Review: GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 11 28 Years Old

Review: GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 11 28 Years Old

GlenDronach’s Grandeur releases keep hitting the market, with Batch 11 one of the oldest it’s ever dropped. The 28 year old bottling is, like Batch 10, drawn from a small number of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks in which the whisky has been fully matured, not finished.

There’s quite a similarity between this release and the prior bottling, and my tasting notes bear a strong resemblance to that release. The old, well-oxidized sherry character is fully on display here, and my guess is there’s more PX in this release than there is Oloroso. The nose is intense: toasted nuts, coffee beans, leather, and tea left overnight to concentrate at the bottom of a cup. On the palate, I expected a surprising sweetness kicks things off, evoking coffee with sugar, brandied cherries, and a light touch of toasted coconut. Nutty, leathery, and intense on the finish. The overall complexion is akin to one of those coffee-laced dessert drinks that are invariably hard to put down — I know I had trouble doing so. The finish is sharp with sherry notes and flamed citrus peel elements that grow stronger the longer the whisky spends in the glass. All told I think the dial might be pushed a bit too far toward PX this time around, but it’s hard to complain to vigorously about a whisky this exuberant and expressive.

97.8 proof.

A- / $800

GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 11 28 Years Old




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

1 Comment

  1. Phil on November 11, 2022 at 7:43 am

    And yet you gave it a minus… ?

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