Glendronach recently announced the latest release from its higher end Grandeur series, taking the form of a 28 year old Scotch single malt whisky.
The new Glendronach Grandeur Batch 11, according to those behind it, is a 28-year-old single malt hand-selected by Master Blender Rachel Barrie from a small number of rare Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks. This aging consideration is in keeping with the distillery’s focus upon sherry cask maturation.
“The GlenDronach Grandeur is an unparalleled range of the finest aromas and character from masterful Spanish oak sherry cask maturation,” said Barrie in a prepared statement. “A Single Malt of elegant finesse, this expression offers a symphony of sherry aromatics interwoven with dark manuka honey, roasted almond, and walnut.
“It is intense and full-bodied, as is the signature of The GlenDronach, with a crescendo of black cherry and espresso adorning each mouthful.”
A limited number of Grandeur Batch 11 bottles will be available, with each individual bottle sealed with wax and numbered by hand. The single malt is bottled at 48.9% ABV, and, as is the case for all The GlenDronach expressions, it is said, “develops its deep color naturally over time from the Spanish oak in which it rests.” It is available in the U.S. at a suggested retail price of $800.
Official tasting notes are below.
- Color: Ruby-tinged walnut.
- Nose: Opulent and powerful with a symphony of sherry aromatics, interwoven with dark manuka honey, roasted almond, and walnut. Baked plum and ginger captivate the senses, deepening to rustic vintage leather and freshly ground coffee.
- Palate: Intense and full-bodied with dark fruit notes on a base of velvet and fine leather. A crescendo of black cherry and espresso adorns each mouthful.
- Finish: Richly rewarding, with a persistent chocolate, licorice, and walnut finish.
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