When this bottling was announced I knew right away that I wanted it. Somewhat strange because not all my experiences with GlenDronachs are that good and I’ve had at least one single cask from 1994 that I just didn’t like all that much.
Then, when the price was announced I started doubting whether or not to buy one since I find 135 euros nothing to scoff at, for a bottle of booze. At first I thought it was an expensive bottling but after comparing the vintage with other recent releases of 1993 it seemed to be in line with this so I had to come up with something else.
In the end whisky buddy Ben C. turned out to be a willing target to share this one with. I think I could have found plenty of others, but since we were doing a massive trade it was likely to just add this one on top of everything else.
Anyway, GlenDronach, decent age, Oloroso Sherry Butt. Here it goes.
If I think back to the recent Glenlivet I tried, this is more or less in the same line, albeit slightly heavier. There’s some oak but it’s not overpowering in any way. The flavor of seville oranges and candied orange prevails. The alcohol starts coming through after a short while, but still, not in a bad way. There’s some rum like sugar behind it all too. The cask and spirit play well together!
The palate is sharp with some heat from the alcohol. Not from chili peppers this time. The fruit is more the candied kind than the fresh ones, although the fresh oranges are not entirely discarded. Dried peach and apricot. There is a hint of leather and old armchairs behind it all. Quite delicious.
The finish has a sudden hit of dried fruits and maybe a syrup of mint. Oranges, dates, peaches. Dried fruits galore. Quite long, with some slightly dry oak too.
Well, yes. Just yes. This is a delicious whisky. The kind of GlenDronach from an Oloroso cask you hope for when you open one. The flavors are deep and intense and while this might not be the most complex whisky you’ll ever taste, it is just delicious.
You don’t want all whiskies to be complex, do you? Sometimes it’s just a really good night for kicking back and drinking something utterly delicious. That’s what this one is for I think. It might be a tad expensive, but I wasn’t talking about a school night, was I?
GlenDronach 21yo, 1993-2014, Cask #23, 52.1%, OB for WhiskyBase. Sold out by now, although it lasted surprisingly long.