GLENDRONACH has today, 29 January, released the latest batch, its eleventh, of single cask bottlings.
It comprises nine outstanding casks from the award-winning Aberdeenshire distillery that were bottled in November and all are available as of today.
Ranging from 43 to 18 years old, there is huge and intriguing variety across the nine, six of which were matured in Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheons, two in Oloroso Sherry Butts and one in an Oloroso Sherry Puncheon.
Typically for GlenDronach, each cask demonstrates the classic robust and richly sherried style infused with mouth-watering, zingy fruits.
All nine single casks have been hand-selected by BenRiach’s Managing Director and Master Distiller Billy Walker who described them as “sensational” and added:
“I believe Batch 11 makes a very simple point - the wood has a huge influence on the spirit. You immediately sense - and taste - the influence of the casks on these nine sublime single malts. The subtle interaction of the ex-sherry wood with the Highland spirit over long dark years in the warehouse creates a luxurious and amazingly complex raft of flavours. In these nine expressions you feel the pulse of our inventory at GlenDronach and the idiosyncratic personality of the casks coming through. That, plus the passion and craftsmanship of our people, is what produces these incredible whiskies time and time again.”
Batch Eleven has a number of superb highlights.
The oldest, 1971 cask number 2920, at 48.6% vol, is a monster 43 years old malt matured in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon. Intense treacle toffee floods over sour plums and roasted coffee. Harmonising waves of leather and tobacco give great depth and are balanced perfectly by a subtle toasted walnut and date back note.
As a contrast the 18 years old from cask number 244, at 56.9% vol, is the youngest, distilled in February 1996. Matured in a fine Oloroso Sherry Butt, there is a tremendous balance of mixed candied peel and stewed dark fruits sprinkled with dark Demerara. Delicious waves of toffee, cracked barley and warm oak spices combine to give a long and elegant finish.
The cask details are as follows:
1971 cask # 2920 / 43 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 48.6% vol.
1990 cask # 1020 / 24 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 53.8% vol.
1990 cask # 1162 / 24 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 52.9%vol.
1994 cask # 54 / 20 years old / Oloroso Sherry Butt / 56.6% vol.
1994 cask # 3201 / 20 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 56.2% vol.
1994 cask # 3386 / 20 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 53.6% vol.
1995 cask # 538 / 19 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 55.0% vol.
1995 cask # 4941 / 19 years old / Oloroso Sherry Puncheon / 57.0% vol.
1996 cask # 244 / 18 years old / Oloroso Sherry Butt / 56.9% vol.