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Highlander Inn 2010 Single Cask Bottling ~ GlenDronach

Our latest bottling, was released on 26th February 2011....... and was sold out by 9th March 2011!

The tenth edition of our annual "Single Cask Bottlings" is a lovely Pedro Ximinez cask from GlenDronach in the Eastern Highlands.

Cask Number 1038 was distilled at GlenDronach on Wednesday 9th January 1985. It was selected from several cask samples at a nosing and tasting with Duncan, Tatsuya and Rachel.

It is an Official Distillery Bottling and we are very grateful for the help and co-operation given to us by all the folks at GlenDronach Distillery Company Ltd, specifically Alistair Walker, Billy Walker and Jim Love.

It was bottled on Tuesday 14th December 2010 at the natural cask strength of 52.9% alc/vol. A winter distillation and a winter bottling - obviously our label had to reflect this!! I can't guartantee that January 1985 was wintry, but certainly 14th December 2010 was! 316 bottles were produced (700ml).

Maggie Riegler of the Greenhall Gallery, here in Craigellachie, was again commissioned to paint a picture specifically for the front label which reflects the wintry conditions that we had at the time.

Our true friend, the original Michael Jackson ~ "Beer Hunter, Whisky Chaser" ~ always wrote the tasting notes for each bottling of ours until his untimely demise in 2007. From 2008 onwards, we decided to invite a different person each year to write the tasting notes for us. The criteria is that they must have a great reputation, and truly respected throughout the whole "whisky world".

In 2008 we were delighted that Hideo Yamaoka, Japan's foremost Malt Scotch Whisky "otaku" and the translator of Michael's books into Japanese wrote the notes for our bottling of Highland Park.

John Hansell, the creator, Publisher, and Editor of "Malt Advocate", the USA’s leading magazine for the whisky enthusiast agreed to write his comments for our 2009 bottling of Bowmore.

For this 2010 bottling we're very honoured that

Serge Valentin

has agreed to give us his comments for the back label.

Living in the Alsace Region of France, Serge is one of the most prolific whisky aficionados on the internet.

Since 2002 he has been a member of the Malt Maniacs and is partly responsible for updating the monstrous Malt Monitor - the cross reference for all whiskies ever tasted by all maniacs - as well as organizing the distribution of samples for the annual Malt Maniacs Awards.

Serge has published all tasting notes and scores for the whiskies sampled by him on his website WhiskyFun.com where Nick Morgan has also intermingled concert reviews.

As always, included with each bottle is a unique Certificate of Ownership with the same number as the bottle, that can be framed and hung on your study / office / drawing room wall.

Again, each label has been painstakingly applied to each bottle individually and then hamd numbered by Duncan Elphick ~ so it really is a personal bottling with none of this automatic labeling & numbering!

It was available to purchase by the bottle (700ml) at £125.00 but is still available by the nip in our bar (25ml) at £13.50.