Peated Single Malt
GlenDronach // Highlands, Scotland
Say what you want about Billy Walker's reign at the GlenDronach Distillery, the spirit of innovation is present here in this first peated expression of GlenDronach malt in recent memory. At one point in Scotch's history, all of Scotland's malts, including those on the mainland, were dried with peat, imparting the earthy, smoky flavors associated with Islay whiskies. However, the rise of coal and the Highlands' connection to the railways ostensibly ended this practice on the mainland (aside from a few stalwarts), whereas the inaccessible distilleries of the islands continued to malt with peat. This GlenDronach harkens back to that tradition. This peated malt spends its primary maturation in ex-bourbon, before being transferred to ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for finishing. Bottled at 46% ABV, this malt is non-chill-filtered and contains no added coloring.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask TypeEx-Bourbon, Finished in Ex-Oloroso Sherry & Ex-Pedro Ximenez Sherry
"This is like a sweet smoky chewing candy. The nose displays earthy peat, honey, mulled wine, and spiced dark chocolate. The palate gives you the sweet creamy center right away which goes quite well with more honey. Next the outer layers reveal themselves with tropical fruit and chewy peat. The finish has lovely smoked spices, though they trail off quickly. Like a lot of candy this is a little short-lived but leaves you wanting another."