The tale behind the oldest bottle of whisky in The GlenDronach distillery’s library goes a little something like this: Before departing for battle at the outbreak of World War I in 1914, three close friends every single procured a bottle of 29-yr-old scotch whisky, agreeing to open up their bottles with each other on reuniting right after the war. Only one of the three returned house. Trying to keep his conclusion of the pact he by no means opened his bottle, and his family members later gifted it again to The Glendronach the place it had been distilled in 1884 and bottled just about three a long time later.
So when filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, franchise director of the Kingsman films, approached The GlenDronach Grasp Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie about collaborating on a particular restricted version whisky to mark the release of the most up-to-date installment in the series, she knew specifically the place she would attract inspiration. Set through WWI, The King’s Man sets out the origin tale of the Kingsman intelligence agency amid that era’s geopolitical upheaval. With the surviving soldier’s 1884 vintage whisky in mind, Barrie sought out 6 casks of similarly aged 29-yr-old liquid in The GlenDronach’s warehouses and established to work on a mix.
Advertising tie-ins are a humorous thing in whisky, as they can land anyplace on the spectrum from gimmicky interruptions at one conclusion to unanticipated and fortuitous sources of inspiration at the other. And though it is easy ample to brush a lot of of them aside as commercial stunts, there are plenty of occasions the place model-pushed particular editions have designed options for customers to—at the really least—experience an age statement, cask program, or mix from a distillery that they usually could not have (some of Diageo’s “Game of Thrones” releases occur to mind).
The GlenDronach Kingsman Version 1989 Vintage lands all the way at the “inspired” conclusion of this spectrum. It includes what is pretty much the final of the 1989 whisky left in The GlenDronach’s warehouses, Barrie claims, producing the approximately three,000 bottles made all the extra exceptional. And without the need of the impetus from the Kingsman tie-in and the inspiration from the soldier’s unopened WWI bottle, we most likely wouldn’t have seen this otherworldly liquid occur to market.
The outcome of these stars aligning is one of those bottles that some customers will shrug off and for which many others will clamor (collectors mostly, but also any individual cognizant of the good heights to which The GlenDronach and Barrie can go). Each little bit of the liquid in these 6 casks invested time in Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks in excess of the final three a long time, which means this whisky is deep, fruity, nutty, and rich. But from below, the way in which you explain a whisky of this age and caliber gets significantly less clear-cut.
You can speak about its aged copper hue or the way it absolutely clings to the glass when you swirl it. There are the aromas of purple fruits and dark berries on the nose that equilibrium neatly in opposition to the earthier and nuttier notes of cedar and walnut—notes that evoke a little something like nibbling on a heat, fruit-loaded pastry though taking a wintertime stroll in the woods. Then there are the flavors: fig, raisin, dark berries—a astonishing total of vibrant fruitiness for a whisky that is invested this significantly time in barrels—alongside the balanced nuttiness of pecans, hazelnuts, and walnuts, tailing bit by bit off into dark fruit and tobacco.
But what is genuinely amazing in a whisky like this is the integration that you just can’t fake both your whisky has invested three a long time maturing in a variety of Spanish sherry casks or it hasn’t, and there is no substitute for both time or specialist cask management. The complexity and depth of character in this bottle stems from a amazing commingling of the The GlenDronach’s signature sherry-derived flavors, furnishing a little something rich and multifaceted that even so performs like a very well-rehearsed orchestra on the palate.
Most customers who fall $1,300 on this really old, really restricted, and really outstanding release will most likely want to keep it in their collections. The base line: This whisky is consuming superbly appropriate now.
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