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GlenDronach 8 Year Old 2003 PX Butt 'Cask In A Van' 3rd Ed.

Roasted pine nuts

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

27th Jul 2011


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For their third edition of ‘Cask in a Van’ (from 20th to 25th June 2011), GlenDronach used a sherry butt that yielded 660 bottles. The whisky was matured in a Pedro Ximinez cask and bottled after 8 Years at a cask strength of 55% ABV. I suppose this should be closer to the ‘normal’ GlenDronach range, as they are best known for maturing on sherry casks.

This has a ‘deep’ sherry nose. Sweet and sour from gooseberry and honey, candied fruit, walnuts and brown sugar. The sweetness is extra pronounced when adding a splash of water.

The attack is once again feisty with white pepper and quite a bit of oak. After that it’s all crème brûlee, vanilla and roasted pine nuts. Nice body, too. Even with water, which makes it more palatable, it remains wonderfully sweet.

The finish – even with water – is drying and long.

For such a young GlenDronach, this one shows a lovely depth already. This is just plain good, period. And it doesn’t lose any of it’s dignity with the addition of water. An absolute stunner for such a young age.

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