Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 3 (2013)
Glendronach has overtaken Macallan as the golden standard when it comes to sherry matured whiskies. There is pressure on their stocks, as the (temporary) discontinuation of the Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival shows. But even without the 15 year old, the core range of Glendronach is still pretty much unrivaled.
A big part of the excellent core range of Glendronach, is their series of Cask Strength-releases, which provide sherry lovers with an affordable fix of high strength sherry goodness. It’s a mixture of oloroso and Pedro Ximenez-casks. They’re currently on batch 5 already, but today I’ll be tasting the third batch.
Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 3 (54,9%, OB, 2013)
Nose: Sweet oranges, custard, crème brûlée with a hint of cherry syrup, butterscotch and cappuccino.
Taste: Sweet sherry, raisins, dates and plums. Very smooth. Oranges and dark chocolate too. Some cinnamon as well.
Finish: Sweet sherry notes. Quite long.
A no-frills sherried dram. Offers everything you’d want from a sherried whisky in this price bracket.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.