Whisky Review: GlenDronach Single Cask Cask Number 276

[54.1%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1994・Original Bottling Specifically Selected and Bottled for Silver Seal and Lion’s Whisky・Single Cask Release of 431 Bottles]

Nose:

Ahhh, comfort.  Astoundingly balanced for a Pedro Ximenez single cask; the oak has been kept at bay and the sherry cloaks itself behind a thin veil, leaving much to imagination.  The likes of dates and Christmas cake seemingly understand when to take a step back, allowing toasted malt and chocolate dust to pass through.  The fruitiness takes a gingery turn effortlessly as the oak slowly but surely asserts itself, tobacco leaves gently toasting away.  There is so much finesse and elegance in the air, it is truly captivating.

Palate & Finish:

A flawless delivery of delicious Pedro Ximenez influence, dark prunes and black cherries, with just a splash of fresh oak spices that ripples across.  The insertion of mildly roasted coffee beans replaces the first act, bringing about a delicate creaminess with the liquor-soaked-dried-orange-slices joining the chorus.

Hints of tobacco and toasted barley to go with the satisfying aftertaste from a creamy cigar; long enough for a reminiscence of juiciness that inspires philosophical thoughts.

Thoughts:

This GlenDronach is somehow, so Italian; this may be a GDSC but it certainly isn’t just any Sherry bomb, this is exceptional.  Bravo for such a soulful interpretation.

☆☆

-Nicholas