Whisky Review – Glendronach 1993 20 year old Oloroso cask #5

Glendronach 1993 20 year old Oloroso cask #5
53% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
£84.00 from The Green Welly Stop

Glendronach are releasing just in time for Christmas their 9th batch of single cask releases of their awesome and humongous sherry monsters. These are always very popular and highly sought after, so if your interested in them, buy now or wait til the next batch release.

Nose.

The nose is dry, with figs, plum pudding, rich oloroso, rum and raisin. Spice comes in the form of clove and cinnamon. Some dark chocolate rounds the nose off. It’s a head rush of a nose (in a very good way), which you just can’t help but sniff for a very long time.

Palate.

Surprisingly easy to take undiluted. Rich, intensely mouthcoating, fat juicy sultanas, warming sherried dark fruits, cinnamon, chocolate, orange peel and that fattening Christmas pudding.

Finish.

Medium-long, drying, but fruity intense. With the chocolate oranges and rum and raisin hugging the sip away.

Adding water.

Little drop added. The nose becomes more alive with the spices becoming more overwhelming to the fruit. The palate is still very fruit heavy, and so rewarding for it, more chocolate and orange is added to the fruitcake, and the balance of spices on the diluted palate is just lush. There is more of a brown sugar sweetness to the palate running through the development. The finish is sweeter to drier with a little more oak dust.

Conclusion.

A truly complex, engaging and rewarding dram. Benefits from a drop of water adding a level of richness which really adds so much to the experience. Excellent stuff.

Many thanks to Benriach Distillery Company for providing me with the sample.

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