GlenDronach Peated Port Wood Finish (70cl, 46%)
The exclusive release of The GlenDronach Peated Port Wood, a rare example of Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, made in the ‘old style’, from malted barley dried with Highland peat.
Inspired by the historical import of casked port into Scotland during the nineteenth century, the peated spirit has undergone a final maturation in the finest port pipes, from the Douro Valley in Portugal. The GlenDronach whisky maker hand-selected and expertly combined these port pipes, to create this seasonal expression.
The GlenDronach Peated Port Wood is bottled at 46% ABV, non chill filtered and of natural colour.
Released in 2017, this non-age statement bottling and was created using peated malt as an homage to the traditional methods used by James Allardice. The distillery operated its own maltings until its closure in the 1990s, a small proportion of which was peated even then, and can often be detected in its pre-1996 vintages.
Glendronach was built in 1826 by James Allardice, and rebuilt following a fire in 1852 by an individual named Walter Scott (although not the one you might be thinking of). It eventually passed into the hands of perhaps Scotland's greatest distilling dynasty, the Grant's of Glenfiddich. Charles, the youngest son of William Grant procured the then-silent distillery from the government in 1920, and it remained in the family until they sold it to Wm. Teacher 40 years later. The Grant's and Teacher's were early champions of the single malt category, and distillery bottlings of Glendronach were produced for most of the 20th century until it was mothballed by Allied Distillers in 1996. The distillery was revived in 2002, and has since become one of the strongest single malt brands in the world.