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Archive Glendronach Cask Strengths from the Batch series

A strong sherry influence, hefty proof and an attractive price tag are features of what has become one of Glendronach’s trusty staples. Created to compete with the likes of Aberlour A'bunadh, the Batch releases showcase how Glendronach's heavy, oily spirit stands up to the rich characteristics derived from two kinds of sherry casks: Pedro Ximénez, which imparts sweet dried fruit flavours, and Oloroso which brings an off-dry dry nuttiness. The key is the balancing of the casks - hence these whiskies are known to vary from batch to batch and lend themselves to side-by-side tasting. Stewart Buchanan, Global Malts Ambassador for Brown Forman explains, "There’s huge variation within each style [of cask]... oloroso casks, for example, are slightly temperamental in that you never quite know what they’ll give you. Two vintages could give you a colour of tea or coca cola, but I love this variance because it gives Dr Barrie a wider palette to play with. If she wants to create a whisky that demonstrates more distillery character, she can go to the lighter side of the oloroso scale. That’s where the craft is in The GlenDronach cask strength batches, balancing the oloroso parts first and then understanding how the PX works to that foundation."

As with similar styles, we recommend you let these whiskies open up in the glass before enjoying them - often the longer the better. And no need to worry about the lack of an age statement - you’re getting a lot of whisky for the money. All come at natural cask strength without chill filtration, as was the custom before the turn of the 20th century.