GlenDronach is set to release its 17th batch of single cask bottlings, with 14 new expressions matured in Sherry or Port casks.
Master blender Rachel Barrie selected 14 single casks from the Highland distillery’s dunnage warehouses to bottle as part of its annual series.
Expressions vary in age, with the two oldest casks distilled in 1990 and matured in a Pedro Ximénez puncheon (Cask #7905) and oloroso Sherry butt (Cask #2623).
Among the Sherry casks, for which the distillery is well-known, the series also features two Port pipe-matured malts, a 26-year-old (Cask #5896) and a 25-year-old (Cask #5976).
Each whisky is bottled without chill filtration or added colour, and at a high strength.
‘The batch 17 cask selection truly celebrates the GlenDronach house style; robust, elegant, fruity and full-bodied,’ Barrie commented.
‘Each cask individually explores the sophistication, powerful intricacy and rich layers of Spanish sherry cask maturation found in every GlenDronach expression; from layers of crème brûlée, treacle toffee and over-ripe banana in 1990 to baked blackberry and currants with dark chocolate in 1992, burnt raisin and oloroso-soaked tobacco leaf in 1995 to toasted pain au raisin and butterscotch simmering beneath the surface in 2007.
‘The distinctive flavour and rich mouthfeel of each cask has developed during the slow maturation process.’
GlenDronach’s Cask Bottling Batch 17 is available to purchase at specialist retailers from August 2019 in selected markets. Pricing information was unavailable at the time of publication.
The seven casks available in Europe are:
GlenDronach 2007, 12-year-old, Cask #6769 (PX puncheon), 60.9% abv
GlenDronach 2005, 13-year-old, Cask #887 (Oloroso puncheon), 55.1% abv
GlenDronach 1994, 24-year-old, Cask #325 (PX puncheon), 51.9% abv
GlenDronach 1993, 25-year-old, Cask #5976 (Port pipe), 55.6% abv
GlenDronach 1992, 26-year-old, Cask #847 (Oloroso butt), 59.8% abv
GlenDronach 1992, 26-year-old, Cask #221 (Oloroso butt), 56.5% abv
GlenDronach 1990, 28-year-old, Cask #7905 (PX puncheon), 51.7% abv
The seven casks available in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are:
GlenDronach 2006, 13-year-old, Cask #3359 (Oloroso puncheon), 56.7% abv
GlenDronach 2006, 13-year-old, Cask #3343 (PX puncheon), 56.3% abv
GlenDronach 1995, 23-year-old, Cask #3040 (PX puncheon), 52.5% abv
GlenDronach 1993, 25-year-old, Cask #416 (Oloroso butt), 51.2% abv
GlenDronach 1992, 26-year-old, Cask #5896 (Port pipe), 49.3% abv
GlenDronach 1992, 26-year-old, Cask #113 (Oloroso butt), 50.1% abv
GlenDronach 1990, 28-year-old, Cask #2623 (Oloroso butt), 50.1% abv