In the Scotch industry, many liquids are ripened in the wake of sherry – large 500-liter barrels, which were previously filled with the famous fortified wine of Spain. Along the way, these malts tend to extract the richness of the nut, with flavors of dark chocolate, fruit, leather, and even touches of tobacco. If whiskey is particularly expressive of these observations, it will be considered “cherry bomb. And whiskey lovers tend to go for things. None of this is news to you if you’re a fan of The GlenDronach. Legendary malt maker for Scottish Highlands He is revered for his generous stock. And the latest limited edition, Grandeur Batch 11, is nothing short of explosive.
“Grandeur Batch 11 is an unparalleled selection of the finest aromas and character from the ripening of masterful Spanish oak casks,” according to master blender Rachel Barry. It offers a symphony of sherry aromatics intertwined with dark manuka
Honey, toasted almonds and walnuts. It’s intense and full-bodied, like The GlenDronach’s signature, with a spike of black cherry and espresso adorning every shot. “
Now, you’d probably think she’s a bit biased given that she made the stuff and is at least partially responsible for selling it. But Barry really isn’t exaggerating here. This is truly a wonderful specimen, which sends your senses on a journey. The sugar plum fairies flutter toward your nose as you pour them. On the palate, he confidently announces all the characteristic features of the dark fruit of the style of the house. It is then hung at the back of the mouth with roasted espresso and the warm spice of tobacco leaves.
Packed with 48.9% ABV, it is equally versatility and stability. To find that balance, Barry has amassed a cadre of some of its best drums – matured for at least 28 years in either Pedro Zimenez’s heels or Olroso’s sherry butts.
The resulting sapphire juice is also fun to look at, as it sits in individually numbered jars, sealed with golden wax. It is currently available in the US market at a suggested retail price of $800 per bottle.
If you use sherry bombs, you’ll want to grab these bombs before they explode. As you’ve gathered from the release name, this is the eleventh time we’ve seen Grandeur in the distillery’s 196-year history.
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