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: € 160.00
Official website: www.glendronachdistillery.com
After a long time, GlenDronach returns to these pages, and does so with the oldest whisky in its core range, a 21-year-old with a grandiose name.
As already mentioned in the review of Cask Strength, this distillery is characterised by the (almost) exclusive use of casks that have contained Sherry, whether Oloroso or Pedro Ximénez, and for this reason it may not meet the taste of many, who have had enough of sherried (but there are more who can’t stand Port finishes!).
While many will not care much, I would like to describe my approach to writing these articles.
Having researched and reported the information on the chosen bottling, I always write in real time, staying close to the PC on which I write down sensations and impressions as I smell and taste the whisky.
After writing everything directly in the draft, I reorder the impressions in a readable way, I look for some news for the preamble of the article and, finally, I look for other reviews on the same bottle, in Italian and in English, to add in the queue.
Since the articles are written well in advance of their publication, I pick up the whisky (whether bottle or advanced sample) after a while and try them again to see if the impressions have changed.
Why did I feel the need to explain this to you now? It will become clear at the end of the review…
Caramel in the glass, all natural.
The nose is invaded by fortified Sherry, with a background of liquorice and rhubarb. Dried figs, sultanas, milk chocolate… the nose sinks into a sea of elegant sweetness, full-bodied and structured. In the long run, it exudes a persuasive aroma of wood.
And it ‘s precisely the wood that comes up first on the palate, leaving a trail as it runs across the tongue, overtaken almost immediately by sherried and vinous notes, again with a hint of rhubarb to dampen the sweetness. Chilli and almonds join the company, with chocolate turning to dark, and more dried fruit. A touch of amaretto and cinnamon. Far from a simple drink, the tasting deserves time and attention to grasp the nuances, certainly not what you would call a daily dram.
The finish is not very long, of wood, spices, dried fruit.
Intriguing and with a certain elegance, age has certainly benefited the distillate, making it rich and structured.
Reading other reviews (and here’s the reason for all the nonsense about how I write these articles), I notice that many have clearly perceived hints of coffee, which I didn’t: how beautiful is this variety and richness as each lives in our favourite distillate?
The Whiskey Wash