummy side. Nice. Mouth: sweet and spicy. Plums, blackcurrant jam and again this milk chocolate / hazelnut combination. Some gingerbread and aniseed with a faint gingery heat. Late liquorice and herbs. Finish: long, developing the herbal theme, with slightly loud oak and a darker, drier cocoa feel.

I already highlighted GlenDronach Cask Strength as one of the discoveries of Spirits in the Sky 2012 back in November. It’s clean, fruity and smooth, just great whisky with well-balanced sherry, and it’s one of the best value options in a long time, not just for GlenDronach fans. Now let’s hope they can keep new vattings at the same level. Around € 65.

Score: 90/100

GlenDronach Cask Strength 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-03-04
  • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    a very impressive CS version no doubt, Ruben. and appealing to the lovers of lesser monsters. this one will sell like hot buns. (or already selling)

  • Rogier

    You just made me order another one…

  • WhiskyNotes

    In fact I’ve ordered one myself today. It’s too good and I’m afraid batch 1 will become known as the best one (just like with Bowmore Tempest or Laphroaig 10 CS).

  • hatman

    now sold out on most sites :-(

  • yapi

    Your note made me smile, Ruben. I’ve bought 6 so far, and still in doubt if I go for others… So, so good, I like it best with some time in the glass and a bit of water. And indeed, it is Batch 1. And that “1″ together with that kind of quality draws me and will draw others probably like flies on horsexxxx

  • WhiskyNotes

    I was at http://www.whiskysite.nl earlier today, and they still have around 35 bottles in stock.

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