GlenDronach distillery has a cult following in the world of whisky. Revered under the ownership of the BenRiach Company (now acquired by US drinks giant Brown-Forman) the distillery is famed for the uber-classy sherry barrel maturation of its whiskies, but this is actually not a recent phenomenon. It was a skill that also flourished under previous owns Allied Distillers and William Teachers. This was made clear to me when I received a flight of 12 single cask, cask strength samples of whiskies from these earlier days in GlenDronach's history.
Twelve whiskies at cask strength - how should I go about tasting them? Did I need to taste them all in one session and would I actually be able to do that? Aware of the treat that had been lavished upon me I made plans to taste the whiskies in London with Keeper of the Quaich Cesar da Silva of London's Capital Hotel, and my friend and colleague Sarah Jane Evans MW, world authority on sherry, wine and chocolate (!) and with whom I had been trying to chat about sherry barrels and whisky for ages. Here is a brief summary of our most enjoyable morning together - and Cesar chose just 3 of the whiskies for us to taste, so I still have 9 more to try!