Updated: Feb 25, 2021
Specially bottled for The Whisky Shop
A second 1992 single cask to appear from The Whisky Shop, this cask #64 is the Brother (Sister? Cousin?), to their previous 1992 cask release, #81. Like with their other GlenDronach single cask exclusives, Whisky Shop present their bottles in the recognisable brown coffin box, rather than a tube, which is a nice touch.
Appearance: Dark Chestnut, tobacco leaf. Long & thin unhurried oily legs.
Nose: An unbelievable cloud of polish fumes, stewed fruit, moist Dundee cake, cherry pie, shortcrust pastry, warming prunes, dried figs on vanilla ice cream. It’s an outrageously big explosion on the nose with lots going on. There’s also a slight zestiness and a vegetal element in the background.
Palate: Medium sweetness rather than an expected sweet and syrupy onslaught. It’s less pronounced at first, but the longer it sits in the mouth, the more the sweetness builds. Now spiced-toffee popcorn appears, lots of moist and gooey raisins, subtle marzipan, with some dried sour cherries. It’s oily and drying at the same time.
Finish: Long with an oily sourness supported by gentle woody tannins. The foreground is bitter sweet, whilst the background is ashen. Flinty almost.
Water adds.. It doesn’t need water. There’s so much flavour going on here, but if you do… Caramel and nuts on the nose, more cherries (but now they’re not sour cherries), on the palate, and faint Parma Violets on the finish. Wait, what?!
Conclusion: Absolutely bloody fantastic. A proper old-school and typical GlenDronach single cask bomb of a whisky. Totally immersive and decadent. This is an absolute bullseye of a cask selection. Only available at The Whisky Shop. £259 at the time of writing.