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Glendronach 13 Years Old Virgin Oak Cask 1751 Exclusively for The Duchess 53.9% 2003

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Distillery

GlenDronach

Bottler

OB

Serie X
Bottled for Bottled Exclusively for The Duchess
Distilled date 14.01.2003
Bottling date 30.05.2016
Country Scotland
Region

Eastern Highlands

Age 13
Cask Type Virgin Oak Hogshead
Cask Number 1751
Alcohol percentage 53.9
Volume 0,70
Condition In Original Container
Stock 7

BOW (87)

Tasting Notes by the chaps at GlenDronach:
Nose: Tart tatin drizzled with apricot syrup and dusted with toasted coconut. All spiced with waves of delicious sweet oak.
Appearance: Glowing harvest gold
Palate: Candied peel and ginger syrup pour over roasted orchard fruits with a fantastic combination of cinnamon sugar and gentle vanilla.

Whiskynotes.be:
ose: starts like a grain whisky, in the sense that it’s full of oak shavings, coconut and vanilla. Cinnamon dusting. Then some lactic notes, a little custard and juicy peaches. Strawberry jam. Syrupy tarte tatin with just a hint of mint. Mouth: there’s a fruity core (apricots, roasted pineapple) but this is mostly on spices. Ginger, pepper, cinnamon. Then some blackberry leaves and fruit tea. Hints of burnt wood. Finish: long, very dry, peppery with a bitter woody edge.
Really interesting, a Scotch with flashes of bourbon and grain whisky. You have to like an oaky style though.

LovinWhisky:
On the nose there is a thick syrupy sweetness making me think of strawberry bubblegum, cherries, coconut shavings, caramelized apples, powdered sugar, vanilla pods, blackcurrant, raspberry jam, dried apricots, honey and redcurrant. Soft notes of toast, wood and spices in a thin layer covering all this fruity sweetness.

The palate shows a warm and spicy combination of orchard and tropical fruits mixed with baking spices, red pepper balls, coconut and ginger. I can also find notes of soft creamy vanilla, raisins, powdered sugar, oranges, blackcurrant, anise, lemon, blue berries and rhubarb pie. A middle length finish with a light note of mace between the vanilla. Lovely dram

Serge Valentin (85)

I wager. Colour: gold. Nose: it is sweeter oak this time, with the anticipated (well, expected) vanilla and rather a lot of herbal teas, from the usual chamomile to verbena. Plus maple syrup, roasted raisins, and just all-flower honey. Warning, water may totally change it, in my experience. With water: it rather does, with more banana skin and other fruit peelings. In short, it gets drier. Mouth (neat): really good, easy, with some vanilla and lemon balm, candied grapefruit, and perhaps dried apricots. With water: more sawdust – nothing abnormal - and banana/lemon. Typical, and rather good. Finish: medium, with a little more sour wood. Not sure you should water this one down. Comments: not bad at all for virgin oak. Not quite some lumberjack whisky!

Gal Granov (87)

Nose: Big wood notes with coconut, vanilla and stewed peaches and pears, golden syrup very perfumed and very attractive indeed. Cinnamon and more subtle wood spice.

Palate: Again – big and spicy with star anise, cinnamon heat, chilly, ginger and rich vanilla extract oily and mouth coating. Chewy wood, maple syrup, wood tannins, dry and lively.

Finish :Spicy with chilly, vanilla and coconut.

This is not the most complex single cask GD I’ve had, but this is one yummy whisky. The nose is lovely, and the mouth feel is great, big bold and full of flavour, you will want to pour yourself another dram immediately, as did I. Highly enjoyable, and recommended. It’s quite a different creature than what you’d expect from a 13 year old GD, but worth your while, IMHO. Get one.

BOW (86)

maltfascination.com:

This GlenDronach is their second bottling, after a 1991 Ardbeg (!). What Nils (the guy who runs it) also hosted was a fairly epic Springbank tasting with Framaltfascination.com:

This GlenDronach is their second bottling, after a 1991 Ardbeg (!). What Nils (the guy who runs it) also hosted was a fairly epic Springbank tasting with Frank McHardy talking the guests through a bunch of drams. Talking about something legendary! I still regret not being able to attend.

Anyway, Nils was kind enough to give me a sample of his new bottling. I have been a dick about not reviewing it about four months ago. Luckily for you, ‘dear reader’, it’s still available.

This puppy was drawn from a Virgin Oak hogshead, and bottled at cask strength, last May.

The nose is smooth and gentle with (obviously) quite some oak. I get scents of chili peppers and pears. Some ethanol. The curls after shaving a beam of white oak. Some bayleaf and licorice.

Sip:
The palate is surprisingly sharp and bone dry. Mind, this is not a complaint since I like dry whiskies, and a bit of oomph never hurt anyone either. It’s really demanding and draws your attention when you take a sip. Lots of fresh oak with GlenDronachs heavy spirit backing it up. Something crisp too, some mint maybe. Oak, wood spices, pear, chili and alcohol.

Swallow:
The finish is dry, but not as dry as the palate. Lots of oak and heat from the alcohol. White and red pepper to add to the heat. Quite long and warm.

So, what about this one then? It’s a bit of a two-sided affair. On one hand it’s strong, punchy and dry. I quite like that. I also like the flavors which are not overly similar to the other GlenDronach Virgin Oaks out there. It’s quite different from how I remember our club bottling, for example.

On the other hand, a lot of Virgin Oak GlenDronachs have been released over the last five years or so. That means you lose some originality points there. Having said that, compared to the generally available single casks it’s priced competitively, and it’s something else from the more available sherry casks. Recommended!
nk McHardy talking the guests through a bunch of drams. Talking about something legendary! I still regret not being able to attend.

Anyway, Nils was kind enough to give me a sample of his new bottling. I have been a dick about not reviewing it about four months ago. Luckily for you, ‘dear reader’, it’s still available.

This puppy was drawn from a Virgin Oak hogshead, and bottled at cask strength, last May.

11205_bigSniff:
The nose is smooth and gentle with (obviously) quite some oak. I get scents of chili peppers and pears. Some ethanol. The curls after shaving a beam of white oak. Some bayleaf and licorice.

Sip:
The palate is surprisingly sharp and bone dry. Mind, this is not a complaint since I like dry whiskies, and a bit of oomph never hurt anyone either. It’s really demanding and draws your attention when you take a sip. Lots of fresh oak with GlenDronachs heavy spirit backing it up. Something crisp too, some mint maybe. Oak, wood spices, pear, chili and alcohol.

Swallow:
The finish is dry, but not as dry as the palate. Lots of oak and heat from the alcohol. White and red pepper to add to the heat. Quite long and warm.

So, what about this one then? It’s a bit of a two-sided affair. On one hand it’s strong, punchy and dry. I quite like that. I also like the flavors which are not overly similar to the other GlenDronach Virgin Oaks out there. It’s quite different from how I remember our club bottling, for example.

On the other hand, a lot of Virgin Oak GlenDronachs have been released over the last five years or so. That means you lose some originality points there. Having said that, compared to the generally available single casks it’s priced competitively, and it’s something else from the more available sherry casks. Recommended!

3.6 stars - 4 professional reviews
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13 Years Old Virgin Oak Cask 1751 Exclusively for The Duchess 53.9%
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