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GlenDronach’s Grandeur releases preserve hitting the market, with Batch 11 one of many oldest it’s ever dropped. The 28 yr previous bottling is, like Batch 10, drawn from a small variety of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks wherein the whisky has been absolutely matured, not completed.
There’s fairly a similarity between this launch and the prior bottling, and my tasting notes bear a robust resemblance to that launch. The previous, well-oxidized sherry character is absolutely on show right here, and my guess is there’s extra PX on this launch than there’s Oloroso. The nostril is intense: toasted nuts, espresso beans, leather-based, and tea left in a single day to pay attention on the backside of a cup. On the palate, I anticipated a shocking sweetness kicks issues off, evoking espresso with sugar, brandied cherries, and a light-weight contact of toasted coconut. Nutty, leathery, and intense on the end. The general complexion is akin to a type of coffee-laced dessert drinks which might be invariably laborious to place down — I do know I had hassle doing so. The end is sharp with sherry notes and flamed citrus peel components that develop stronger the longer the whisky spends within the glass. All advised I believe the dial could be pushed a bit too far towards PX this time round, nevertheless it’s laborious to complain to vigorously a couple of whisky this exuberant and expressive.
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