The GlenDronach Distillery nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills near Aberdeenshire, is named after the source of its water: the Dronac burn. Founded in 1826, The GlenDronach was one of the very first licensed distilleries and has a history of enterprising owners, from the flamboyant James Allardice to the ambitious Walter Scott. Allardice was a colourful character and stories abound as to how he promoted his whisky with entrepreneurial flair. He was a pioneer of sherry cask maturation and would have celebrated today’s GlenDronach, as they still mature their whisky in the finest Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks.
Batch 18 is the latest limited release from Glendronach. Only seven casks in this 2020 release have been specially hand selected by the Master Blender for bottling. Matured for 27 years in an Oloroso Sherry Puncheon, this smooth liquid takes its treacle colour from the wood with no added colouring.
On the nose you enjoy the sherry soaked dried fruits and hints of leather and cedar cigar boxes. On the palate, you savour the stewed plums, sultana cake laced with orange caramel brittle, treacle and clove.