Whisky Review – Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 3

Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 3
54.9% ABV
Available for £56.73 from MasterOfMalt
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring

It’s that time of the year for a Glendronach Cask Strength release. Batch 3 is the latest run in their ever popular and high quality Cask Strength releases from this craft distillery. A mix of oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry cask maturation. Let’s see how it is.

Nose.

Big intense sherry fruit and spices. Warming spicy rum drenched raisins. Alcohol infused Christmas pudding. Plums. Cinnamon. A dusting of sugar. Some good oak spiciness in the mix. A fair nutty set of aromas. Some melted chocolate over warm toffee is ever present. There is a little lighter creaminess to this nose when comparing to batch 2. Exceptionally pleasant.

Palate.

Thick, oily, creamy mouthfeel. Massive sherry blast, the alcohol burn, once subsided the richness of the fruits, raisins, plums, some orange all come forth with a creamy spicy voluptuous body of spices and gorgeous sherried continuum of enjoyment. When comparing the batch 2 I find there is less of an intensive alcohol blast, batch 3 being smoother and more immediately palatable with more accessible fruit in its undiluted form.

Finish.

Warming spice coated dark fruits. Drying out but with fruitiness ever present and the sherry oak tannins remaining for a long finish. Comparing to batch 2, batch 3 is smoother and has less burn in the undiluted finish.

Adding water.

Adding a nice splash and giving some time. The nose now exhibits more dusting sugars, and oak presence whilst still retaining a fair bit of of the fruity goodness of the undiluted nose. The nuttiness is more in the front now. The palate…wow…the fruit and nut and oak is all there in abundance and is just plain fantastic, lovely balance of sumptuous flavours. The oiliness allows this transition of flavour to palate so effortlessly. More. Want more. The finish feels longer, fruitier, and has some excellent feel good factor in there.

Conclusion.

I absolutely love batch 2 and still have a bottle on the go which I will enjoy to its very last drop. I am going to most definitely replace it with a batch 3 though, which I have found to be an amazing addition to the range, and (probably, not having sampled batch 1) is the best batch I have had so far. I’d love to know the age of these, I would assume that batch 3 is older than batch 2. I continue to absolutely adore the Glendronach spectacular sherried experience.

Thanks to Benriach/Glendronach for the lovely sample. Greatly appreciated.

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