GlenDronach

The GlenDronach 10 Years Old Port Wood (46%, OB, 2019)

The GlenDronach Port Wood

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 46 %
  • Age: 10 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £60
  • Origin: GlenDronach distillery
  • Vintage: Undeclared

The GlenDronach 10 Year Old Port Wood

What they say

PORT PIPES OF DOURO VALLEY INSPIRE THE GLENDRONACH PORT WOOD

Nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills, is The GlenDronach, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. The GlenDronach is of true Highland style: a full-bodied taste, perfect for long maturation in sherry casks. At The GlenDronach Distillery, we have carried forth the tradition of our founder James Allardice since 1826, maturing our whisky in the finest Spanish Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía. We continue to work towards mastering the art of sherry cask maturation, and our Highland whiskies are recognized for their deep colour and rich flavour profiles, which range from sweet fruity flavours, from the Pedro Ximénez casks we select, to the dry and nutty notes, from superb Oloroso casks. Our well-kept secrets have been guarded for nearly 200 years by a parliament of rooks who love The GlenDronach so much they try to nest in the warehouses. The distillery folk believe as long as the rooks remain at the distillery, it will be good for the whisky.

Inspired by the historical import of casked port into Scotland during the 19th century, The GlenDronach distillery is pleased to announce the release of The GlenDronach Port Wood. The GlenDronach distillery was established in 1826 by founder James Allardice, at a time when both sherry and port were ‘de rigueur’, with the finest port pipes travelling along Portugal’s Douro River, destined for the wine cellars of Scotland’s gentry.

Made by our craftsmen using the same, time-honoured methods passed down through generations for almost two hundred years, The GlenDronach’s rich, full bodied Highland spirit has been matured in the distillery’s signature Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks, followed by a second maturation in some of the finest port pipes from the majestic Douro Valley of Portugal.

Expertly selected and married by The GlenDronach Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie, The GlenDronach Port Wood is a rich and fruity ten-year-old limited release to be savoured.

Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie said:

“The GlenDronach means ‘valley of the brambles’ in old Scots Gaelic. We are delighted to celebrate this heritage with a Portuguese twist on our revered Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry cask maturation, which uses the finest Spanish oak. This extra maturation in Port casks imparts a deep cherry wood colour and enriches the layers of fruit in The GlenDronach, with delightful waves of Victoria plum, brambles and sandalwood on the nose. Layers upon layers of rich fruit flavour open up on the palate with notes of roasted apple crumble and gingerbread, developing into baked orange and black cherry back-notes.”

The GlenDronach Port Wood is bottled at 46% ABV, and as is the case for all The GlenDronach expressions, is non-chill filtered and absorbs colour naturally over time from the Spanish oak in which it resides. It will be available to buy from specialist retailers worldwide from June.

Official tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Intense cherry wood.
  • Nose: Breathe in delightful waves of Victoria plum, bramble and strawberry jam with top notes of cherry blossom and honeysuckle on a base of sandalwood and ginger.
  • Taste: Layers upon layers of rich fruits. Sip blackberry and roasted apple crumble with freshly baked gingerbread, developing into a baked orange and black cherry back-note.
  • Finish: Savour orange peel, sultana and cherry cake lingering into the richly fruity finish.

What I say

A limited release GlenDronach that has been matured in sherry casks and then spent a minimum of 3 years in Port pipes sourced from Portugal’s Douro valley resulting in a minimum of 10 year maturation. I love port-matured/finished whiskies and I can’t think of a much better base in sherry-matured GlenDronach to start from.

Thanks to The GlenDronach & SpeyPR for the official sample

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Amber rose gold (7/20), medium tears and thick legs
  • Nose: Sweet, doughy brioche, candy floss, strawberry jam, strawberry marshmallow, lime cordial, stciky and cloying, golden syrup and malted barley.
  • Taste: Medium-bodied, sweet and sticky, even a little crystalline/refined brown sugar, gomme syrup, tart berries, redcurrants, strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant, green apple, lime and oak wood.
  • Finish: Long, slightly sharper with lemon barley sugars and strawberry jam on cream crackers.

Overall

Not too sweet and not to sharp, very well balanced. Syrupy and smooth textured with a good weight from GlenDronach’s malty backbone, this feels perfectly constructed.

Score 84/100

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