Review: Glendronach 1994 Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

17 years; Oloroso Sherry Cask
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Glendronach (Forgue by Huntly, Scotland)

Glendronach bottles some absolutely terrific single casks - when you can find them. They used to be easier to get, and cheaper - but so it goes.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: Cask 1503. Bottle541/671

  • Bottling Code: 11/11/1994. 08/2012. 17 Years

  • Bottling Date: 2012

The nose is brilliant. Spicy, woody, dense, dred rose petals, and spicecake. Lots of sherry.  The palate is lightly tart, with slight earthy peat, lots of sherry, rancio, nuts, dried fruit, oak…and it is big. Hmm…some nice cacao too and a brilliant finish full of nuts, spices, and dried fruit. I think that actually covers most of it – but what makes this a great whisky is that all of the notes are within themselves quite complex and deep, making for quite a terrific whisky. Brilliant dryness on the finish.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, based on $200. However, if you are all about this style - old, cask strength sherried scotch that has good depth this is a decent buy.