GlenDronach

The GlenDronach 25 Years Old 1993 Oloroso Butt #416 (51.2%, OB, Batch 17, 663 Bottles, 2019)

The GlenDronach 25 Years Old 1993 Oloroso Butt #416

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 51.2%
  • Age: 25 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB, Single Cask releases Batch 17
  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £350
  • Origin: GlenDronach distillery
  • Vintage: 1993

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What they say

THE GLENDRONACH INTRODUCES CASK BOTTLING BATCH 17: FOURTEEN HAND SELECTED CASKS FROM 1990 TO 2007

The GlenDronach Distillery is pleased to announce the release of the seventeenth batch of its acclaimed Cask Bottling programme. Fourteen casks dating from 1990 to 2007 have been personally selected by Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie, specially chosen for their exceptional character, to celebrate and share some of the finest examples of The GlenDronach’s richly-sherried Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Each expression in this release has been bottled from a single cask and offers the richly deep colour, full-bodied complexity and long, satisfying finish for which The GlenDronach is known.

Resting in the earthen-floored, traditional dunnage warehouses of The GlenDronach Distillery is an exquisite selection of fine Spanish oak sherry casks, slowing maturing The GlenDronach’s full-bodied Highland spirit. Making Single Malt Scotch Whisky of elegant and complex character has become a signature of The GlenDronach, as a master of sherry cask maturation since 1826.

This seventeenth release of The GlenDronach Cask Bottling programme includes a rich selection of the distillery’s signature Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía in Spain, as well as two Port pipes from the Douro Valley in Portugal. Collectors can also find a rare cask from 1995, one of the last remaining casks at the distillery from this vintage.

Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie, said:

“The batch seventeen cask selection truly celebrates The GlenDronach house style; robust, elegant, fruity and full-bodied. Each cask individually explores the sophistication, powerful intricacy and rich layers of Spanish sherry cask maturation found in every GlenDronach expression; from layers of crème brûlée, treacle toffee and over-ripe banana in 1990 to baked blackberry and currants with dark chocolate in 1992, burnt raisin and Oloroso-soaked tobacco leaf in 1995 to toasted pain au raisin and butterscotch simmering beneath the surface in 2007. The distinctive flavour and rich mouthfeel of each cask has developed during the slow maturation process. All fourteen casks are bottled without chill filtration for richness, at high strength and are naturally deep in colour.”

The GlenDronach Cask Bottling – Batch 17 is available to purchase from specialist retailers from August 2019 in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Depending on the expression, the ABV ranges from 49.3% to 60.9%. As with all The GlenDronach expressions, each is non-chill filtered and draws all its natural colour from the cask in which it rests.

Official tasting notes:

  • 1993 CASK #416
  • Aged: 25 Years Old
  • Cask Type: Oloroso Sherry Butt
  • Appearance: Antique bronze with an amber hue.
  • Nose: Sticky date, burnt-raisin and Oloroso-soaked tobacco leaf give way to Christmas cake and oven-baked treacle pie.
  • Palate: Sumptuous, mouth-filling taste of baked autumn fruits with plum, apple and blackberry.
  • Savour the lingering dark fruity taste of blueberry, cherry and treacle.
  • ABV: 51.2%

What I say

The first (and youngest!) of a trio of expressions from The GlenDronach’s batch 17 of their renowned single cask release series. For review we received three cask samples from the releases destined for the Asia-Pacific and Canadian markets. The second in this series was distilled 23/03/1993 and matured in an Oloroso sherry butt for 25 years before bottling in 2019 at 51.2% cask strength.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark red/gold (15/20), fine tears and skinny legs.
  • Nose: Fruitier than the previous PX cask expression, dried fruits, sherry, full of crisp red apples, raisin and plum, tobacco leaf, old oak, sandalwood, treacle tart and Dundee cake.
  • Taste: Again the palate is much fruitier, plums, apples, dates, cherry, toffee/fudge, tobacco leaf, cinnamon and anise seed finely milled for a very light spice influence, treacle and polished wood, both oak and chestnut.
  • Finish: Long, sherry, raisin – dried fruits and smooth oaky wood.

Overall

A much fruitier and livelier expression, a real rich and red fruit medley. The end result is a much better balance of fruit to woody elements. A crisp and almost fresh red apple note throughout also. My favourite of the trio.

Score 88/100

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