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GlenDronach release Batch 16 of their Single Cask Series

GlenDronach release Batch 16 of their Single Cask Series

The GlenDronach Single Cask series of batch releases was established in 2009. This hotly anticipated release of select casks sells out the instant they are released. Batch ’16’ is the first selection of casks made by Brown-Forman, the new owners of GlenDronach Distillery, under the careful management by their Master Blender, Rachel Barrie. It is clear the new owners intend to continue the tradition of releasing these single casks examples from GlenDronach, representing the pinnacle ofGlenDronach’s maturing stock, for the foreseeable future.

Batch 16 comprises 15 casks, ranging from 11 to 28 years old, and distilled between 1989 and 2006. As usual the cask maturations focusses on Spanish oak sherry casks, including both Oloroso and Pedro Ximenex sherry. Producing between 513 and 698 bottles from each cask, with ABV ranging from 49.4% for the 28 year old 1989 Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon; to 58.5% for the 25 year old 1992 Sherry Butt.

The Batch 16 cask selection showcases facets of The GlenDronach house style; robust, elegant, fruity and full-bodied. Each cask individually demonstrates the finesse, powerful complexity and rich layers of sherry cask maturation found in every GlenDronach expression; from the 28-year-old Sherry butt distilled in November 1989 with the robust, mellow maturity of rich fruitcake and smoked walnut, to the 22 year old PX puncheon distilled in June 1995 with sweet treacle toffee and manuka honey. At the other end of the age spectrum, the 11-year-old PX distilled in January 2006 balances sweet and dry complexity as nutmeg spiced bramble toffee bursts on a velvet wave of cocoa.”

All casks express The GlenDronach’s persistent dedication to the time-honoured methods and traditions since founding in 1826, a time when sherry and port casks were first imported and used to mature single malt. Revered for mastery of Spanish oak sherry cask maturation, The GlenDronach is synonymous with depth of cask colour and richness of taste, whether influenced by the sweet dark fruits of Pedro Ximenez or the dry nuttiness of Oloroso sherry. I am delighted to now be sharing the Batch 16 cask selection with connoisseurs across the world.

The GlenDronach Master Blender Rachel Barrie

Batch 16 details

1989 CASK #54761989 CASK #5476

  • 28 Years Old
  • Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon
  • Appearance: Deep amber mahogany.
  • Nose: Robust and earthy with chocolate dates, sweet mincepies and earthy vines, mocha walnut and a hint of coal smoke.
  • Palate: Succulent sultanas open to fruitcake soaked in sherry, leaving lingering mulled wine, plum skin and gently smoked walnut.
  • ABV: 49.9%
  • 546 Bottles

 

1990 CASK #10141990 CASK #1014

  • 27 Years Old
  • Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon
  • Appearance: Dark demerara sugar brown.
  • Nose: Intriguing complexity of Sherry and French brandy-soaked plum, raisin and dates, tempered by dunnage earth and leather saddles.
  • Palate: At first, elegant soft plums disguise a crescendo of spiced mulled wine progressing to a finale of dried fruit, dark chocolate and walnut.
  • ABV: 50.9%
  • 641 Bottles

 

1990 batch 70031990 CASK #7003

  • 27 Years Old
  • Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon
  • Appearance: Tawny brown.
  • Nose: Richly balanced with cranberry and orange peel fruitcake, on a base of demerara sugar, cocoa butter and tobacco.
  • Palate: Sultana and apricot brandy, becoming cherry stone and cocoa leaf with a lingering velvet espresso-mocha finish.
  • ABV: 55.3%
  • 617 Bottles

 

1990 cask 79021990 CASK #7902

  • 27 Years Old
  • Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon
  • Appearance: Antique copper.
  • Nose: An old chestnut cabinet opens to the scent of sandalwood and beeswax. On following the scent deeper, discover date oil and spiced bramble pie on an earthy forest floor.
  • Palate: Orange-laced mocha, spiced mincepies and dark bramble jam carried on a bed of leather-velvet, leaving date oil and prunes into the rich and unctuous long-lasting finish.
  • ABV: 52.1%
  • 632 Bottles

 

1992 cask 1031992 CASK #103

  • 25 Years Old
  • Sherry Butt
  • Appearance: Polished mahogany.
  • Nose: Dark chocolate, cherry liqueur and sultana give way to polished oak and waxed oilskin with traces of birch tar.
  • Palate: Orange crepe suzette with dark chocolate, maraschino cherry and bramble cream, progressing to a lingering blackberry finish.
  • ABV: 56.7%
  • 513 Bottles

 

1992 cask 1271992 CASK #127

  • 25 Years Old
  • Sherry Butt
  • Appearance: Golden walnut brown.
  • Nose: Fruit and nut chocolate with stewed fruit and oiled oak dipped in crème brulee.
  • Palate: Unctuous walnut oil and chewy sultanas become nut loaf. A wave of sherry and tangy baked orange leaves hazelnut chocolate into the finish.
  • ABV: 50.9%
  • 636 Bottles

 

1992 cask 3341992 CASK #334

  • 25 Years Old
  • Sherry Butt
  • Appearance: Rich mahogany gold.
  • Nose: Stone fruit, fine leather and morello cherry cake with a trace of cigar box with piquante Valencia orange oil and rolling tobacco.
  • Palate: Sip sherry-laced fruit wine gums, and smooth rolling tobacco leaf with traces of coal dust. Savour lingering sherry and warm leather, and a fine cigar.
  • ABV: 58.5%
  • 592 Bottles

 

1993 cask 551993 CASK #55

  • 24 Years Old
  • Sherry Butt
  • Appearance: Treacle.
  • Nose: Mellow chocolate-coated Brazil nut, dates and dried apple, with ripe plum and rhubarb, dark chocolate caramel and ginger.
  • Palate: The refined taste of old sherry casks with dates, treacle and prune syrup leaving traces of dark chocolate ginger in the finish.
  • ABV: 56.7%
  • 567 Bottles

 

1993 cask 4451993 CASK #445

  • 24 Years Old
  • Sherry Butt
  • Appearance: Brown-tinged mahogany.
  • Nose: An oak-panelled room with baked gingerbread, old brandy and mulled red wine with chestnuts and game roasted on an open fire.
  • Palate: Sip sherry oils and dates with angelica root and traces of coal dust from an open fire. Savour red wine, chestnut and pheasant game with lingering traces of liquorice and menthol.
  • ABV: 52.4%
  • 649 Bottles

 

1995 cask 33111995 CASK #3311

  • 22 Years Old
  • Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon
  • Appearance: Demerara brown with rose-gold highlights.
  • Nose: Highland treacle toffee and fruitcake drizzled with acacia honey leading to orange-laced tobacco, dark currants and sandalwood.
  • Palate: Sip blackcurrant and menthol wine gums with sticky treacle toffee pudding. Savour dark manuka honey and liquorice whirls into the finish.
  • ABV: 50.3%
  • 518 Bottles

 

1995 cask 40381995 CASK #4038

  • 22 Years Old
  • Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon
  • Appearance: Russet brown.
  • Nose: Spiced orange and Victoria plum on baked gingerbread with demerara biscuits and mocha coffee.
  • Palate: Plum and red grape skins become cranberry and orange jus lengthening into a tobacco leaf and Brazil nut finish.
  • ABV: 55.1%
  • 681 Bottles

 

20022002 CASK #4648

  • 15 Years Old
  • Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon
  • Appearance: Antique bronze.
  • Nose: Cranberry, orange and roast chestnut with linseed and traces of shallot. Becomes sweeter with time, revealing warm oak and toasted vanilla pod.
  • Palate: Elegant dark fruit and nut chocolate with orange cream cake and lingering Highland treacle toffee.
  • ABV: 54.7%
  • 678 Bottles

 

20042004 CASK #3342

  • 13 Years Old
  • Port Pipe
  • Appearance: Antique copper with an intense ruby hue.
  • Nose: The finesse of dark chocolate, sweet maraschino cherries and orange-laced sandalwood on a base of toasted angelica.
  • Palate: Sip ripe bramble, Seville orange and baked cherry cake carried by the finest dark chocolate. Savour lingering hints of roast chestnut, chocolate orange and sweet cherry liqueur, lifted by cleansing mint chocolate.
  • ABV: 55.4%
  • 643 Bottles

 

20052005 CASK #1451

  • 12 Years Old
  • Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon
  • Appearance: Tawny rose gold.
  • Nose: Enticing notes of baked nectarine and dried fig emerge with smooth chocolate hazelnut and maple syrup. Cedarwood and ovenbaked gingerbread simmer in the background with winter spices.
  • Palate: Baked nectarine and plum meld with ginger and toasted walnut in an oven-baked dessert, leaving cedarwood and orange liqueur lingering into the finish.
  • ABV: 56.1%
  • 698 Bottles

 

20062006 CASK #1979

  • 11 Years Old
  • Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon
  • Appearance: Tawny amber.
  • Nose: Sticky PX sherry with layers of toasted cedarwood and chocolate orange on a base of cinnamon spiced bramble jam and baked plum.
  • Palate: Nutmeg-spiced bramble toffee and clementine burst on the palate, carried on a velvet wave of cocoa and wood resin. Cranberry, hazelnut and raisin linger into the perfectly balanced sweet and dry finish.
  • ABV: 57.2%
  • 679 Bottles

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