Glendronach Distillery announces the launch of a new limited release Master Vintage

A popular highland distillery has announced the launch of a new limited release 25-year-old single malt.

Published 21st Feb 2019
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Dubbed the 1993 Master Vintage, the latest expression from the GlenDronach Distillery, which specialises in sherry cask maturation, was created by Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie, who hand-selected Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks exclusively from 1993.

These were then used to create, what the experienced whisky maker describes as a "marriage of exceptional richness and complexity".

Inspired by the fact that many of the casks laid down in 1993 have received high praise from malt connoisseurs and been acknowledged as of an "excellent vintage",
Dr Barrie said: “With a quarter of a century slowly maturing in our renowned Andalucían casks, The GlenDronach Master Vintage 1993 Aged 25 Years has developed profound layers of depth and complexity, leading to an exceedingly long, voluptuous and memorable finish.

"Fans of The GlenDronach’s traditional Highland Single Malt can expect rich brandy-laced fruitcake on the nose, cocoa-dusted coffee and sultana brioche on the palate and lingering pecan toffee notes in the finish.

"I hope sherry cask connoisseurs around the world enjoy The GlenDronach 1993 Master Vintage, as an example of the finest sherry cask maturation.”

The GlenDronach Master Vintage 1993 Aged 25 Years is bottled at 48.2% ABV,
and is non-chill filtered and will be available to purchase from non-US specialist retailers worldwide from February and in the US from October with an RRP of £250.

Distiller's Tasting Notes:

Glendronach Master Vintage

Appearance: Mahogany with a golden walnut hue.

Nose: Rich brandy-laced fruitcake and marzipan on a base of smoked walnut and toasted sultana bread.

Taste: Sip cocoa-dusted coffee and sultana brioche enlivened by a twist of baked orange rind and the juiciness of prune oil.

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Finish: Savour the long velvet taste of rich cocoa and dates as pecan toffee lingers into the sumptuous finish.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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