Glendronach Offers Up Batch 9 Of Its Cask Strength Single Malt

By Hannah Kanik / February 23, 2021

The GlenDronach Distillery out of Scotland recently unveiled the ninth limited edition release of its Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The brown spirit is matured in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso Sherry casks from Andalucia.

This whisky is a richly-sherried expression, bottled at 59.4% alcohol by volume. 

It is said that with each unique cask strength release Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie “selects and combines the perfect balance of sherry casks before they are bottled at natural cask strength.” The Pedro Ximénez casks bring in rich, fruit flavors while the Oloroso casks draw out dry, nutty notes. 

The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9

The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9 (image via The GlenDronach)

“The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9 is incredibly rich and full-bodied; the result of years of slow maturation in Pedro Ximénez puncheons and Oloroso sherry butts,” Barrie said in a prepared statement. “The depth of this Highland Single Malt’s character is boundless.”

The GlenDronach is known for what’s said to be its strong commitment to tradition, where little has changed over the centuries. The distillery was established nearly two hundred years ago, and the distillers have stuck with what works. Founder James Allardice was an early pioneer of sherry cask maturation and thought the distillery’s whisky would be perfect for slow maturation in the Spanish oak sherry casks. 

The GlenDronach Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is being sold at a suggested retail price of £72, or around $105 USD. It is available to buy from specialist retailers worldwide from this month (global markets may vary) and in the US from June 2021.

You’ll find official tasting notes for it below.

  • Appearance: Deep copper
  • Nose: Cocoa, liquorice root and baked orange on a base of sultana bread and crème brûlée.
  • Palate: Treacle toffee and raisin-filled toasted brioche crescendo to baked apple and bramble pie, butterscotch and star anise.
  • Finish: Layers of richly roasted malt, and a lingering dark chocolate, espresso finish.