GlenDronach

GlenDronach 13 Years Old 2003 Cask 713 ~ 56.5% (The Green Welly Stop)

Whisky Review: GlenDronach 13 Years Old 2003 Cask 713

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: GlenDronach Distillery

Bottling: Exclusive for The Green Welly Stop

ABV: 56.5%

Cost: £62.00 from The Green Welly Stop

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What they say:

Since our trilogy bottlings did so amazingly well we requested another cask from GlenDronach and they delivered with an absolute stunner of a single cask.

With a turn out of 670 bottles.

A PX Sherry Puncheon maturation.
Date Distilled in 1/08/2003.
Date Bottled is 9/2016 at Cask Strength.

Tasting notes:

Nose

Golden sultanas and fig syrup infused with rich vanilla, ground almond and a warm, white pepper spice.

Palate

A vibrant burst of orange zest and toasted oak, followed by rum-soaked raisins and sweet sultanas, all over a cracked barley and cedar wood background.

Distilled and bottled at GlenDronach Distillery.

PRE ORDER SPECIAL – INTRODUCTORY PRICE FOR PRE ORDER £62.00 AFTER PRE ORDER PERIOD PRICE IS £69.99.

What I say:

Following on from their other 50th anniversary bottlings at The Green Welly Stop – including their previous memorable GlenDronach offering, we once again jumped at the chance to sample another GlenDronach selection bottled exclusively for TGWS. GlenDronach’s are currently IN in a big way, having quietly usurped both Macallan and Glenfarclas’s crowns as the master’s of sherried whisky. At GlenDronach they are producing some seriously dark, well-sherried whisky in a style that I just love! This one was finally sampled as a prelude to the latest Batch 14 official single cask releases from GlenDronach – heaven!

Colour:

Bronze amber gold (8/20) quick medium tears & long fine legs

Nose:

Musty sherry, dunnage warehouse, oaky wood, leather, raisins, chocolate, malty cereal barley, heather honey, beer/yeasty, ryebread, with zesty ginger and orange marmalade,veneer of polished toffee suggesting slight refill cask quality

Taste:

Thick honey and syrup, zesty orange peel, red grapefruit, ginger, lemongrass, raisin – wine-soaked, malty cereal barley, milk chocolate sweet, walnut, with water a little sweet spearmint appears

Finish:

Long, fiery ginger, nutty, dried fruits & peel

Overall:

Little fiery in places but great depth of flavour

Score: 87/100

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