Glendronach 1992 16 Years Old (Whisky Club Nijmegen)
This sample has been sitting in my sample drawer for a looooong time. It stems from a time when single cask GlenDronach was still affordable. Ahhh, fond memories! This particular release was split three ways, one share going to a Dutch shop, while the other two shares went to private whisky clubs. Matured in an oloroso sherry butt, by the way. Maybe someone somewhere has a few bottles stashed away, but otherwise chances of finding a bottle are astronomical.
Glendronach 1992 16 Years Old (60.8%, OB, C#39)
Nose: Clean (no sulphur!) and dry sherry, with a lovely creaminess too, as well as hints of fudge, coffee beans and dark chocolate. Hint of candy hearts as well. Fair amount of aceto balsamico to boot, followed by a whiff of furniture polish and cigar tobacco.
Taste: Thick and velvety mouthfeel, with a whisper of aniseed, followed by espresso notes and more balsamic, as well as blackcurrants. Despite the high abv, this is dangerously quaffable. Somewhat astringent and slightly spicy too.
Finish: Long. Quite spicy, and a tad tannic, with a whisper of ashes.
Rather good indeed. It wasn’t even that long ago that a whisky club could just approach Glendronach and bottle something as exquisite as this with their own label. That’s almost incredulous in today’s whisky market. Ah, the good old days… 😉
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.