The Glendronach 10 Years Old 2009 PX Puncheon #2091 (61.9%, OB, Batch 18, 692 Bottles, 2020)
- ABV: 61.9%
- Age: 10 Years Old
- Bottling: OB, Single Cask Releases Batch 18
- Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
- Cost: £100
- Origin: GlenDronach distillery
- Vintage: 2009
What they say
The GlenDronach Distillery is pleased to announce the eighteenth batch of its acclaimed Cask Bottling collection. Eighteen casks dating from 1990 to 2009 have been personally selected by Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie, specially chosen for their exceptional character, to celebrate and share some of the finest Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the Highland distillery.
Whether they have previously housed sweet and rich Pedro Ximénez, dry and nutty Oloroso, or in selected expressions fruit-laden Port from the Douro Valley; each cask presents uniquely remarkable characteristics whilst remaining distinctively of The GlenDronach.
The GlenDronach Cask Bottling Batch 18 features many expressions of note, including two rare 30 year old casks from 1990 and a European allocated Port Pipe cask from 1992, aged 27 years.
The distillery’s newly enhanced tasting bar will be the only location in the world where all eighteen bottles will be available to try by the dram.
Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie, said: “The GlenDronach Cask Bottling Batch 18 is a celebration of the distillery’s time-honoured mastery and a showcase of the finest of what this richly-sherried Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has to offer.
This long standing, much loved release is a focal point to each year, demonstrating the exquisite character of our whiskies, through these exceptional casks which I have carefully hand-selected. Each cask individually explores the sophistication, powerful intricacy and rich layers of Spanish sherry cask maturation found in every expression of The GlenDronach.
From the rare vintage casks of 1990 with exquisite layers of dark chocolate and the elegant Victoria plum, date and bramble preserve notes in the 1992 Port Pipe, to the distinctive fruitcake and toasted raisin notes in the 2009 Pedro Ximénez Puncheon, each cask encapsulates The GlenDronach house style; robust, elegant and full-bodied. All eighteen casks are bottled without chill filtration for richness, at high strength and are naturally deep in colour.”
Official tasting notes:
Appearance: Copper Gold
Nose: Crystallised orange melds with dark fruitcake, hazelnut and raisin, topped with marzipan and ginger.
Palate: Fruitcake filled with toasted raisin, orange peel and almond develops into lingering gingerbread and ground nutmeg.
What I say
From Batch 18 of Glendronach’s single cask series. This single cask was distilled in 2009 and has spent 10 years in an ex Pedro Ximenez Puncheon before being selected as the youngest and at 61.9% ABV also the strongest of the batch 18 bottlings.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Dark orange gold (14/20), slow-forming, medium-fine tears and fine legs.
- Nose: Fruity and spicy, red apples, plum, red grape, raisin, woody oak, cinnamon spice, cherry lips sweeties, fresh ginger root and flaked roasted almonds.
- Taste: Medium-full bodied, polished and spiced oak wood, chocolate orange, raisin, prune, dried fig jam, ginger and lemongrass, a touch bitter, then some honey and spice.
- Finish: Long, sweet and spiced, honey, orange and nutmeg.
Quite warming and spiced but takes water well and returns even more sweet fruitiness.
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