Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry Oloroso and PX
Added coloring: No
Owner: Brown Forman Corporation (BenRiach)
Average price: € 65.00
Official website: www.glendronachdistillery.com
When I started this blog, I did it with the intention of adding to the pool of whisky reviews available online a “layman” point of view, of a neophyte who has a great passion for this distillate but who cannot boast of being a grand connoisseur nor provide a detailed analysis of every single dram.
In approaching a whisky, as with any food product, everyone brings into play their own preferences, their own idiosyncrasies, so if it is true that there are objective qualitative elements, if aniseed makes you sick, it’s unlikely that you will ever appreciate a sambuca.
All this preamble to say that if you don’t like very sweet and cherry flavours, a high-quality sherried will always and in any case suck.
Which may well be the case with GlenDronach, a distillery known precisely for its bottlings aged in ex-Sherry casks, which the new ownership has made a very recognisable mark on since its purchase by BenRiach in 2008.
In short, if you like sherried, you’ll never go wrong with them.
This is the seventh edition of the bottling, reading the reviews of the previous ones it would seem that the quality has gone slightly downhill from batch to batch. Not being able to compare, I take note, hoping to get a chance to try the others as well.
An elegant dark amber (or, if you prefer, deep gold) illuminates the glass as soon as the whisky is poured: the appearance is immediately oily and inviting.
On the nose, needless to say, the profound influence of the former Sherry casks (the Pedro Ximénez is the master) immediately arrives, together with vanilla, caramel and sultanas. Warm, enveloping, buttery aromas with a hint of citrus. The alcohol is there but not noticeable.
On the palate, the alcohol is a little tingling but this is immediately compensated for by the sweetness of the ripe fruit, with citrus fruits alongside figs, peaches, a very summery aroma: it gives you the idea of the scents you smell when you are near fruit trees in July. A hint of spice (nutmeg), cream cake, butter biscuits. Softer than on the nose, enveloping, sumptuous, sweet without being cloying, thanks also to the balance given by the alcohol content which avoids the overflowing of sherried.
In the finish, sultanas and vanilla remain, together with a light woody note and a general sensation of warmth.
An excellent sherried, balanced despite having chosen barrels that are not exactly shy, which will please the sweetest palates. As I said at the beginning, it’s difficult to please those who don’t like the genre, and perhaps in the long run it’s a dram that might get you tired of it not being particularly complex and layered, but it delivers what it promises: try it in the middle of Winter, perhaps, to recapture warm memories of Summer.