Re: Glendronach Single Cask
Hopefully the definitive on this one.
I spoke to Alistair Walker this morning at BenRiach / Glendronach. He was very helpful and explained the story.
Richard Parker approached the distillery last year wanting a single cask bottling. They agreed, offered him a selection of casks and he (with Jim Murray) subsequently decided that he wanted 2. They will be released as official dob, to Parker's only.
In terms of whisky, the casks are 'representive of the Glendronach distillery'.
The neck label will state that these are the first official single cask bottlings to be released for the UK market since the distillery was taken over by the new owners. They THINK it is a world first, ever, dob from the distillery, but are not absolutely sure.
The distillery will be releasing 5 single casks for the wider market immediately afterwards (possibly just 1 week later). This will go on general release to the various usual stockists. The pricing is TBC, however the vintages will include 71,72 and 3 from the 90's.
They are developing the Glendronach distillery visitors experience, and have tentative plans for a 'manager's cask'. This will be a 'fill your own bottle' available at the distillery only. I did suggest that a pre-bottled 'available at the distillery only' was perhaps a better alternative to consider. I think a couple more phone calls may be needed there. [I personally don't like the 'fill your own' thing - it's pretty naff, something my grandmother might enjoy].
Anyway, I hope that's definitive enough.
Exciting times there.