GlenDronach

The Glendronach 27 Years Old 1992 Port Pipe #5897 (48%, OB, Batch 18, 853 Bottles, 2020)

The Glendronach 27 Years Old 1992 Port Pipe #5897

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 48%
  • Age: 27 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB, Single Cask Releases Batch 18
  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £555 from Master of Malt
  • Origin: GlenDronach distillery
  • Vintage: 1992
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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: Deep Auburn

Nose: Elegant Victoria plum, date and bramble preserve with waxed orange, rose honey and ginger-spiced dark chocolate.

Palate: Sultana and walnut cake laced with lemon, ginger and nutmeg, interwoven with the lingering finish of dark chocolate orange.

What I say

From Batch 18 of Glendronach’s single cask series. This expression was distilled in 1992 and matured for 27 years in an ex Port Pipe before bottling at 48% ABV.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Old Amontillado (16/20), rounded, medium-large tears and long, fine legs.
  • Nose: Heady, lashings of fruits of the forest jam on toasted granary bread, grated dark chocolate and dark cocoa powder, a touch of ginger and polished oak wood, chewy not dry tannins, plums poached in port, rose petals and Turkish delight.
  • Taste: Medium-full bodied, silken, molten dark chocolate and ginger spice initially but with plenty of depth, poached figs in orange and rose water syrup, candied peel, roasted walnut, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and a hint of cayenne pepper.
  • Finish: Long, chocolate, ginger, dry and spiced, with cinder and treacle toffee.

Overall

Full of dark chocolate, rose and some well-integrated fruit flavours such as plum and fig, surprisingly well-balanced and not too sweet for a port maturation, with woody and spirit influences presented to perfection.

Score 91/100

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