It seems the world has finally caught on to the secret that was GlenDronach. Outside of the UK, the brand has been bit of a hidden gem, particularly in countries such as the US. Today, however, that seems to be changing. And it should.
Few distillers have perfected the art of sherry maturation quite like GlenDronach, it’s house style built on a unique marriage between Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez casks. As a lover of fortified wine as well as single malt whisky matured in its repurposed casks, it’s hard not to admire their approach to whisky making.
Last night I had a chance to participate in a vertical tasting that included eight (8) different expressions of GlenDronach. It was the sort of tasting that whisky enthusiasts dream of, one that I consider myself very lucky to have attended. The highlights? The brand new Peated Port Wood (not available in the US sadly) and the 1993 24 Year Old Single Cask: two entirely different but equally beautiful whiskies that if I could, would gladly drink every day for the rest of my life. Yes, the 21 Year Old Parliament still remains one of my favorite sherry-matured whiskies to date but it was these two that stole the show last night.