GlenDronach

The GlenDronach Traditionally Peated (48%, OB, 2019)

The GlenDronach Traditionally Peated

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 48%
  • Age: NAS
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £51
  • Origin: GlenDronach distillery
  • Vintage: Undeclared

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What they say

The GlenDronach Distillery is pleased to announce the release of The GlenDronach Traditionally Peated; a rare peated expression of the Highland Single Malt, which is most well-known for its unpeated sherry cask maturation style.

At the time the distillery was founded by James Allardice in 1826, it was traditional practice in the Highlands to burn peat in the kiln towards the end of the barley malting, creating a rich and warm, earthy smoke. Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie has crafted The GlenDronach Traditionally Peated from a marriage of the finest Pedro Ximénez, Oloroso sherry and port casks, using the same principles laid down almost two hundred years ago.

Interwoven with robust Highland character, The GlenDronach Traditionally Peated is peated to those same traditional levels and has all of the richly-sherried, fullbodied character of The GlenDronach.

Master Blender, Dr. Rachel Barrie said: “The GlenDronach Traditionally Peated offers connoisseurs a rare opportunity to explore the distillery’s rich depths of sherry cask maturation, whilst paying homage to the robust peat-smoked earthy character of the early 19th century, that James Allardice himself would likely have enjoyed. This wonderfully complex Single Malt presents notes of Highland toffee, dark honey and coal-smoked barley. Burnt orange and treacle glide over the palate, on a base of cloves and smoked bramble. Liquorice and dark fruits linger and intensify into the rich and earthy finish.”

This rare peated expression is bottled at 48% 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 November 2019.

Official tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Vivid harvest gold.
  • Nose: Highland toffee and treacle meld with dark honey and coal smoked barley.
  • Taste: Sip burnt orange and treacle on a base of cloves and smoked bramble.
  • Finish: Savour liquorice and dark fruit into the lingering rich, earthy finish.

What I say

Another peated expression from GlenDronach but this is peated to “traditional” levels? The Peated and Peated Port Wood expression aside what I presume from this is that this is constructed entirely from a peated parcel of whisky whereas previous peaty expression may have also used some un-peated GlenDronach maturing stock perhaps?

This post was sponsored by The GlenDronach by provision of a sample of this product.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark amber / orange gold (11/20), medium droplet tears and long, thin legs.
  • Nose: Sweet honey and golden syrup, malted barley and fruity then dry peat smoke drifts in, wood smoke, honey roast cashews and honey bbq ribs.
  • Taste: That great combination of sweet and smoked, peat smoked dried fruit and nut, apple and blackberry, woody rosemary skewers, maple smoked bacon, candied orange peel and chocolate covered treacle toffee
  • Finish: Long, sweet, nutty, honey and smoke

Overall

This is sweet first from the cask maturations then a dry peat smoke emerges, these interchange on the palate regularly during the course of this dram giving it a wonderful complexity as varying levels of sweetness and smoke combine. This would make a great introduction to heavy (but non-isaly/overtly phenolic) smoke influenced whisky. I really like this one!

Score 85/100

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