GLENDRONACH 23 Year Old 1995 Single Cask #3040 Pedro Ximenez Puncheon (Batch 17)
Master blender Rachel Barrie selected 14 single casks from the Highland distillery’s dunnage warehouses to bottle as part of its annual series.
Expressions vary in age, with the two oldest casks distilled in 1990 and matured in a Pedro Ximénez puncheon (Cask #7905) and oloroso Sherry butt (Cask #2623).
Among the Sherry casks, for which the distillery is well-known, the series also features two Port pipe-matured malts, a 26-year-old (Cask #5896) and a 25-year-old (Cask #5976).
Each whisky is bottled without chill filtration or added colour, and at a high strength.
‘The batch 17 cask selection truly celebrates the GlenDronach house style; robust, elegant, fruity and full-bodied,’ Barrie commented.
‘Each cask individually explores the sophistication, powerful intricacy and rich layers of Spanish sherry cask maturation found in every GlenDronach expression; from layers of crème brûlée, treacle toffee and over-ripe banana in 1990 to baked blackberry and currants with dark chocolate in 1992, burnt raisin and oloroso-soaked tobacco leaf in 1995 to toasted pain au raisin and butterscotch simmering beneath the surface in 2007.
‘The distinctive flavour and rich mouthfeel of each cask has developed during the slow maturation process.’
GlenDronach’s Cask Bottling Batch 17 is available to purchase at specialist retailers from August 2019 in selected markets. Pricing information was unavailable at the time of publication.