GlenDronach launches Traditionally Peated whisky

by Owen Bellwood

The GlenDronach Distillery has launched a peated expression of its Highland single malt Scotch whisky, called Traditionally Peated.

GlenDronach Traditionally Peated was created to honour the historical method of drying malted barley over burning peat, which would have been used by distillery founder James Allardice. The whisky uses spirit matured in pedro ximénez, oloroso Sherry and Port casks. Master blender Dr Rachel Barrie said: “The GlenDronach Traditionally Peated offers connoisseurs a rare opportunity to explore the distillery’s rich depths of Sherry cask maturation, whilst paying homage to the robust peat-smoked earthy character of the early 19th century, that James Allardice himself would likely have enjoyed. “This wonderfully complex single malt presents notes of Highland toffee, dark honey and coal-smoked barley. Burnt orange and treacle glide over the palate, on a base of cloves and smoked bramble. Liquorice and dark fruits linger and intensify into the rich and earthy finish.” Bottled at 48% ABV, GlenDronach Traditionally Peated is available to buy from select retailers with an RRP of £51 (US$66). The Highland Scotch whisky brand recently unveiled the 17th batch in its Cask Bottling programme, which includes single malt whiskies distilled between 1990 and 2007.