Taste: GlenDronach 1993 Oloroso Sherry Butt

Time hasn’t been on my side recently; May was a rollercoaster of UK travel and emotions. Only now are the decks cleared and I can return to all the various tasting notes and visits I made over the course of the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival and beyond.

I’ve also acquired several interesting new whiskies (samples and full bottles) to devour here. Spoilt for choice, what to pick was always going to be a tough decision but at the same time a welcome dilemma. My selection was a single cask release from GlenDronach distillery bottled for Abbey Whiskies that has since sold out. This is a distillery that is growing in popularity thanks to its ability to source and utilise great sherry casks; it’s almost as it if is imbedded in their DNA. Unleashed onto rampaging whisky enthusiasts, their releases don’t tend to sit on the shelves for very long at all.
The only other review for this distillery to date here was a misjudged Sauternes finish that didn’t hit home. Yet a true GlenDronach has to be a sherry butt, so lets start.
Distillery: GlenDronach
Distilled: 1993
Bottled: 2013
Strength: 59.10%
Cask: Oloroso sherry butt, cask number 33
Price: £90
Edition: of 593 bottles that has since sold out

Colour: a rich sun blitzed layer of rust

Aroma: cola cubes, blackberries – these are huge rich flavours with Pledge furniture polish, fresh tarragon and sherry soaked raisins. Just lovely to nose.

Taste: I had to add a little water as without the only really characteristic to appreciate was a very prolonged treacle finish. With that h20 the dram is softened and honey roasted nuts appear, with tobacco, bitter dark chocolate, orange peel and coffee beans.

Sometimes exclusive releases for specific retailers can come with a warning label, however this shows things are improving along with some excellent examples of late from The Whisky Exchange. A marvellous example of GlenDronach and sherry in perfect harmony. It’s such a shame this one has sold out however we can only hope for more collaborations to appear in the future.

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