Thursday, 29 January 2015

News: Glendronach single casks batch 11

Glendronach 1971 single caskToday, 29 January, Glendronach released the eleventh batch  of single cask bottlings.

It comprises nine outstanding sherry casks that were bottled in November and all are available as of today.

Ranging from 43 to 18 years old, there is huge and intriguing variety across the nine, six of which were matured in Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheons, two in Oloroso Sherry Butts and one in an Oloroso Sherry Puncheon. A quick reminder: a puncheon contains 318.23 liters of spirit, a butt contains 476,96 liters of alcohol.

Typically for GlenDronach, each cask demonstrates the classic robust and richly sherried style infused with mouth-watering, zingy fruits.

Batch Eleven has a number of superb highlights.

The oldest, 1971 cask number 2920, at 48.6% ABV, is a monster 43 years old malt matured in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon. Intense treacle toffee floods over sour plums and roasted coffee. Harmonising waves of leather and tobacco give great depth and are balanced perfectly by a subtle toasted walnut and date back note.

As a contrast the 18 years old from cask number 244, at 56.9% ABV, is the youngest, distilled in February 1996. Matured in a fine Oloroso Sherry Butt, there is a tremendous balance of mixed candied peel and stewed dark fruits sprinkled with dark Demerara. Delicious waves of toffee, cracked barley and warm oak spices combine to give a long and elegant finish.
Glendronach single casks batch 11

Line up of batch 11:

  • Vintage 1971: cask # 2920 /  43 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 48.6% vol.  / £849.95
  • Vintage 1990: cask # 1020 /  24 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 53.8% vol. / £135.95
  • Vintage 1990: cask # 1162 / 24 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 52.9%vol.  / £135.95
  • Vintage 1994: cask # 54 / 20 years old / Oloroso Sherry Butt / 56.6% vol. / £103.96
  • Vintage 1994: cask # 3201 / 20 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 56.2% vol. / £103.96
  • Vintage 1994: cask # 3386 / 20 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 53.6% vol. / £103.96
  • Vintage 1995: cask # 538 / 19 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 55.0% vol. / £97.96
  • Vintage 1995: cask # 4941 / 19 years old / Oloroso Sherry Puncheon / 57.0% vol. / £97.96
  • Vintage 1996: cask # 244 / 18 years old / Oloroso Sherry Butt / 56.9% vol. / £91.96
Glendronach single cask 1971, cask #2920, 43 years old PX Sherry puncheon

Glendronach 1990
Glendronach single cask 1990, casks #1020 & #1162, 24 years old PX Sherry puncheon,

Glendronach 1994
Glendronach single cask 1994, casks #54, #3201 & #3386, 20 years old, PX Sherry puncheon & Oloroso sherry butt 

Glendronach 1995
Glendronach single cask 1995, casks #538 & #4941, 19years old, PX Sherry puncheon & Oloroso sherry puncheon 

Glendronach 1996
Glendronach single cask 1996, cask #244, 18 years old, Oloroso sherry butt


Sources & images: Glendronach Distillery 
Prices: Abbey Whisky
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