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Every new release from the GlenDronach is a time to be merry, and especially a new batch of this yummy cask strength dram which got a hearty welcome a few months ago when batch #1 was out, and I loved it (see my notes). Batch #2 has just been announced, and It shall be interesting to see if it delivers the same quality, and how batch variation will differ. The second batch has been personally selected once again by Master Blender Billy Walker. At 55.2% vol, non chill-filtered and bottled at its natural colour, it has been matured as before in a combination of the finest Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks 12,000 bottles all in all .let’s dive:
Nose : very sweet with oodles of toffee treacle. Dried fruit: sultanas, maraschino cherries , thick honey dew. Orange peel, cinnamon and a bit of white pepper. Hints of balsamic vinegar and charred oak.
Palate: thick and spicy to start with with sweet chilly, lots of prunes , dates and sultanas. Christmas cake soaked with rum. Lovely mouth feel. Sweet and a bit savoury. Banana bubble-gum. Tobacco and a bit of dark chocolate. Not very bitter and no espresso. A real treat. Beautifully integrated desert dram.
Finish: lingering sultanas in liquor. Dates. And sweet wood and praline.
Excellent stuff. Better than batch 1, and if the price is the same, it’s a must buy, for me at least. It’s on the top of my “wish list” now.