GlenDronach dug up a 37 and 38 years old cask to be the headliners of this year’s single cask line-up. They have a wonderful dark copper colour that promises two sherry bombs.
GlenDronach 38yo 1971 (49,4%, OB 2009, oloroso cask #483, 544 btl.)
Nose: lovely notes of coffee beans, sultanas and leather. I picked up some hints of matchsticks as well, but they disappeared before I got the chance to dig a little deeper. Nothing to worry about anyway. Quite some sharper, fruitier notes as well, mainly raspberries and cherries. Red, fresh, lush fruit mixed with the sherry. Amazingly playful after so many years. Chocolate with hazelnuts.
Mouth: again a very fresh and vibrant impression. Raisins covered in chocolate with a perfect bitter-sweet tone. Dry figs, some cinnamon. Tangerine. Very elegant.
Finish: long, on chocolate again with a minty touch.
The GlenDronach 1971 is a rich and enticing whisky with only one downside: € 330 is a lot of money. Of course you pay a premium for the age and limited availability. Let’s find out how it compares to the 1972 tomorrow.