Visitors to the GlenDronach Distillery in Aberdeenshire this
autumn can now fill their own special bottle from the Distillery
Manager’s Cask...and amongst the first to do so was
the Stage Manager for a top theatre company GlenDronach is
Alan McConnachie has personally selected a cask for bottling - and people visiting
the distillery can take home a unique malt they have personally
decanted from the cask.
Alan has chosen a single cask GlenDronach (No. 564) distilled
in 1993, aged for 17 years in an Oloroso sherry cask and bottled
at cask strength 58.4% vol. Each bottle is hand-labelled by
the visitor, hand-numbered and signed by Alan. A record is
then kept in the Distillery Manager’s book.
He commented: “This is a superb expression from 1993.
Its appearance is startling – a pronounced red wood
glow with a rich gold edge. On the nose, earthy elements merge
with sweet fine oak aromas complemented with sweet cloves
and allspice. And on the palate, mocha and hazelnut influences
emerge, leading to a sweet rich finish. It’s spectacular.”
And one person who agrees with that is Jimmy Cairns, Stage
Manager for Falkirk-based Tryst Theatre. Tryst, former UK
and Scottish champions, travel around the UK performing their
plays to critical acclaim, and GlenDronach is delighted to
sponsor the club whose current production is the old favourite
by John Byrne, Cuttin’ a Rug.
Said Jimmy: “When my wife Kareen saw the Distillery
Manager’s Cask in the Visitor Centre, she immediately
said she was going to buy a bottle for my birthday. And I’m
very pleased she did, because when I got it home, I had a
quick sample – for quality control purposes of course
– and it's mouth-fillingly splendid. It’s a perfect
dram for those of us who like drama.”
The bottles are exclusively available from the GlenDronach
Visitor Centre at £66.99 per bottle (plus postage
and packing where applicable).