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GlenDronach’s signature Single Malt masterfully finished in Douro Port pipes and perfectly balanced by Rachel Barrie.
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 about a mile south of the River Deveron. Over their 200-year 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 GlenDronach their personal, daily dram.
At GlenDronach, they age their Single Malt in a combination of Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso Sherry casks — it is a vital part of their signature flavor profile. The Glendronach Port Wood Finish starts just that same way, so the Spirit has a lovely and strong Sherry influence. But this dram is then finished in Douro Valley Port Wine pipes. The combination is a bit of a gamble. Sherry and Port finishing are rarely combined in Whiskies because it takes a confident, experienced hand and superlative taste buds to strike the right balance.
But GlenDronach’s master Blender Rachel Barrie scores a win. This dram is really well-balanced and exciting in the mouth at a perfect 46% ABV with no chill-filtration or other funny stuff.
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Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The influence of the casks arrive quickly upon the nose with notes of Grappa, fig, pear, and banana over graham cracker pie crust and warm baking spices.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate follows the nose with more of the fruit tones — this time with a hint of blackberries and apricot — over rich Rum cake and vanilla cream.
The finish is long with a lingering note of Holiday fruitcake.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in The GlenDronach Port Wood and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.