As you know, there’s a new line of GlenDronach whiskies coming out. There’s also a new line of single cask GlenDronach whiskies which I have already blogged about here.
I’ve been getting emails asking if, and when, these whiskies will be heading to the U.S., so I asked Alistair Walker if he could fill me in on the details. Here’s the scoop, in his own words:
Unfortunately these won’t be available in the US, as when we selected these casks we hadn’t finalised details re representation of GlenDronach in the US market. So the 1st 5 GlenDronach Single Casks will be sold in 70cl bottles in the UK, Europe, South Africa and Asia Pacific.
For info, I can advise the typical retail prices in the UK will be as follows:
1971 # 483 – £359.99
1972 # 719 – £339.99
1992 # 1140 – £62.99
1993 # 523 – £62.99
1996 # 193 – £47.99
However, the good news is that in the last week we finalised our arrangements for GlenDronach in the US, the brand will be imported by Preiss Imports (also, as you know, our BenRiach importer), and you should start to see the new GlenDronach expressions – 12, 15 and 18YO – appearing in the US towards the end of the year. We have a tentative plan to look at some single cask GlenDronachs exclusively for the US in 2010.
Meantime there is one definite GlenDronach Single Cask scheduled for the US – Park Avenue Liquor Store in New York have an exclusive GlenDronach single cask bottling heading their way – it’s a 1989 vintage, cask 1900, distilled 9th November 1989, bottled July 2009, aged 19 years old, and the cask is an Oloroso Sherry Butt. It will leave the UK in August, so should be available from Oct / Nov – for more info you should contact Jonathan Goldstein at Park Ave – firstname.lastname@example.org .
Oh well, at least we’ll be getting the standard expressions later this year. And that 1989 vintage, 19 y/o heading to Pare Ave sounds pretty exciting.
(Ironically, one of the best Glendronach whiskies I ever tasted was a 19 year old that was sold in the U.S. for a limited time back in the 1990s, which I, once again, ironically, purchased at Park Ave Liquors. In fact, I still have a bottle.)