The GlenDronach In Scotland Shows Off New Whisky Finished In Ex-Port Casks - The Whiskey Wash

The GlenDronach In Scotland Shows Off New Whisky Finished In Ex-Port Casks

By Nino Marchetti / June 20, 2019

Scotland’s The GlenDronach distillery has long been known for its sherry cask focused Scotch single malt whisky program. Typically the whiskies here go through different periods of aging in these cask types before being bottled straight away. A little bit rarer is a second maturation, or finishing, of this brown spirit in other cask type. A new release from here though is bucking this trend.

The new The GlenDronach Port Wood, according to those behind it, is a 10-year-old Scotch whisky that’s initially been matured in the distillery’s trademark Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks. From there it is then transferred into ex-port pipes from the Douro Valley of Portugal for a second maturation. It is finally bottled at 46% ABV.

The GlenDronach Port Wood

The GlenDronach Port Wood (image via The GlenDronach)

“The GlenDronach is known around the world for its marriage of fruity and nutty Oloroso Sherry casks and intensely rich Pedro Ximénez casks from Andalucia in Spain,” said The GlenDronach master blender Rachel Barrie in a prepared statement. “We are delighted to celebrate a Portuguese twist in The GlenDronach Port Wood enjoying a second maturation in Port casks. With an intense cherry wood colour this rich Highland Single Malt reinforces delightful waves of Victoria plum, brambles and strawberry jam on the nose. Layers upon layers of rich fruits open up on the palate with notes of roasted apple crumble developing into baked orange and black cherry back-notes.”

As it stands now plans call for this whisky to be released globally starting this month. No immediate price was mentioned. It should be noted as well the Port Wood is non-chill filtered and absorbs color naturally over time from the Spanish oak in which it resides.