GLENDRONACH - 33 Year OldHighland Single Malt Whisky
The year was 1971 and it was a day like any other.
The locally grown barley had been hand turned on their malting floor. The kiln was drying the malt with their (still secret) combination of peat and coal before their ancient porteus mill ground the grist to their master distiller's satisfaction. If you walked in there today (2005) the same pine washbacks would be fermenting the wash and of course their 'ball' stills would be creating their unique Glendronach spirit before its 'long sleep' in the sherry casks. But something was different that day, the weather perhaps, the particular batch of Oloroso sherry butts. Who knows, perhaps it was a combination of them all. Whatever the reason this batch of Glendronach was quickly marked out as something very special.
What can be said is that sadly never again will we see the likes of this hand-made local Glendronach as today they have to source their barley from a wider area. This is truly history in a bottle. But what a bottle. 'The 33' is the finest expression of Glendronach ever made. The sherry butts have imparted their luscious flavour which is perfectly counter balanced by the classic fruitiness of the Glendronach spirit. The finish is long as you would expect, with that trademark hint of peat smoke that their kilns imparted all those years ago.
To celebrate 'The 33' they they have specially commissioned a circular wood enclosure, hand made with a hand finished lacquer exterior, with a colour that matches the deep red hue of its precious contents.
If you want to own and enjoy what Glendronach believe is the ultimate expression of a sherry matured, highland Scottish whisky from a bygone era, then we believe it is worth every penny.
It is only available in a very few selected outlets worldwide.