Saturday, 16 November 2013

Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 3

This expression from BenRiach owned distillery Glendronach appeared nearly a year ago as a small batch, cask strength whisky.  Combining PX and Oloroso sherry casks creates a deeply sweet but balanced whisky.  I’m a fan of Glendronach (and BenRiach) and this expression in particular, and so I was really keen to try out batch 3.

Yes it’s a NAS, but so is Tomatin Decades.

Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 3, 54.9% A⊕

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Nose – Rich raisin, fruit and nut bar, lots of malt, lots of cracked black pepper and honeyed breakfast bar.  Sweet and richly honeyed, fresh pineapple, but backed by woody Oloroso giving balance.  A little waxy bookcase, honey glazed pistachios and toast with honey.  Lovely, addictive nose.

Body – Chocolatey, sweet, real dark malt note, very nicely integrated.  Some cherries.

Finish – Medium to long, fizzing.  Sweetness slightly overstays its welcome but isn’t cloying as it’s initially balanced by oak and then by citrus elements which survive to the end.

Whats not good about it: Just steps one foot the wrong side of sweet.

What’s good about it:  Stunning nose, well balanced, fresh but rich, bit spicy and absolutely delicious.

Thanks for Glendronach for the sample. I’ll be buying a bottle of this.

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