The GlenDronach has unveiled Batch 12 of its iconic Cask Strength Single Malt whisky. The twelfth release of this decadent Scotch boasts exceptional depths of sherry cask maturation, marrying Highland spirit to Spanish oak.
The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 12 is a richly sherried Highland Single Malt, matured slowly in fine Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía in Spain. Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, “intricately composes each batch for the deepest color; the richest, most full-bodied complexity; and an enduring, elegant finish,” says the brand.
“The GlenDronach Cask Strength offers connoisseurs a deep insight into the distillery’s signature character, by bottling at the whisky’s natural cask strength, as was the custom before the turn of the 20th Century,” says Barrie. “Add a drop or two of water to open up the liquid and reveal a cornucopia of flavors; from rich mocha to raisin-filled fruit-cake and indulgent crème brûlée. Such is the reward of our twelfth batch of The GlenDronach Cask Strength, a richly sherried Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky matured in fine Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks.”
Deep bronze in color, the whisky offers rich mocha and creamy cappuccino aromas, which meld with orange and raisin-filled fruit cake, cherry liqueur, and sandalwood. On the palate, a voluptuous swathe of velvety spice reveals dark chocolate tiramisu topped with flamed Seville orange peel, toasted almond, and crystallized ginger. The lingering finale features amaretto-laced mocha, morello cherry, and sultana on indulgent caramelized crème brûlée.
As with all expressions of The GlenDronach, all of the natural colors are drawn from slow maturation in Spanish oak casks.
Bottled at 58.2% ABV, The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 12 will soon be available for $104.99 from select retailers. For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.
Batch 11 of Glendronach’s Cask Strength offerings, meanwhile, dove deep into sherry notes. On the palate, richly spiced bramble wine and treacle toffee interweave with chocolate raisin, cinnamon maple, and sultana.