55.0% / Pedro Ximénez Puncheon - Specially bottled for The Whisky World
A new GlenDronach single cask selected by the lovely guys at The Whisky World. This one’s a 1993 – the supposedly fabled year for many fans.
Appearance: Dark amber, long & slow oily legs.
Nose: Bold & assertive sweet spirit greets the nose with sherry-soaked stewed apples, light spices (ground white pepper, gentle nutmeg and faint cloves), ginger, and blackberry jam. There’s also a slight woody-dryness on the nose. Held in the glass a little longer and notes of toffee, maple syrup, warm raisins, and chocolate appear.
Palate: Sweet with a gentle mouth-coating oily tingle. There’s an ever-so-faint note of tobacco smoke with some gentle drying tannins. Now an Espresso coffee bitter-bite appears followed by a beautifully timed hit of sherry sweetness. Lots of anticipated dark & stewed fruits are there as well. A Great balance.
Finish: Long, unctuous and warming with a lingering sweetness. Gentle tobacco stays on the palate for a long time.
With water… More wine & sour fruit jellies on the nose, increased tannins on the palate with a touch more flinty-earthiness that is hidden without dilution.
Conclusion: This is a really great cask-pick. I don’t think it needs any water added as I found that it impacted the whisky in a negative way. It’s far more flavoursome and enjoyable neat.
Available exclusively at thewhiskyworld.com for £279.90 (at the time of writing) – this is possibly the beginning of the end where we see vintage GlenDronach single casks at this kind of price.