Woa mama! 40-year-old Glendronach with a colour that’s darker than a black steer’s tookus on a moonless prairie night! Glendronach was founded in 1826. From the start, the distillery has had a strong connection to sherry casks. Founder James Allardice was a pioneer of sherry cask maturation, and the legend even goes that the distillery’s front room is haunted by a Spanish lady who came over in a sherry cask! Over the years, Glendronach has build up an impressive stock of maturing sherry casks, allowing them to release exceptional single cask bottlings such as this Glendronach 40 Years Old Single Cask 1971 Cask #1436. The whisky was distilled on 25 February 1971 and matured in Pedro Ximinez puncheon #1436 for 40 long years. 583 bottles were filled in July 2011. On the nose, Glendronach 40 Years Old Single Cask 1971 Cask #1436 has aromas of dried fruits, orange marmalade, dates, tobacco, leather, dark chocolate, nutmeg and clove. The palate is oily, sweet and nutty with dried fruits, prunes, honey, apricot, mocha, dark chocolate, orange, cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish is very long and warming with hints of leather, smoke and spices.