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GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 4

Andalusian Muscle Part I

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@cricklewoodReview by @cricklewood

12th Dec 2020

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    89

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My spirits consumption is at a low point but I decide that making an effort to reduce the number of samples I own which helps me get back into the swing of things, especially reviews, since I'm rather rusty there too.

A cask strength Sherry bomb showdown is a good way to get back into things and Glendronach Cask Strength doesn't need much in the way of introductions.The sample was graciously provided by @fiddich1980

Nose: A bit of coffee, marzipan. Sticky buns, apples, yeasty sherry notes, a touch of mineral oil and cassia bark (cinnamon oil) an almost putty like smell/plasticine?

Palate: Earthy, oranges, raisins/dates, Stollen, malted cereals. The oak is present but it's dry, like pencil shavings.

Finish: Chestnuts/celery, thanksgiving stuffing & cranberry sauce with oranges. A big wave of acidity at the end.

The Blab: I love how accessible this is, not too heavy or hot, the notes are very mid-register, loads of cereals, nuts, fruits and good balance, this grew on me by the second try.

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3 comments

@RianC
RianC commented

@cricklewood - I can't remember the batch of the sample I had but I liked it enough to add it to my wishlist. Excellent review, thanks.

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@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

I haven't tried this one yet, but based on your review and a few others, I'm pretty sure I would prefer it over both A'Bunadh and Glenfarclas 105. This is another distillery not doing much wrong these days. Thanks for the helpful review.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood commented

After reading @OdysseusUnbound review of batch 7, I have slight regrets about not picking one up especially since I twice found myself in a store holding a bottle and putting it back. I'm a little afraid of their newfound reliance on PX casks.

I like the versions of Glendronach that exhibit these slightly savoury elements to them. I have found that certain Glengoyne and Tomatin expressions were good substitutions, although different.

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