Our Day 23 whisky is the first ever peated offering of Glendronach single malt, and a new core range release for the distillery. Billy Walker and his team at BenRiach Distillery Co. have made hay with their peated expressions of BenRiach. It was a logical extension to make a peated version of Glendronach too. It isn’t old, BenRiach Distillery Co. only bought the Glendronach distillery in 2008, so this whisky isn’t likely to be older than 6 or 7 years. But don’t let that get in your way. Other peated malts like Kilchoman have shown well at as young as 3 years. It all comes down to the quality of the spirit Bottled at 46% without colouring or chill-filtering. The whisky porduced from peated malt, was matured in Ex-Bourbon before finishing in Oloroso and PX sherry. In some ways it is a style, more true to what the distillery would have first produced in 1826, than that which they produce today!
A big change at Glendronach and the BenRiach Distillery Co. occurred earlier this year, when Brown Forman, owners of Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve, made a play for the BenRiach Distillery Co. In a deal worth £285 million BenRiach Distillery Co., the plucky independent whisky firm who owned BenRiach, Glendronach and Glenglassaugh distilleries, was acquired by Brown Forman. For the time-being Brown Forman has left the Scottish team in charge of the distillery and its operations. The hope is that it will be business as usual for three of the most interesting distilleries in Scotland. It is my sincere hope that the Canadian distribution will remain in the hands of Authentic Wine & Spirits, who’ve done a marvelous job with the brands.
Glendronach on It’s Heritage and Traditions: “As was the case in 1826, The GlenDronach Distillery patiently matures its single malt whisky in superior quality sherry casks. Our distilling methods may be old-fashioned, but we prefer to look on them as handcrafted techniques created through nearly 200 years of tradition. From the germination of the barley to the flow of the purest middle cuts of distilled spirit, every step in the GlenDronach journey is taken with meticulous care and immaculate timing. Our malt mill, glistening copper mash tun and traditional wooden washbacks form part of a vigorous but carefully attended process. Our elegant copper pot stills distil and re-distil the richest spirit which is then filled into the finest casks and left patiently maturing in our warehouses. Nearly 70% of the flavour in whisky is derived from the cask it has been matured in. Wood’s important, which is why we adopt a ‘no compromise’ approach when choosing our world renowned sherry casks to enrich our whisky. Over the years of extended maturation, these carefully seasoned casks help create the unique richly sherried style that GlenDronach is famous for.”
Glendronach Peated – 46% – Matured in Ex-Bourbon before finishing in Oloroso and PX Sherry – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: honey, Glosette raisins and hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick by the peat fire; juicy malt and clean smoke with marmalade and green grasses. Palate: very honeyed, more dark fruits: Glosette raisins and prosciutto warp figs with date bars; only a hint of smoke at the start but successive waves bring phenols and gradually build up the strength of the peat; still very juicy and malty, the smoke is clean and ashy, not unlike BenRiach’s with late soft leather and tobacco adding weight. Finish: honey, malt, dark fruits and clean ashy smoke linger long. Comment: not as heavily peated in feel as the BenRiach Curiositas or most peated Islay whiskies, and a little bolder than that in standard Benromachs; the interplay between the sherry notes and the youthful moderately peated malt creates a fine balance! – $83