for Whisky Live Tokyo 2013.
Continuing the topic of bottlings prepared for the Tokyo International Bar Show & Whisky Live Tokyo 2013 (after already described BenRiach 1985) I can not miss Glendronach Single Cask 2002, which matured in Sauternes Hogshead.
Glendronach Distillery was founded in 1826, although illegal distillation took place here many years ago. Located on the threshold of Speyside region, Aberdeenshire, near Huntly. Four stills work there. After several changes in ownership and periodic suspension of production, in 2008 the distillery was acquired by the BenRiach Distillery, headed by Billy Walker.
Glendronach is well known of the use of large quantities of good quality sherry casks, yet this was a distillery’s hallmark.
GlenDronach edition prepared for the Tokyo International Bar Show & Whisky Live Tokyo 2013 was distilled in 2002 and bottled in February 2013, matured 10 years, including the final step in Sauternes Hogshead No. 2534, a total of 293 bottles were created, mine is No. 278, cask strength 55.1 % ABV, natural color and un-chillfiltered. It is worth noting that the Sauternes is French sweet wine from Sauternais in the Bordeaux region. Arises from strains of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.
I bought my bottle in the Japanese store: maltcity.jp.
C: dark gold,
N: sweet, raisins, Christmas cake, a bit of milk chocolate, then something fruity begins, dried apricots, nectarines, bananas, water enhances the aromas, there is a hint of flowers and vanilla,
T: begins with a sour note, then there is pepper and 55.1% ABV, further – sweet, raisins, almonds, with minimal touch of wood, a bit of water calms down the alcohol, opens all listed flavors and gives creamy feeling,
F: quite long sweet with fruits.
This single malt needs adding a little water, alcoholic strength is reflected by drinking neat. After pourning a few drops of water whisky opens up and puts the power of alcohol into the background but it still remains warming up.