GlenDronach 2003 (cask #1751 for The Duchess)

This is a GlenDronach 2003 selected for The Duchess in Holland. It is not your average GlenDronach as it was matured entirely in a Virgin oak hogshead (and not finished like most other virgin oak GlenDronach).


GlenDronach 2003 Virgin oak #1751 - The DuchessGlenDronach 13 yo 2003
(53,9%, OB for The Duchess 2016, Virgin oak hogshead #1751, 250 btl.)

Nose: starts like a grain whisky, in the sense that it’s full of oak shavings, coconut and vanilla. Cinnamon dusting. Then some lactic notes, a little custard and juicy peaches. Strawberry jam. Syrupy tarte tatin with just a hint of mint.

Mouth: there’s a fruity core (apricots, roasted pineapple) but this is mostly on spices. Ginger, pepper, cinnamon. Then some blackberry leaves and fruit tea. Hints of burnt wood.

Finish: long, very dry, peppery with a bitter woody edge.

Really interesting, a Scotch with flashes of bourbon and grain whisky. You have to like an oaky style though. Around € 85 from Best of Whiskies.

Score: 86/100