GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 6 review

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GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 6 review

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Glendronach Batch 6 of the Cask Strength series

WhiskyRant’s conclusions
Tasting notes

GlenDronach’s sixth batch of the Cask Strength expression comes with a great 56.1% ABV (alcohol by volume). Bottled with great strength and coming from a distillery with good track record, this GlenDronach sounded tempting when I received a sample from a buddy of mine.

Just like the previous batches, GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 6 has been matured in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Ex-Sherry Casks, and it is non chill filtered. This batch was bottled at natural colour in 2016.

This whisky doesn’t have a fancy backstory. It’s just a combo of two different sherry casks “in the spirit of James Allardice”, the founder of GlenDronach distillery. And to be fair, it doesn’t need any marketing ramblings. Bottled cask strength and matured in an interesting combination is enough. This sherry cask marriage is just that type of progressive experimenting, this industry needs.

The Yin Yang Master

Cask Strength Batch 6 by GlenDronach is apparently a step up from the previous releases. Unfortunately I haven’t tried other batches but based on various reviews (in Whisky Connosr and by Googling around), this 6th release has lifted GlenDronach CS series to a new level. To a level, you could easily expect with this distillery. They’ve done such a great job with their other expressions.

I’m not sure about the sherry cask combination, though. Not a fan of overly sweet sherried whiskies, so in theory, balancing the sweet PX cask influence with Oloroso maturing would be just the right thing to do. But then again, would these two cask types work better apart? Hard to say because this whisky is still good and it’s great that distilleries keep experimenting.

GlenDronach CS Batch 6 is like The Yin Yang Master (Onmyoji, movie made in 2001). Just like the movie, this whisky has some magical qualities.

Tasting Notes

Matured in:
Ex-Sherry casks (Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez)
Colour: Golden mahogany
ABV: 56.1%
Non-chill filtered, no added colour
Nose: Starts with sherry and tannins. Orange peel and nutty notes, turns into orange marmalade. Water adds more sherry sweetness and raisins.
Taste: Strong oak and warming spicy flavors hit first, then comes the sherry. Orange marmalade and raisins. Water and time in the glass make this dram so much sweeter and smooth.
Finish: Sugared barley, oak and spices. Very dry and quite zesty, dried fruits and acid notes. The dryness goes away over time and water, turns into bitter red berries and bitter red jam, with dark chocolate notes. And the very late aftertaste is pure sweet sherry, it lingers long.
Balance: Very good dram but I have to admit, I was expecting even more. I know it sounds stupid but folks at Glendronach distillery are such superstars that my expectations are always high (have been since tasting Revival). Still, in good balance and offering lots of good layers.

GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 6 Scoring

89
Nose:Taste:Finish:Balance:
22
22
23
22
Distillery: GlenDronach Region: Speyside
Cask Strength Batch 6 Single Malt Whisky review

Got a sample from my buddy

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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