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GlenDronach 33 yr. old returns, GlenDronach 31 yr. old debuts

August 27th, 2010

It’s nice to see Glendronach 33 year old back on the market, along with this new 31 year old “Grandeur”.  The 33 year old is nice, and I’m looking forward to comparing it to the 31 year old. It’s nice to see the higher strength on the 31 year old (although perhaps not the higher price).

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Preiss Imports, The Nation’s leading importer of specialty spirits announces the new release of GlenDronach 31 year old, Grandeur, the new super-premium expression.

Aged 31 years, bottled at cask strength and housed in a stunning wooden gift box, Grandeur is the first new release of 2010. The nose has a tremendous concentration of fruits, nuts and berries enveloped in a coffee and mocha glaze; and subtle sweet sherry notes interact beautifully with sticky date pudding aromas. The palate offers big and gusty flavors with perfect balance and refinement. Initial spiced orange and rich old Oloroso sherry are met mid-palate with roasted almonds, coffee and treacle. This is a rewarding, memorable and captivating GlenDronach expression for a very special occasion.

Item Information:
45.8% ABV – 750ml – $700.00 Retail
Now Available / Limited Quantity, 60 2-pack cases for US market

Regarded by many as one of the distilleries greatest releases, GlenDronach 33 year old is back. Matured in the finest Spanish Oloroso sherry casks it is rich mahogany in color, viscous and syrupy. The nose is huge and aromatic with a combination of sweet stewed fruits, nuts and chocolate. The palate displays real elegance of spiced fruits drizzled in bitter chocolate sauce leading into walnut cake and mocha. GlenDronach 33 year old is a masterful dram which pleases the most jaded of palates.

Item Information:
40% ABV – 750ml – $379.99 Retail
Now Available / Limited Quantity, 50 6-pack cases for US market

6 Responses to “GlenDronach 33 yr. old returns, GlenDronach 31 yr. old debuts”

  1. Rick Duff says:

    The 33YO sounds lovely. At over $25/serving it will never cross my lips.. but it sounds stunning!

  2. DavidG says:

    Look around a little bit – the 33 is still in circulation at its original $250 dollar price. I saw it in Binnys less than two weeks ago at that price point.

  3. I think plenty of people will soon be watching the BenRiach Distillery Co.’s space. For any Belgian readers, they shall be repeating their Cask in A Van tour of the country late next month with a whole cask of GlenDronach to be bottled by the public themselves in-situ. As well as the single cask (2002 ex-Bourbon) there will be samples of the standard range. With plainly an impressive amount of stock for both BenRiach and GlenDronach, it is great to see that there is the right crowd of imaginative people behind these two previously neglected distilleries. With the new VC and distillery-only bottling, I’m kicking myself that circumstances conspired against my trip to GlenDronach.

  4. MARS says:

    It is possible to find these bottles for much cheaper in europe!
    I have the two bottles but didn’t try yet.
    I think it’s a little bit expensive but the packaging is really nice.

  5. sam k says:

    That gift box looks like a skyscraper next to the bottle!

  6. mongo says:

    the glen ord 30 comes in a box that’s 1/2 as large again as the bottle as well. but it’s not wood, and the whisky itself is far cheaper.

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