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 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.