GlenDronach

The GlenDronach 26 Years Old 1992 Port Pipe #5896 (49.3%, OB, Batch 17, 828 Bottles, 2019)

The GlenDronach 26 Years Old 1992 Port Pipe #5896

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 49.3%
  • Age: 26 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB, Single Cask releases Batch 17
  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £350
  • Origin: GlenDronach distillery
  • Vintage: 1992

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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:

  • 992 CASK #5896
  • Aged: 26 Years Old
  • Cask Type: Port Pipe
  • Appearance: Dark ruby
  • Nose: Deeply aromatic with cigar box, orange and leather, with slowly emerging layers of dried grass, nutmeg, sandalwood and black cherry.
  • Palate: Sip baked blackberry and currant with dark chocolate, cherry stone and walnut.
  • Savour Turkish delight dusted with icing sugar lingering unexpectedly into a nutty nougat and cream finish.
  • ABV: 49.3%

What I say

The final 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 third and final expression in this series was distilled 27/11/1992 and matured in a Port Pipe for 26 years before bottling in 2019 at 49.3% cask strength.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Deep ruby red (16/20), quick, medium-sized tears and long fine legs.
  • Nose: Sweet and jammy fruits, red and black, woody, strawberry balsamic vinegar, rosewood, cigar boxes, thyme flowers, figs, quite sharp and floral with roses and violets.
  • Taste: Rich and sharp, oak wood, a sticky mixture of fruit and flowers with a sprinkle of woody herbs, strawberry rock, plum and berry jam and a wisp of menthol cigarette smoke.
  • Finish: Long, candy floss, woody herbs and spices – angelica root.

Overall

On reflection perhaps a little underwhelming, I had high hopes for this port matured expression but in the end it lacked a little something that sherry maturation delivers so well for GlenDronach. Undoubtedly a very well constructed whisky, not overly sweet and plenty of woody influence as you would expect after 26 years. A great comparator and on a par with the other two expressions.

Score 87/100

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