Glendronach as you might know if you have been following my blog very kindly allowed to me review the whole batch of single casks releases in the 14th release..
A little fact about the distillery is that in days gone by all the workers at GlenDronach would have lived on site, including the distillery manager, staff, excise man, brewer and all of their families… If you visit the distillery today many of the old houses still remain.
The most famous of them all is Glen House, built in 1771 and has been the home to many of the distillery’s managers. Rumour has it that this famous old house has a permanent resident.. The front room is reportedly haunted by a Spanish lady, who travelled over to Scotland in a sherry cask. The heavenly being is said to be quite partial to the odd tipple now and then, maybe this is where the Angels share actually goes !!
Back to the whisky reviews and Starting at the younger end with a 2004 I am now getting towards the end with this 1990 cask, boasting an incredible 26 years in a Pedro Ximenez sherry Butt #2973.. Bottled at 50.8% abv this is all natural..
Nose.. There is nothing fresh here ! The nosejust surrendered to the most glorious old musty aroma imaginable. This is big dried fruits like dates, prunes figs and only the best Turkish delight, rich thick orange marmalade, chocolate orange, all wrapped up in thick maple syrup, black gooey toffee and vanilla.. Old leather, the faintest note of tobacco and liquorice sticks.
Palate.. nom, nom , nom.. This just has everything, those dark fruits are all wrapped in a blanket of thick molasses, the orange segments have a toffee coating, the almonds are of course roasted in sugar and burnt slightly. There is a hint of plums in chocolate sauce and liquorice torpedos, Bakewell tart with a cherry on top of corse.
Finish.. Ahhhh there’s the spice and oak.
Thoughts… O you know how this goes.. it’s bloody good !! The old mature notes are there, close your eyes and you imagine you are in a dusty old warehouse just hovering over an old sherry Butt, sniffing and going ” ooooo” ” aaahhhh” this is pure magic .. No, really this is THAT good, one of the most complex and well rounded Glendronach’s I have had the privilege of trying.. This is hitting every spot and more..