The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8

The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8

(0.75l, 61%)


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Spot-on perfect after dinner dram with rich and complex notes of Sherry-influenced glory.

GlenDronach Distillery was founded in 1826 by James Allardice whose name is still proudly displayed on the bottle. They are smack dab in the middle of the Highland action. Over the nearly 200 years of their history, this traditional distillery has been bought, sold, and traded more times than a Chicago politician. But in 2008 they were acquired from Pernod Ricard by the BenRiach Distillery Company. GlenDronach has won a lot of awards across their wide range of superlative releases. But the best award — and the only one you probably care about — is that they have a devoted cadre of followers who make a Spirit of the GlenDronach line their own, personal, daily dram.

GlenDronach has produced a series of cask strength releases over the years. GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8 is one of our favorites for all the right reasons. It is a classic Single Malt from the central Highlands aged in 100% Spanish Sherry casks Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso. And it is bottled at 61% ABV to boot so there is nothing at all standing between your taste buds and this luscious dram. We recommend just a spoonful of water to let the flavors bloom like a highland rose.

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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Polished Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The fragrance is perfume-like with vanilla orchids, sandalwood, cocoa, and warm oak.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is thick, rich, and complex with tons of fig, sultana, medjool date, cocoa, candied pecan, Luxardo syrup, coffee bean, and English toffee.

The finish is longer than you expect and rich with notes of espresso, mocha, and humidor.
Ratings & Reviews
Very smooth for the high ABV of the cask strength.
Wow!! The flavor profile is fairly similar to the 15yr old but the 61% ABV ramps up the intensity. A lot of heat but no harsh burn - absolutely luscious
Strooong Fruit chocolate coffee on the nose. Turns nutty and coffee. A great surprise. Could be $100+ grab if you can.
Absolutely wonderful. Waited a long time for this. Worth the wait.
SPECTACULAR! A couple of things: 1)How is this NOT over 200 bucks? 2)This is 61% ABV? I'm not feeling it. Especially on the nose. Pineapple jumped out initially for me, followed by peach and melons with a touch of cinnamon. Surprisingly friendly with hardly any burn on the nose. How did they do that with a 122 proof whiskey??? On the palate. Sweet, as most sherried Scotches are, but deep and rich. Fruit cake for days with notes of cinnamon and spice. Halfway into the dram, a bready cinnamon bun came to mind mixed with a prominent oak note. I got a bit of chocolate covered almonds as well. Again, I'm still wondering about the cask strength. This is probably the "smoothest", friendliest, AND the highest ABV in my collection. It's definitely warming, but absolutely no burn! Dr. Rachel Barrie, Glendronach's master blender, really knows her stuff. A 61% finessed to be so damn elegant and sophisticated. A brilliant release! This is perhaps one of the BEST sherried whiskies I've ever had! Easily beats the Macallan 18 in my collection (overhyped imo) which is almost 3 times the Glendronach's price. In a blind taste-test, this Batch 8 would easily beat it and other top-shelf sherried whiskies hands down! Cheers!🥃
So great I had to order a second bottle, this may make me rethink Cask strength in the future
Wow, what a shock to the palate...smoky, lots of depth to its notes, this could be new favorite Go To Scotch. Not sure how it can be that much better in Cask strength from its more pedestrian brothers, but it is. Sandy in Dufftown, Scotland, told me it was good, and he was right.
A very nice and smooth scotch; the flavor profile is on target. 🤠
Strong fruity flavors. Finish is long and pleasant. One of the finest sherried scotches I've ever had.
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