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You get the scoop


Just a few weeks ago I visited The Old Pipe in St. Oedenrode (The Netherlands). I had to be in town for some other business so why not drop in to this well respected whiskyshop? At that visit I left with a Gordon & MacPhail Reserve Glenturret, bottled in 2008 and a Glen Keith bottled by The Ultimate. I also decided then that I would surely visit this shop again. Especially when the owner told me a new Glendronach botteling was expected to arrive. 

The owner (Johan van Boxmeer) and I stayed in contact and in one of our chats he told me the bottles would arrive last thursday. "You get the scoop" he said. Time for me to return to The Old Pipe! Time to get me a Single Cask Glendronach, a different one then I already have in my collection that is. Not a Pedro Ximinez Puncheon but an Oloroso Sherry butt this time.


When I arrived at the shop, the bottles weren't even in the shelves yet. One bottle was open for customers so I tried a wee dram. The rich antique golden colour looks very inviting. The lovely nose floats from vanilla to sultanas and dried apricots as can be expected from an Oloroso butt. The taste provides the same sensation. Despite an ABV of 56,6% the Whisky is very smooth and friendly. Creamy vanilla at first but then the Oloroso Sherry notes take over. Dried fruits together with a hint of pepper ending in a lasting and slightly bitter finish of dark chocolat and coffee notes.

Johan told me that he had chosen this cask out of four casks samples provided by Glendronach. The cask was chosen because of it's special character. It was matured in refill Bourbon barrels before it was reracked in this Oloroso butt for further maturation. This second maturation period took more then three years and has resulted in a lovely complex of Bourbon ánd Sherry notes. In my opinion it was a very good choice to have this cask bottled! I'll absolutely enjoy this one!


  • The Glendronach
  • Single Cask 2003
  • Cask 5552, bottled for The Old Pipe
  • distilled 16/09/2003
  • bottled 16/02/2015
  • 638 bottles.

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