The Glendronach distillery in Scotland, as we’ve written about many times in the past, is a must drink their whisky experience for those who are fans of sherry cask aged single malts. One of the highlights of Glendronach’s releases is the once in awhile Grandeur bottlings, which typically focuses upon bringing together into one expression older stocks of unique Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks. The tenth batch of this variant has now been announced, being one of the oldest to date.
The Glendronach Grandeur Batch 10, according to those behind it, is a 27 year old Scotch single malt whisky that was drawn from a selection of ex-Pedro Ximénez and ex-Oloroso sherry puncheons and butts has been maturing in the distillery’s traditional dunnage warehouses since the 1960s. This particular release was put together by master blender Rachel Barrie and bottled at 50.1% ABV.
“Quietly maturing for over 27 years in the dark of our dunnage warehouses, The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 10 is undoubtedly a superb expression and a fantastic representation of the smooth, complex and full-bodied style that The GlenDronach Distillery is famous for,” said Barrie in a prepared statement.
2,293 bottles of Batch 10 are being released worldwide, with just 240 of those coming to the United States at a cost of around $700 each. You’ll find some official tasting notes below on this intense cherry wood colored whisky your consideration from the distillery.
- On the nose, a masterful symphony of ripe damson plum, freshly cracked black walnut and concentrated blackberry and apple jam. The scent of antique leather, truffle oil and cedar cigar box wafts seductively, as mellow maturity balances the richly sherried sweetness.
- On the palate, exquisite sherry cask maturation combining elegance, richness and complexity. Sip morello cherries in dark chocolate with a crescendo of blackberry jus.
- On the finish, savor black truffle, old-fashioned molasses gingerbread, prune and walnut oil lingering long into the richly satisfying finish.
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