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The GlenDronach Cask Bottling Batch Is Available For The First Time In The U.S.

The GlenDronach Cask Bottling collection is finally crossing the Atlantic.

Four casks that master blender Rachel Barrie has chosen for the distillery’s Cask Bottling Batch 18, it was recently announced, are making their U.S. debut. These American releases were bottled from Oloroso, Pedro Ximenez, and Port Pipe casks aged starting in 1993, 1994, 2005, and 2008 with a ABV ranging from 51.4% to 59.8%.

“The GlenDronach Cask Bottling Batch 18 is a celebration of the distillery’s time-honored mastery and a showcase of the finest of what this richly-sherried Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has to offer,” Barrie said, in a prepared statement.

GlenDronach Cask Bottling Batch 18
The GlenDronach Cask Bottling Batch 18 has four US offerings (image via Brown-Forman)

“This long standing, much loved release is a focal point to each year, demonstrating the exquisite character of our whiskies, through these exceptional casks which I have carefully hand-selected. Each cask individually explores the sophistication, powerful intricacy and rich layers of Spanish sherry cask maturation found in every expression of The GlenDronach.”

These American releases from Cask Bottling Batch 18 are extremely limited. The GlenDronach is only producing around 650 bottles of each expression and, depending on the age of the whisky, the SRP for each ranges from $120 to $600 USD. Official tasting notes and details for each bottle are below.

As for the rest of The GlenDronach’s Cask Bottling Batch 18, the full range is available at global retailers, and those folks lucky enough to stop by the distillery visitor’s center in Aberdeenshire, Scotland when it reopens will be able to taste all 18 bottles by the dram.

2008 CASK 3017 

  • SRP: $120
  • Aged: 12 years
  • Cask Type: Oloroso puncheon
  • Color: Warm autumn gold
  • Nose: Candied fruit, spiced vanilla and sandalwood with caramelized Sultana raisins and mixed nuts
  • Palate: Honeyed mead and orange marmalade on toast with ground nutmeg, ginger and lingering dark vanilla
  • ABV: 59.8%
  • Bottles produced: 628

2005 CASK 1928 

  • SRP: $150
  • Aged: 14 years
  • Cask Type: Pedro Ximénex puncheon
  • Color: Honeyed gold
  • Nose: Sweet ginger, morello cherry and cinnamon spice with mocha, wild raspberry and mint
  • Palate: Seville orange, blackberry and cherry cake, with gingerbread, sweet malt, spice and dark chocolate mint
  • ABV: 58%
  • Bottles produced: 612

1994 CASK 5287 

  • SRP: $415
  • Aged: 26 years
  • Cask Type: Port pipe
  • Color: Chestnut gold
  • Nose: Highland toffee and walnut with dark chocolate truffle and the seductive scent of an earthen-floored warehouse
  • Palate: Walnut and black truffle with lingering toffee, cocoa and dark bramble fruit
  • ABV: 51.3
  • Bottles produced: 638

1993 CASK 7102 

  • SRP: $600
  • Aged: 27 years
  • Cask Type: Oloroso puncheon
  • Color: Treacle
  • Nose: Spiced bramble and toasted cinnamon with dark vanilla, walnut and the subtle fragrance of Oloroso cream sherry
  • Palate: Morello cherry, mixed spice and raisin with lingering treacle, date and ginger fruitcake
  • ABV: 51.4%
  • Bottles produced: 633

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