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GlenDronach 1978 single cask 1040

Crisp and citrusy

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@WhiskyNotesReview by @WhiskyNotes

21st Sep 2010

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Nose: elegance is the keyword here. There’s a juicy fruitiness to start with: sour cherries, bramble, soft raspberry. Hints of apple cake as well. Superb freshness of Seville oranges and pink grapefruit. A little mint. Very lively with an incredible smoothness. Water doesn’t seem to work here, the nose is too subtle to survive.

Mouth: rich and vibrant. Raspberries, tangerine, some chocolate. Orange peel. Again some undertones of mint. A bit of oak. This time water works nicely and brings out walnut flavours.

A very crisp GlenDronach, high on citrus notes. When compared to the older 1970’s releases, it misses a bit of punch. But of course this one is a less expensive.

Finish: long, a tad nuttier.

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2 comments

@mcgeesorg
mcgeesorg commented

"Crisp" and "citrus" are not descriptors I ever expected to see in the review a 30yo+ Glendronach. I'm used to grapefruit notes in malts this age from some distilleries -- Mortlach and Imperial high on the list -- but I wouldn't have expected Glendronach's stills to yield that. Likewise, something that's spent three decades in oloroso. And for the intersection thereof? I am highly intrigued now.

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@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes commented

Pink grapefruit is sweeter and less typically grapefruit of course. But yes, if you compare this to the other oloroso single casks, this one is very citric and fresh.

10 years ago 0

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