Whisky Review: GlenDronach 14 Year Old 2002 Cask 1504

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: GlenDronach Distillery

Bottling: Benriach Distillery Company

ABV: 55.5%

Cost: £81.16 from Master of Malt [sold out]

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What they say:

2002 cask # 1504 / 14 years old / PX Sherry Puncheon / 55.5% vol

A single cask bottling of 14 year old GlenDronach single malt, aged in a Pedro Ximénez Sherry puncheon from June 2002 to September 2016. It was bottled with an outturn of 674 bottles

Nose:

Plum pudding, forest floor and two scoops of chocolate ice cream (with caramel sauce)

Palate:

Sherry-soaked sultanas and rum-like spices. More chocolate-y notes, though now subtly bitter, like a good dark chocolate.

Finish:

Vanilla pod and oak spice.

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), slower/thicker/more defined tears, less resolution to fine legs

Nose:

Fruity, dried dark fruits, more chocolate and nut, dried fruits, icing sugar and dusty cinnamon dusting, cinnamon iced bun, malty yeasty beery, maltloaf

Taste:

Syrupy thick, treacle, honey, toffee, chocolare, red fruits, jammy sugary, crème brulee, crème caramel, raisin, prune/plum, duff, damson, cranberry with orange, oak wood with chocolate walnut pecan

Finish:

Medium-long, sweet, chocolate nut and fruit jams

Overall:

Well constructed & well structured – a little deeper bodied with more weight and depth than 2003 (cask 4034), more mileage with water too.

Score: 85/100

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