The GlenDronach 16 Year Old Boynsmill will be joining The GlenDronach 10 Year Old Forgue as the distillery’s second exclusive for Global Travel Retail. The GlenDronach 16 Year Old Boynsmill is a marriage of rich Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía, with the subtle influence of the finest port casks from the Douro Valley in Portugal.
The Boynsmill Estate, nestled in the Valley of Forgue, was established by James Allardice as the home for his GlenDronach distillery in 1826. It was here that Allardice discovered the rich depths of sherry cask maturation; marrying robust Highland spirit to Spanish cask, a tradition carried forward by The GlenDronach to this day.
The GlenDronach Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie said: “The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years celebrates the rich heritage of The GlenDronach, with a small number of casks hand-selected to showcase its robust and complex Highland character. Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks express the rich and full-bodied signature style of The GlenDronach, while port casks from the Douro Valley subtly influence the balance of fruit, recognisable in the ‘Valley of the Brambles’. ”
The GlenDronach Boynsmill is bottled at 46% ABV and is non-chill filtered and natural colour. It will be available to purchase from selected Travel Retail locations from May for around $115 (€103 / £88).
Distillery tasting notes
Nose: Fruit-led and complex. Plum pudding, cherry stone and apricot brandy with traces of nutmeg and sandalwood tempered by the sweetness of quince.
Taste: Exceedingly rich and fruity with baked apricot, cherry and plum skin in a fruitcake with orange and walnut cream.
Finish: Savour dates, apricot and walnut lingering into the rich velvet finish.