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GlenDronach Highlands Region Scotland

GlenDronach The Hielan’ 8yo

Review of GlenDronach The Hielan', the distillery's 8 year old.

Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 46%
Ageing barrells: Ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Brown Forman Corporation (BenRiach)
Average price: € 39.00
Official website: www.glendronachdistillery.com
Vote: 83/100

Introduced to the distillery’s core portfolio in 2015, this The Hielan’ (meaning Highlands in the local dialect) is currently the youngest of the bunch, not including NAS of course.
It’s also the only whisky to have been matured not exclusively in ex-Sherry casks, perhaps to balance the aromas given the short ageing.

Will it be true? I’ll have to drink it to find out…

Gold with amber highlights in the glass.
The nose is predominantly sherried, with prunes, black cherries, milk chocolate, nutmeg and a touch of liquorice. Butter biscuits. The yeast is very present, almost like smelling freshly made dough. Young, simple, but pleasant.
And it’s the malt that makes itself felt very much on the palate, always full of yeast, and brings with it herbaceous scents and quite a bit of almonds. Liquorice, a hint of ginger, vanilla. Pain au chocolat and a touch of lemon. Full-bodied, sweet but not cloying.
The finish is medium to long, of bread, almonds and liquorice with an undercurrent of wood.

Young but already with clear ideas, he is in primary school but has chosen which faculty to go to for university. GlenDronach’s skill can also be seen here, the ability to make a young whisky interesting and tasty in any case, with a personality of its own in which the flaws of the lack of maturation become merits.

Other bottlings in the blog:
GlenDronach Allardice 18yo
GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7
GlenDronach Original 12yo
GlenDronach Parliament 21yo

Other perspectives:
The Scotch Noob

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