The GlenDronach Distillery nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills near Aberdeenshire, is named after the source of its water: the Dronac burn. Founded in 1826, The GlenDronach was one of the very first licensed distilleries and has a history of enterprising owners, from the flamboyant James Allardice to the ambitious Walter Scott. Allardice was a colourful character and stories abound as to how he promoted his whisky with entrepreneurial flair. He was a pioneer of sherry cask maturation and would have celebrated today’s GlenDronach, as the still mature their whisky in the finest Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks.
Like all previous Cask Strength batches from The GlenDronach, this expression continues their tradition of marrying the finest Spanish sherry casks from Andalucía; Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez . The Oloroso contributes to the fruity and elegant nature of The GlenDronach, with notes of dark bramble fruitsand gentle spices. Pedro Ximenez contributes the robust and full-bodied richness of The GlenDronach, often characterised by notes of dark chocolate and stewed fruits. With each Cask Strength release, our Master Blender selects the ideal marriage of these two casks before bottling without chill filtration, at high strength and naturally deep in colour, as was the custom before the turn of the 20th century. Add a drop or two of water to reveal a cornucopia of flavour – from wild figs and brambles to baked apple and damson plum.
The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7 has a beautiful deep bronze colour. The aromas are of cherry brandy and chocolate with blackberry vines, wild figs and Highland Toffee. The flavours include a burst of brambles and ripe sultanas which give way to Seville orange and roasted chestnut. The finish is of baked apple and damson plum that linger in combination with chocolate walnut and whipped cream.