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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
The views expressed here are entirely my own, unless otherwise stated.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

GLENDRONACH CASK STRENGTH BATCH 1 - DISTILLERY BOTTLING

Now for something completely different for the next 5 reviews... Sherried whisky - from what you would regular sherry matured to almost pitch black and completely sherry broken.

Where do we go for that? and also get a more than average heavy spirit character as well?
Glendronach, of course!

I asked at a recent tasting why many people prefer dark sherried bottling, a topic I've mentioned before on the blog, but from a buying perspective. At this tasting I tried to make people take a stand on either, but almost all said they liked both even though the sherried bottlings seemed to be more popular - once again I got confirmed that many people also 'drink with their eyes...'

Now the very few ex-bourbon cask lovers there - or at least the one who spoke up (you know who you are - and thanks, K for doing so) :-)

You're wondering what the explanation for preferring ex-bourbon cask matured whisky is?

'When maturing in an ex-bourbon cask, you get much more natural spirit character coming through, where as when sherry matured, or at least heavily sherry matured, you mask the spirit behind a think layer of sherry...'

Does that sound plausible? I think it does and I personally like bourbon matured whisky as much as sherry matured myself, so it was also a pleasure for me (and oh, such a tough job *sigh* - irony may have been used here) to review these next 5 ones from Glendronach Distillery outside Huntly (Forgue, East Highlands) over the next few posts.

Glendronach Stills, May 2012, © The Malt Desk May 2012
Glendronach Cask Strength NAS Batch 1, 54,8%, 12000 bottles, Distillery Bottling

Colour is dark amber

Nose:
Vanilla, sultanas, oranges, tobacco, some milk chocolate and an hint of mashy/grainy character

Taste:
Chocolates for sure, bitter sweet crisp malt, candied apples, some nuts, ginger and honey cake, drying and mashy with a herbal note on the finish

Very good, but I'm not quite convinced here...
Batch 2 should be on its way to the shops late April 2013...

86/100!

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