GSN Review: GlenDronach Whisky

Nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills, is The GlenDronach, one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. The GlenDronach is a true Highland style: perfect for slow aging in Spanish sherry oak. At The GlenDronach Distillery, they have continued the tradition of its founder James Allardice since 1826, by aging their Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky in Spanish Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía, Spain. Its warehouses have been guarded for nearly 200 years by a parliament of rooks who love The GlenDronach so much they try to nest in its warehouses. The distillery folk believe as long as the rooks remain at the distillery, it will be good for the whisky.

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old – Quite fruity on the nose with a caramel apple signature. The palate is sweet with still more apple character. The finish has an autumnal quality of raisins and a wood. GSN Rating: A-

The GlenDronach 15 Year Old – This carries on with the fruitiness, with an apple cake nose. Notes of preserved fruits add a touch of festivity. The flavor is amazingly rich and thick with dried fruit, but also adds some cocoa and cinnamon stick as high notes. The finish has a fruit cake-like fade out. GSN Rating: A

The GlenDronach 18 Year Old – Here, we are getting into heavy sherry territory on the nose, but tinged with a fine edge of aged rum as well. This is almost tropical in character. More of the fruitcake and cocoa are apparent here, with that curious rum character coming out to play. Rich and fulsome, with interesting high notes of berry preserves at the very end. If you like your whisky sweet, this is a masterpiece. GSN Rating: A+

The GlenDronach 21 Year Old – Very complex with a somewhat musty sherry nose. Darker notes of coffee bean and walnut bitters add to the intrigue. The flavor has the expected sweetness, but this is remarkably tempered by the amount of wood that has been infused over two decades. Over the finish, notes of dark cherry, pecan and bitter chocolate bring the journey to a close. GSN Rating: A

The GlenDronach Port Wood – Here again, the fruit forward nose is apparent with dried fig, date, raisin and current. The overall taste is of berries, chocolate, and plenty of oak. A delicate balance between these two elements passes back and forth. A dry and slightly creosote character brings things to a fine finish. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: GlenDronach Distillery


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