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In august 2011 GlenDronach launched no less than 6 new single casks at cask strength. The youngest is a 17 Year Old oloroso sherry butt from 1994, the oldest a 40 Year Old Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheon from 1971. This 21 Year Old, a PX sherry puncheon that was put to rest on 7 December 1989, yielded 618 bottles of the cough syrup colored liquid. I tasted it head-to-head with a 20 Year Old from a similar cask (see next note).
The nose is a deep sherry that reminds me of raisins, dades and dried prunes, but has something dusty as well. A touch of menthol and balsamico. A lot of candied sugar and tobacco leaves. Very expressive and enjoyable.
The body of this GlenDronach is huge. Very fatty, buttery with a perfect balance between the dark, sweet fruit and bitter touches of espresso, oak and balsamico. Liquorice, a pinch of salt and pepper. Roasted nuts.
The finish is sour/sweet and ends in hazelnuts.
A great GlenDronach that does not need water. It does take about 125 EUR out of your whisky budget, though.