Glendronach, The Richly-Sherried Single Malt, Makes a Spirited Comeback

Sleeping giant to take malt lovers on a journey of re-discovery

WARM, rich oak and sherry sweetness. Deep amber gold. Rich mahogany. Spiced mulled wine and pear. Treacle toffee and chocolate orange. Fruit compote and glacier morello cherries. Walnut cake and mocha. Viscous and syrupy.

An astonishing smorgasbord of complex tastes, colours and character is at the heart of the new GlenDronach portfolio of single malts which are re-launched today (Tuesday April 7) following a £250,000 investment by its new owners, The BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd.

The GlenDronach Distillery in Forgue, Aberdeenshire, is famous for producing richly-sherried single malt whiskies of inimitable and individual character. Today sees three sublime malts – a 12, 15 and 18-year-old – make a welcome re-appearance on the market.

Managing Director and Master Blender Billy Walker was instrumental in awakening the sleeping giant. “This is the beginning of our strategy to re-package and re-launch GlenDronach in markets worldwide. We’ve taken it back to how it was originally, promoting it as one of Scotland’s original sherried whiskies.”

Alan McConnochie
Alan McConnochie

Distillery Manager Alan McConnochie (pictured) said: “Whisky connoisseurs have been waiting patiently for our new core range and it’s exciting for all of us at GlenDronach to be part of bringing this iconic brand back to life. I hope my tasting notes are interesting.

“The classic GlenDronach 12-year-old, a superb, richly sherried single malt, is matured for at least twelve years in a combination of the finest Spanish Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso sherry casks. Non-chill filtered, of natural colour and bottled at 43%, the GlenDronach 12-year-old “Original” is a sweet, creamy dram.

Appearance
Deep amber-red gold.

Nose
Sweet, creamy vanilla, with hints of ginger. Spiced mulled wine and pear.

Palate
Rich, creamy, silky-smooth. Warm, rich oak and sherry sweetness, full mouth feel, raisins and soft fruits. Spicy with medium length and a dry finish.

Conclusions
Long, full and firm, slightly nutty.

Renowned amongst many whisky enthusiasts around the world, the GlenDronach 15-year-old full-bodied malt is matured for a minimum of fifteen years in the finest Oloroso sherry casks. Bottled at 46%, the GlenDronach “Revival” is non chill filtered and of natural colour.

Appearance
Deep gold with a lovely mahogany heart.

Nose
Incredible concentration of aromas. Treacle toffee and chocolate orange.

Palate
A very dynamic and full bodied dram for its age. Chewy with coffee chocolate and treacle scones.

Conclusions
A veritable feast to enliven the senses.

“And finally the famous GlenDronach 18-year-old, now re-named “Allardice”, is the third expression in the GlenDronach core range. This exceptional single sherried malt is non chill filtered and of natural colour. Matured in the finest Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at 46%, this richly sherried malt is truly unforgettable.

Appearance
Bright deep gold with a tawny centre.

Nose
Sweet aromatics of fudge and muscovado sugar. Fruit compote and glacier morello cherries provide added complexity.

Palate
Rich dark and seductive. Remarkable flavours of stewed fruits and all-spice marry together with classical aged Oloroso and toasted walnut bread and chocolate orange.

Conclusions
Tremendously complex and long.”

Billy added: “The name “GlenDronach” is Gaelic for “the valley of the brambles” but there’s nothing prickly about our three new releases. All have that distinctive sweet, sherried GlenDronach nose, with subtle hints of chocolate, ginger, autumn fruits and much more.

“And you don’t have to imagine them any longer; you can now taste them for yourself. The sleeping giant has awoken!”

For more information and stockists, visit our new website www.glendronachdistillery.co.uk or call Marketing Manager, Kerry White, on 00441 324 682220.

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