Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 1 54.8% NV
|Cask Type||Vatting of Oloroso & Pedro Ximenez Casks|
|Conditie||In Original Container|
Serge Valentin (91)
This is a brand new one and a vatting of oloroso and PX casks. I know Glendronach isn’t officially a Speysider but I think it does behave like a speysider. Ahem.
Nose: … and yet a very similar
profile, I wouldn’t say that the PX brought much more roundness and sweetness – so far. So a lot of dried fruits again, Corinthian raisins,
rich tobacco, chocolate, bacon, mint… and quite some fresh walnuts as well (skins). With water: more leather, game and tobacco (cigar humidor)
as well as whiffs of black truffles.
Mouth (neat): now it’s sweeter,
and quite unusual too. Oh, and rather brilliant. Starts quite nervous,
on pink grapefruits and ginger tonic, before some beautiful notes of tangerine liqueur and gingerbread join in the dancing. Absolutely lovely. With water: more bitter oranges and more ‘greenness’ (herbs, chlorophyll) that go very well with this profile.
Finish: long, creamy, not cloying at all. Great balance. More black raisins, cocoa powder and cardamom in the aftertaste.
Comments: well, it seems that they did it again. Big yet impressively balanced. Not too sure about the price but it’ll probably be a bargain.