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21 Feb 2014

GlenDronach 1992 (cask #195)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: GlenDronach

This GlenDronach 1992 cask #195 was part of the 9th batch of GlenDronach single casks. It was bottled from an Oloroso butt. I already tried sister cask #161 a couple of years ago and I like it a lot.

 

 

GlenDronach 1992 cask #195GlenDronach 21 yo 1992 (59,8%, OB 2013, Oloroso butt #195, 566 btl.)

Nose: very dense, even a little closed at first. Dark chocolate and coffee liqueur. Some roasted chestnuts and toasted bread crust. Some oak spices (pepper, clove). It’s only after a while that brighter red fruits and kirsch gets noticeable. Also an earthy and rubbery side. If I remember correctly, cask #161 was more open and accessible. Mouth: quite fiery, with lots of black prunes, liquorice and roasted nuts. Plenty of herbs, cloves and walnut skin. Again a rubbery edge, pfff. Black coffee and dark chocolate. Slightly oaky and lacking a bit of brightness, although there are some oranges to be found. Finish: long, dry with prunes and lots of spicy notes.

I may have picked the wrong single casks this year. Although better than the 1991 cask #5405, it feels overweight and bulky again. Let’s hope the 1993 vintage can live up to its name. Around € 150.

Score: 82/100

GlenDronach 1992 (cask #195) 3 Ruben Luyten 2014-02-21
  • Kenneth

    Hi Ruben.
    Sounds like a bad batch, Didn’t see that coming!
    Have you tried the 1985? It is said to be an exception.

    Kind Regards

    Kenneth

  • WhiskyNotes

    I’ve made quite a random selection of casks. The 1985 wasn’t part of it, but I expect the 1993 to be really good.

  • Rob77

    Ruben,
    I have the 2013 US release of sister cask 188, also a 1992 21 year Oloroso. Like you, I’m underwhelmed with this bottle. Seems like Glendronach is bottling more so-so casks this year than usual. I hope it’s not a trend.

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