Scotch By Nino Marchetti / January 16, 2019 One of the more anticipated releases to come out of the Glendronach Scotch whisky aging warehouses each year is the Grandeur bottling. A blend of some of their finest whiskies aging in different types of ex-sherry casks, the typical age range of this offering is between 20 and 30 years old. For Batch 10, what the distillery is releasing is definitely in that range. The Glendronach Grandeur, Batch 10, according to those behind it, is the result of the distillery’s master blender Rachel Barrie having dug through the various sherry cask puncheons and butts that have been maturing in our traditional dunnage warehouses since the 1960s. She chose from a select group of ex-Pedro Ximénez and ex-Oloroso sherry casks holding aging Scotch to come up with this over 27 years old expression. Glendronach Grandeur Batch 10 (image via Glendronach) “Quietly maturing for over 27 years in the darkness of our dunnage warehouses, The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 10 is a symphony of depth and mellow maturity, reminiscent of times gone by,” said Barrie in a prepared statement. “With layers of damson plum, black walnut and truffle on a bed of antique leather and old-fashioned treacle gingerbread, Batch 10 celebrates the robust, full-bodied style of The GlenDronach Distillery.” Plans call for 2,293 bottles to be released, each at a bottling strength of 50.1% ABV and pricing at £449, or around $570 USD. They are individually numbered by hand and, as has been the case with previous Grandeur releases, come in a special case. You’ll find some official tasting notes for this cherry wood colored whisky below for your consideration. Nose: A masterful symphony of ripe damson plum, freshly cracked black walnut and concentrated bramble and apple jam. The scent of old antique leather, truffle oil and cedar cigar box waft seductively, as mellow maturity balances the richly sherried sweetness. Taste: Exquisite sherry cask maturation combining elegance, richness and complexity. Sip morello cherries in dark chocolate with a crescendo of blackberry jus. Finish: Savour black truffle, old-fashioned treacle gingerbread, prune and walnut oil lingering long into the richly satisfying finish.