GlenDronach 11 Years Old 2003 Cask 5691 (54.4%, The Green Welly Stop 50th, 2014)
- Highland single malt scotch whisky
- 54.4% ABV, £49.95
- Score: 90/100
What they say:
Distilled at the GlenDronach distillery 05/03/2003 and matured for 11 years in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon cask No. 5691 before being bottled 01/2015 at 54.4% producing 649 bottles – specially selected and bottled exclusively for the 50th anniversary of The Green Welly Stop.
2015 marks The Green Welly Stop at 50 Years of Age.
Back in 1965 this little business was started. When purchased, it included a 6 bedroom house, post office and shop, two traveling vans (with two resident mice – free of charge), petrol pumps and a coal business. In the earlier views of the business you can see the little shed to the right of the petrol pumps -this was the ‘Shell Shop’ where you paid for your fuel.
A lot has happened since, name change, additions, more additions, car park, motorbikes and even more!
Zip forward 49 years, on a cold night, the 28th September 2014, Six of us sat around a table in Tyndrum, and chose our initial 50th Anniversary Release.
We had already whittled it down to 6 casks. There were some standout casks, and maybe one or that we can return to later in the year. (who knows?)
So without further ado – the chosen cask:
GlenDronach 2003, a smidgeon under 12 Years.
Distilled 5th March 2003 and bottled January 2015.
Cask Strength 54.4%
We had the choice between a PX and an Oloroso, and the PX won hands down.
Cask Type – PX – Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon
Bottles available: 649 – confirmed.
Nose: White pepper and hints of ginger warm rich fig-syrup over sticky toffee pudding.
Appearance: Rich amber-gold.
Palate: Candied peel and stem ginger add a crisp spice to coca-dusted dates and vanilla poached orchard fruits
What I say:
No excuse is needed to purchase or sample a single cask GlenDronach these days, however when the Green Welly announced they were bottling something to celebrate their 50th anniversary you knew it was going to be good. Selected to keep the price under £50 and also to be a very drinkable and enjoyable whisky, they picked out this 11yo PX puncheon matured GlenDronach from 2003.
Burnished copper russet (16/20) with thick tears/heavy trails
Newly sharpened colour pencils (pencil shavings and crayon wax), fruity, figs, dates, raisin, white pepper, cinnamon, leather-bound journals, perfumed violets, brazil nuts and zesty lemon drizzle icing.
Light, honeyed fruits initially, fruit compote, brambles, berries/red fruits – strawberries, raspberries, then nutty; walnut, hazelnut, brazil and pecan lead into maple syrup, cherry (kirsch – liqueur-y), cherry lips and strawberry laces sweeties, sticky toffee pudding and chocolate sauce
Long, drying, sweet fruit and nut and effervescent lemon drizzle cake with hints of ginger
Worth every penny! The best bang/buck whisky we have sampled so far this year – and don’t let the fact it is only February detract from that. A classic PX matured ‘Dronach. Oodles of fruit and nut but some fresher woody and spirit notes add zing and interest. Happy 50th at the green Welly Stop!