Fünfzehn neue Glendronach-Abfüllungen sind soeben als Batch Nummer 16 erschienen, und diesmal sind sie zwischen 11 und 28 Jahre alt sowie zwischen 1989 und 2006 destilliert, allesamt in spanischen Sherryfässern gereift. Ausgesucht hat die Fässer wie üblich Rachel Barrie, die Master Blenderin von Glendronach, und sie sagt zu den Abfüllungen:
“The Batch 16 cask selection showcases facets of The GlenDronach house style; robust, elegant, fruity and full-bodied. Each cask individually demonstrates the finesse, powerful complexity and rich layers of sherry cask maturation found in every GlenDronach expression; from the 28-year-old Sherry butt distilled in November 1989 with the robust, mellow maturity of rich fruitcake and smoked walnut, to the 22 year old PX puncheon distilled in June 1995 with sweet treacle toffee and manuka honey. At the other end of the age spectrum, the 11-year-old PX distilled in January 2006 balances sweet and dry complexity as nutmegspiced bramble toffee bursts on a velvet wave of cocoa.”
“All casks express The GlenDronach’s persistent dedication to the time-honoured methods and traditions since founding in 1826, a time when sherry and port casks were first imported and used to mature single malt. Revered for mastery of Spanish oak sherry cask maturation, The GlenDronach is synonymous with depth of cask colour and richness of taste, whether influenced by the sweet dark fruits of Pedro Ximenez or the dry nuttiness of Oloroso sherry. I am delighted to now be sharing the Batch 16 cask selection with connoisseurs across the world.”
Nicht alle davon sind in Europa erhältlich – wir haben aber natürlich alle acht, die man hierzulande bekommen kann, in Bild und Wort für Sie beschrieben:
1989 CASK #5476 28 Years Old Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon
Appearance: Deep amber mahogany.
Nose: Robust and earthy with chocolate dates, sweet mincepies and earthy vines, mocha walnut and a hint of coal smoke.
Palate: Succulent sultanas open to fruitcake soaked in sherry, leaving lingering mulled wine, plum skin and gently smoked walnut.
1990 CASK #1014 27 Years Old Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon
Appearance: Dark demerara sugar brown.
Nose: Intriguing complexity of Sherry and French brandy-soaked plum, raisin and dates, tempered by dunnage earth and leather saddles.
Palate: At first, elegant soft plums disguise a crescendo of spiced mulled wine progressing to a finale of dried fruit, dark chocolate and walnut.
1992 CASK #103 25 Years Old Sherry Butt
Appearance: Polished mahogany.
Nose: Dark chocolate, cherry liqueur and sultana give way to polished oak and waxed oilskin with traces of birch tar.
Palate: Orange crepe suzette with dark chocolate, maraschino cherry and bramble cream, progressing to a lingering blackberry finish.
1992 CASK #334 25 Years Old Sherry Butt
Appearance: Rich mahogany gold.
Nose: Stone fruit, fine leather and morello cherry cake with a trace of cigar box with piquante Valencia orange oil and rolling tobacco.
Palate: Sip sherry-laced fruit wine gums, and smooth rolling tobacco leaf with traces of coal dust. Savour lingering sherry and warm leather, and a fine cigar.
1993 CASK #445 24 Years Old Sherry Butt
Appearance: Brown-tinged mahogany.
Nose: An oak-panelled room with baked gingerbread, old brandy and mulled red wine with chestnuts and game roasted on an open fire.
Palate: Sip sherry oils and dates with angelica root and traces of coal dust from an open fire. Savour red wine, chestnut and pheasant game with lingering traces of liquorice and menthol.
1995 CASK #4038 22 Years Old Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon
Appearance: Russet brown.
Nose: Spiced orange and Victoria plum on baked gingerbread with demerara biscuits and mocha coffee.
Palate: Plum and red grape skins become cranberry and orange jus lengthening into a tobacco leaf and Brazil nut finish.
2004 CASK #3342 13 Years Old Port Pipe
Appearance: Antique copper with an intense ruby hue.
Nose: The finesse of dark chocolate, sweet maraschino cherries and orange-laced sandalwood on a base of toasted angelica.
Palate: Sip ripe bramble, Seville orange and baked cherry cake carried by the finest dark chocolate. Savour lingering hints of roast chestnut, chocolate orange and sweet cherry liqueur, lifted by cleansing mint chocolate.
2006 CASK #1979 11 Years Old Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon
Appearance: Tawny amber.
Nose: Sticky PX sherry with layers of toasted cedarwood and chocolate orange on a base of cinnamon spiced bramble jam and baked plum.
Palate: Nutmeg-spiced bramble toffee and clementine burst on the palate, carried on a velvet wave of cocoa and wood resin. Cranberry, hazelnut and raisin linger into the perfectly balanced sweet and dry finish.
Alle 15 Fässer bekommen nur die USA, für den Rest der Welt sind 7 Fässer vorgesehen.