GlenDronach

The GlenDronach 27 Years Old Grandeur (50.1%, OB, Batch 10, 2293 Bottles, 2018)

The GlenDronach 27 Years Old Grandeur Batch 10

Whisky Review

Grandeur Batch 10 infront of Box

What they say

Founded in 1826, James Allardice built his distillery in the fertile landscape of the Forgue valley and named it ‘GlenDronach’, which means ‘valley of the brambles’ in Scots Gaelic. Allardice was a pioneer of sherry cask maturation and would have celebrated today’s release of The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 10, an exquisite marriage of some of the oldest and most unique Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from the distillery.

A selection of sherry cask puncheons and butts have been maturing in our traditional dunnage warehouses since the 1960s. It is only some of the most extraordinary and remarkable which have been carefully chosen by our Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, for this special twenty-seven-year-old bottling of The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 10, limited to 2293 bottles.

The GlenDronach Grandeur bottles at 50.1% ABV, is individually numbered by hand and will be available to purchase from specialist whisky stores globally. As a rich and complex Highland Single Malt experience, The GlenDronach Distillery has released this intense sherry expression just in time for Christmas as the ideal accompaniment to the festive season.

The GlenDronach Master Blender Rachel Barrie said:

“Quietly maturing for over 27 years in the darkness of our dunnage warehouses, The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 10 is a symphony of depth and mellow maturity, reminiscent of times gone by. With layers of damson plum, black walnut and truffle on a bed of antique leather and old-fashioned treacle gingerbread, Batch 10 celebrates the robust, fullbodied style of The GlenDronach Distillery. Founded in 1826, The GlenDronach Distillery was one of the very first licensed distilleries. Although times have moved on, The GlenDronach distillery remains largely unchanged, its spirit maturing slowly and steadily in sherry casks in old traditional dunnage warehouses. Batch 10 encapsulates this character through the centuries, lasting long into the richly satisfying treacle and truffle finish.”

Official tasting notes:

  • Colour: Intense cherry wood
  • Nose: A masterful symphony of ripe damson plum, freshly cracked black walnut and concentrated bramble and apple jam. The scent of old antique leather, truffle oil and cedar cigar box waft seductively, as mellow maturity balances the richly sherried sweetness.
  • Taste: Exquisite sherry cask maturation combining elegance, richness and complexity. Sip morello cherries in dark chocolate with a crescendo of blackberry jus.
  • Finish: Savour black truffle, old-fashioned treacle gingerbread, prune and walnut oil lingering long into the richly satisfying
    finish.

What I say

Distilled at GlenDronach distillery and matured for a minimum of 27 years in a mixture of both ex-Oloroso and ex-PX sherry casks, bottled at 50.1% ABV as the 10th edition of The GlenDronach’s pinnacle Grandeur series.

Thanks to The GlenDronach and SpeyPR for the official sample

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Old Bordeaux (14/20), oily, medium tears, medium legs.
  • Nose: Deep and rich cocoa, chocolate and espresso coffee, treacle, molasses, raisin, black & red cherry, bramble jam, black forest gateaux, walnut, pecan,  tobacco leaf, hazelnut puree.
  • Taste: Smooth and creamy, pureed hazelnut and walnuts, silky dark chocolate and espresso with a shot of kirsch, cherry liqueur or fortified blackberry wine, more black forest gateaux, hints of old wood and burnt rubber creep in almost just to display the age of this expression, followed by more dark, jammy fruits.
  • Finish: Long, bitter dark chocolate, sweet black cherry, a dash of clove spice and earthy brambles.

Overall

A masterful GlenDronach expression full of rich dark fruits balanced against bitter chocolate and coffee. Hugely drinkable at 50.1% ABV, this goes down far too easily! Captures the essence of what GlenDronach is about right now and easily matches the pinnacle of their single cask releases.

Score 93/100

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