GlenDronach Grandeur 25 Year Old Is Sherry Cask Whisky Goodness

By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / February 12, 2016

GlenDronach Grandeur 25 Year OldAberdeenshire Scottish whisky distillery GlenDronach is back in the new releases news with word of its latest small batch offering from the Grandeur series. This newest expression, batch 7, is 25 years of age and limited in scope to just 1,180 bottles.

The GlenDronach Grandeur 25 Year Old, Batch 7, was bottled at 50.6% ABV after spending a quarter of a century quietly aging in Oloroso sherry casks in the distillery’s traditional dunnage warehouses. The rich red wood color of this whisky reflects the aging time in this style of barrel.

Set to price around £360 (about $520 USD), this whisky should be making its way to retailers right now should you want to try and hunt down a bottle. Official expanded tasting notes for the Grandeur 25 Year Old are below from the distillery.

Nose: An abundance of classic sherried fruits, rich damsons, dates and sweet plum juice infused with freshly sliced ginger and cracked black pepper. Softer notes of orange chocolate and walnut loaf add a delicate balance to the robust dark sherry influences.

Palate:  An elegant, vintage sherry style comprising classic Mediterranean fruits, dark sun-dried raisins, dates and fig syrup infused with delicate chocolate fondant, roasted coffee and a dusting of ground almonds. A delightful combination of sophisticated warm oak spices, freshly-cut ginger and gentle waves of caramelised orange gives a vibrant crisp contrast to the traditional Highland sherry cask characteristics.

Conclusions:   After a quarter of a century peacefully lying in our traditional dunnage warehouses, Master Blender Billy Walker has selected a combination of characterful casks which truly encapsulates the rich history and heritage between the Highland character of GlenDronach and the finest Spanish oloroso sherry casks.

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