Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 8

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It’s around this time of year, when autumn starts to hover on the horizon, that Glendronach releases its annual cask strength offering. This year is no different, and this staple of the range is now on its 8th batch. Matured for ten years in a combination of PX and oloroso puncheons, butts and quarter casks, and bottled at a rather punchy 61%, this is a no-holds-barred sherry-lover’s delight.

Master Blender, Dr. Rachel Barrie said: “The Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 8 is incredibly rich and full-bodied, the result of years of slow maturation in Pedro Ximénez puncheons, quarter casks and Oloroso sherry butts. Casks were individually selected, combined and bottled at natural cask strength to deliver maximum character and depth. I hope the most discerning palates will sip, savour and appreciate the full-bodied character of Cask Strength Batch 8.”


Glendronach Cask Strength
Batch 8
PX & Oloroso Puncheons, Butts & Quarter Casks
61% ABV
£62 RRP

Nose: Very dark chocolate, crushed black peppercorn, dark treacle, blackcurrant cordial, buttered sultana cake, charred twigs and cinnamon stick.

Palate: Holy smokes, the spice is immediate, and it’s almost overwhelming – chili heat, pepper, cinnamon, clove and lots of drying tannins. There’s some chocolate covered cherries, sticky raisins, roasted nuts, liquorice, mahogany, and coffee grounds too.

Finish: Very drying, with thick oak, black tea, leather and unlit cigar.

Overall: Well, it may just be the higher than normal ABV, but bugger me that’s a spicy dram. Yes, the nose is big, but the palate totally blew me away. I added a touch of water and the spice died down and allowed more of the sweet, nutty, earthy, dried fruit notes to come through, but at cask strength, this is a brute. Much more so than any of the previous Cask Strength batches. But d’ya know what, I kinda like it. It’s exactly what I expect from heavily sherried, 60%+ liquid. A full on, in your face, assault of flavour, sensation and texture. Try it. Go on. I dare you.



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