Whisky Review: GlenDronach 13 Year Old 2003 Cask 4034

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: GlenDronach Distillery

Bottling: Benriach Distillery Company

ABV: 52.5%

Cost: £74.29 from Master of Malt [sold out]

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What they say:

GlenDronach Batch 14 Single Cask Release 2003 cask # 4034 / 13 years old / PX Sherry Puncheon / 52.5% vol

Distilled in February 2003 and matured in a Pedro Ximénez Sherry puncheon until September 2016. 696 bottles were produced.

Nose:

Prunes, stewed plums and a good helping of oak warmth.

Palate:

A touch of citrus hides behind layers of dried fruit and milky coffee.

Finish:

Long and well-Sherried.

What I say:

Many thanks to Tom of Toms Whisky Reviews and GlenDronach Distillery for the official sample, due to a slight error Tom ended up with some duplicate samples and graciously offered them to me knowing my love of heavily sherried (and GlenDronach) whiskies.

Colour:

Dark ruby copper (14/20), numerous medium legs

Nose:

Fruity, dried dark fruits, raisin, prune, cherry lip sweeties, strawberry, brambles, icing sugar, sweet, jammy red berries, biscuit malt, jammie dodger biscuits with vanilla white hot chocolate and marshmallows, oak wood, chestnut,

Taste:

Red fruit and cream (strawberries & raspberries in particular), raisins, drying, smooth, medium bodied, jammy fruits, toasted brown bread, touch of ginger and cinnamon spices, some chilli/peppery heat, bittering oak wood, slightly herbal and woody / rosemary sprigs

Finish:

Long, sweet and savoury, red fruit jam on herbal scones

Overall:

Singular – jammy fruit in flavour, but withy plenty of malty backbone and body, some hints of woody oak and a small amount of spice lend this interest, but mostly it is just honest GlenDronach sherried goodness!

Score: 85/100

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