Whisky Review: GlenDronach 22 Years Old 1995 PX Puncheon Cask #3311, Batch 16
- Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: GlenDronach Distillery
- Bottling: Brown-Forman
- ABV: 50.3%
- Cost: £180
What they say
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
Official tasting notes:
- 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.
What I say
1995 vintage Cask #3311 from GlenDronach’s single cask Batch 16 release, the first batch from new Master Blender Rachel Barrie.
Another Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon matured expression. Distilled in 1995 and matured for 22 years before bottling in 2017. Produced 518 bottles at Cask Strength 50.3% ABV.
Thanks to The GlenDronach for the official sample
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Oloroso sherry red with bright gold highlights (15/20), oily medium tears leave finer legs
- Nose: This has old wood, tobacco and rancio notes in abundance, a sweetness is stored here like dried fruits; raisin and sultana, dried fruitcake and malt loaf, some lighter notes of honey, dried apple, almost floral pot pourri again.
- Taste: Old wood, slightly sour and dark cherries, slightly herbal, angelica stem and liquorice root, dried fruit; raisin, prune, fruitcake – again dried like stored Christmas or Wedding cake pieces, a touch of marzipan and walnut in the fruitcake mix too, slight rubbery hint
- Finish: Long, cherry tobacco, fruity, tannic and a touch herbal, red liquorice
Everything about this dram reminds me of baking from basic ingredients to finished and stored cakes. Apart from the lovely rancio note of old wood and slightly apple-y nature of GlenDronach which reminded me of some great aged Calvados. Perhaps Calvados-soaked fruit and walnut cake describes the body of this dram. As you would expect at this age it also has plenty of other stuff going on.
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