You’ve probably heard of the Cask in a van concept: fill your own bottle straight from a GlenDronach cask that’s touring shops all over Belgium. This year, the third edition brought us an 8 years old Pedro Ximénez cask. It was actually a PX finish, not a full maturation.
GlenDronach 8 yo 2002 (55%, OB for Cask in a Van III 2011, PX sherry butt #2009, 660 btl.)
Nose: sweet with lots of moscovado sugar and caramel. Flambéed bananas. Angelica fruit cake. Sweet nuts and honey. Punchy pepper and a few herbs in the background, as well as toasted oak.
Mouth: sweet and spicy start (pepper again, but also softer vanilla). Then a burst of forest fruits and praline as well as some winey flavours (hints of chocolates filled with balsamic ganache). Then some liquorice, dark chocolate and a few earthy notes.
Finish: rather long, on sweet mocha and milk chocolate with a slightly hot afterglow.
A young GlenDronach that shows typical sherry influences but also a youthful nervousness. Good value for money. Around € 55. Still a few bottles available.