This Glendronach single malt was aged in Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks for 21 years in the distillery's own cellars.
No chill filtration for this very old whisky, in order to preserve all the aromas.
Tasting note from Thomas
The nose begins by presenting the characteristic Glendronach style, with a nice density. One naturally perceives tanned leather, black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry), red fruits (raspberry cream, cranberries). The wine then moves on to balsamic vinegar, walnut tending towards rancio, dark chocolate and lacquered wood. In addition to the aromatic diversity, it is good to note that this is not a whisky that is carried by sugar.
Aeration tends to melt the aromas, adding here and there new scents. A touch of violet, pine honey, some herbs (verbena, rosemary), menthol and olive bread promise a nice tasting. With patience, mocha, chocolate and sweet spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) make a noticeable arrival.
A slight dilution allows the arrival of many oranges and some dried apricots.
The mouth is perfectly calibrated. Indeed, one feels a quietude in the expression without lacking personality. From an aromatic point of view, the leather is more in the background and lets liquid honey, precious wood, mocha, chocolate, but also a beautiful fruity palette come through. This one starts with red and black fruits (blackberry, blueberry, crushed raspberries) to arrive on dried fruits (dates, walnut fat). One even discovers a touch of passion in the middle of this rather sweet mouth.
The dilution brings again oranges and a more marked roasting. Similarly, the wood is more present.
The finish is narrower but still rich. Thus, we find red and black fruit jams. At the same time, minty freshness, spices (white pepper, cinnamon) and precious wood provide the necessary contrast. However, the whole remains well coated.
" A sherry caskwhisky of the highest order interms of finesse and complexity..."