Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 4
£51.69 from Master of Malt
Nicely nutty. Walnut skins. Chocolate. Caramel. Thick, rich toffee. Quite a Cadbury caramel bar experience on the nose initially. Clove & Stem ginger in the spices. There’s quite a bite to the nose with the cask strength ABV. There’s a cooperative toasted brown sugar sweetness also. Some rum and raisin. Dates. Soaked plums. A traditional Glendronach in the sherry monster dept.
Immediately dry and fruity. Lots of dark dried fruits. Raisin, sultana, dates. Very chewy. The development gets a little warm in the alcohol department but soon subsides, to gives layers upon layers of deep nutty warmth and chocolate confectionary. Brown sugars, chewy toffee, all the while with a nutty intensity and creamy, thick mouthfeel.
Long. The sherry infused fruits hang around for a little while followed by lots of nuts and chocolate. It’s almost fruit and nut bar in the finish. Still intensive all the way through to the end.
As you get used to the ABV (and it doesn’t take long) the dram becomes more and more flavoursome with no water. But in adding a few drops we get even more spicy and sweet intensity to the nose. On the palate the fruits are thicker and more prominent, with even more spices during the development. The finish, still long, retains more spice and fruity bite.
I’ve tried most of the Glendronach cask strength batches, and from memory, this one suits me the best. It’s a very intensely tasting and invigorating experience. There is a lovely balance of flavours and some delicious variation when diluted. Highly recommended, it’s one of, if not the best (in my opinion) of the cask strength sherry monsters out there.
Thanks so much to Glendronach for providing the sample.