Glendronach Cask Strength (Batch 8)

Scotch Whisky Review #157: Glendronach Cask Strength (Batch 8)

Distillery: Glendronach

Region: Speyside

Price: Sample courtesy of /u/d333bs

ABV: 61.0%

Age: NAS

Color: 1.3, Russet/Muscat. Natural Color and Non-Chill Filtered.

Nose: (according to the wife) Lots and lots of caramel in this one. It’s sweet, but not the super sugary kind but the sweetness that comes more from brown sugar and molasses. She thought it smelled a bit like brown sugar cookies.

Palate: It’s like drinking candy. It starts off with a silky caramel before giving way to a rich butterscotch. Towards the back, you get a very milky chocolate. With a few drops of water, all of the flavors just really intensify and you get more of all of it.

Finish: Medium to long in length. There’s a dusting of cacao powder along with a little bit of aged oak. With water, you get some malt biscuits.

Conclusion: I had the pleasure to sit down the other day and compare two of the Glendronach Cask Strengths (Batch 7 and Batch 8) side by side. This one is clearly the superior of the two. The nose teases it’s going to be a fun dessert treat. The palate follows through with loads of sweet treats. The finish is a nice way to wrap it all up, especially the slightly earthier notes of the oak and malt. It does lack a little bit of depth to make it amazing but on the whole, it’s really fun and delicious. Would I buy a bottle? Absolutely.

Final Score: 85.

Scotch Whisky Review #157, Speyside Review #65, Whisky Network Review #208

Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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