Whisky Review: GlenDronach 20 Years Old 1994 Single Cask #3400

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glendronach Distillery

Bottling: Abbey Whisky; Cask 3400

ABV: 54.8%

Cost: out of stock

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What they say:

GlenDronach 20 Years Old 1994 Single Cask #3400 AW exclusive

Following on from the resounding success of GlenDronach single cask 33, selecting a new release from a series of cask samples in search of something equally special was no mean feat, believe us (although we had a great time in doing so…!) Comparisons will inevitably be made, however this exceptional dram is deserved of equal praise thanks to its sophisticated flavours and we’re excited to present it to you as the latest AW exclusive…

Oh hello… What a nose!! Lovely, deep and rich, delicate and very giving – golden syrup, dried fruits, figs, prunes, liquor soaked sultanas, chocolate and orange sponge. Delightful, luscious, lovely and warm – Rum & raisin ice cream! Hints of tobacco and a touch of menthol…Wow, this dram gets better and better with time. The big flavours continue on the palate – lots of lovely warm spice, oak, orange peal, ginger, leather & dark chocolate shavings. Dried fruit coming back to the fore – prunes, dark raisins, a slight ‘grapiness’, touch of maple syrup and a hint of sweet coffee beans….

Vintage: 1994

Bottling Date: 2014

Cask Type: Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon

No of Bottles: 672

What I say:

Released exclusively by Abbey Whisky back in 2014, this was their second GlenDronach bottling after the 1993 Cask #33 we reviewed here. If the GlenDronach yearly single cask batches are not enough to keep you going for 12 months then these sneaky wee extra bottles will see you through the dark months ;-D.

Appearance:

Blood red/dark (18/20)

Nose:

Figgy, herbal ricola sweeties, rosemary, sage, dark chocolate, black cherry, tannic leather and oak wood, walnut, chestnut and rose woods, damson, rubbery hints like natural latex

Taste:

Nutty, walnut, brazil nut, hazelnut, dark chocolate, damson, fig, black cherry, pretty much Black Forest Gateaux in a glass!

Finish:

Medium-long, tannic oak wood, herbal and dried fruits

Overall:

Drying and herbal with some intensity, far less fruity than usual – though it may just be that the nutty and chocolate PX characters are displayed most in here.

Score: 86/100

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