Distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2020, this 26yr old single cask from GlenDronach comes to us after 26 years of aging in a Port Pipe. Bottled at cask strength with no coloring or filtering at 51.3% ABV, Cask #5287 carries a MSRP of $415 and is a US only release.
Bright and fruity on the nose - cherry cordials, bright raspberry, deep tobacco and some strawberries and cream. Honey, a bit of toffee, light pepper. Vibrant, fun.
Sweet on the palate. Moderate to thick mouthfeel. Proof feels just about right. Again - big cherry notes, blackberry, honey and toffee. Sweet with a good bit of oak to keep things balanced nicely. Not syrupy or cough medicine like which is great. Caramel, pralines, light cocoa. Delectable.
Long finish. Lovely integration of malt and wine, much darker profile here with cocoa, tobacco, cherry cordials and blackberry jam.
A great companion to the 1993 vintage, this bottling takes on a very unique profile. Great wine influence has always been a hallmark of GleDronach’s bottlings and this entry is no exception.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.