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Making A Drama Out Of A Special GlenDronach Dram
22/9/2010

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 currently sponsoring.

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).

Jimmy Cairns (left) with GlenDronach’s Alistair Walker, after buying the 1993 bottle, with Alan McConnachie’s cask in the background.

 

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