Whisky Review: GlenDronach 28 Years Old 1989 PX Puncheon Cask #5476, Batch 16
- Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: GlenDronach Distillery
- Bottling: Brown-Forman
- ABV: 49.9%
- Cost: £310
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: 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.
What I say
1989 vintage Cask #5476, the oldest from GlenDronach’s single cask Batch 16 release, the first batch from new Master Blender Rachel Barrie.
Distilled in 1989 and matured for 28 years in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon. This was bottled in 2017 at Cask strength of 49.9% producing 546 bottles at outturn.
Thanks to The GlenDronach for the official sample
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Autumnal russet / chestnut (18/20), slow and rare medium tears leave solid, finer legs
- Nose: Brandy, cherry liqueur, plum, damson, raisin, prune, fruity with an odd/unusual amyl or alkyl nitrite ‘poppers’ and a bitter almond or cherry stone ‘cyanide’ aroma, really quite delicious, fruity dark chocolate, dried fig jam, a hint of sherry balsamic vinegar and coal tar soap.
- Taste: Sweet and fruity on the palate too, full-bodied and oaked, plums, cherries, blackcurrant, all steeped in brandy, undiluted blackcurrant cordial is recalled, juicy and dried fruits, smoked almond and walnut, perhaps a few pickled in sherry too, not a hint of dryness, though a faint smattering of spices enliven the palate towards the end.
- Finish: long, sweet and mouth-watering dark fruits, hints of tannin
A deliciously dark and juicy fruit bomb. This has some wonderful ‘old’ chemistry going on in it and took us straight back to our youth and the flavour of undiluted blackcurrant cordial.
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