AWARD-WINNING GlenDronach has today (30 September) released the latest batch, its twelfth, of single cask bottlings.
All nine are outstanding and have been matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks from Southern Spain to create a dark, spicy whisky with notes of sherry sweetness, dried fruits and raisins.
Bottled in August, all are available as of today and presented in beautiful gift boxes.
As with previous batches, each single cask’s character is distinctive and the taste sublime, with the Pedro Ximenez sherry influence perfectly balancing the spicy notes and robustness of the renowned GlenDronach spirit.
Batch 12 ranges from 43 to 11 years old. Eight whiskies have been matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheons while one, the oldest, comes from a wonderful Pedro Ximenez sherry butt.
The nine casks have been hand-selected by Master Distiller Billy Walker who said: “Our whiskies are all about the interaction of the wood with the Highland character of the spirit.
“In these nine extraordinary bottlings, you see and taste the sherry wood working its magic on our whisky. The whisky sits and ages in peace, and it starts to darken and pick up subtle flavours from the wood, resulting in sensational aged whiskies that are appreciated worldwide by our customers.”
GlenDronach Batch 12 has a number of superb highlights.
The oldest, 1972 cask number 706, at 51.1% vol, is a dark mahogany 43 years old sherry monster matured in a Pedro Ximenez sherry butt. On the nose, rich sour plums and dark chocolate are backed by a nutty tobacco note and a hint of clove oil. And on the palate, sherried Christmas cake is sweetened with a dusting of Muscovado sugar and mixed candied peel.
As a contrast, the 11 years old from cask number 5524, at 57.8% vol, is the youngest. On the nose, rich prunes and oak spices combine with a grating of nutmeg and a delicate liquorice note. On the palate, soft treacle toffee and rich raisin juice are infused with hints of cinnamon sugar and sweet floral oak spice.
The cask details are as follows:
1972 cask # 706 / 43 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Butt / 51.1% vol.
1990 cask # 1375 / 25 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 51.6% vol.
1994 cask # 3273 / 20 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 53.3% vol.
1994 cask # 3398 / 20 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 53.2% vol.
1995 cask # 444 / 20 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 52.0% vol.
1995 cask # 3806 / 19 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 54.5% vol.
1995 cask # 4034 / 19 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 55.4% vol.
2003 cask # 934 / 12 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 53.7% vol.
2004 cask # 5524 / 11 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 57.8% vol.
All nine bottlings will be available soon at your local retailer.
For more information, visit www.glendronachdistillery.co.uk