Scotch is a whisky that has a wide variety of styles and flavors, which I unfortunately don’t have the time to get into here. But, this is what you need to know. There are five regions in Scotland which produce whiskies: Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside; and there are five styles of Scotch: blended grain, blended malt, blended Scotch, single grain and single malt.
GSN has reviewed several Scotches over the years including: Aberlour, Auchentoshan, BenRiach, Bowmore, Cutty Sark, Glendronach, Glenrothes, Glen Garioch, Laphroaig, Monkey Shoulder, Pig’s Nose and Sheep Dip.
If you’re looking to try a Scotch cocktail, GSN recommends the classic, Blood and Sand.
Glendronach was only the second distillery to legally make whisky after the Excise Act of 1823 was passed. Founded in 1826, it is located in the Speyside district of Scotland. Most of the grain is grown on the distillery’s farms and the water used in fermentation comes from the Dronac stream that flows through the grounds. It’s a self-sufficient system, as they do their own floor maltings and utilize two wash stills along with two spirit stills. Interestingly, they also use the only extant coal-fired furnaces in all of Scotland to heat the stills.
The Glendronach Tawny Port 15 Year Old (92 proof)
Nose: Quite wine-like with just a touch of smoked malt.
Taste: Elegant, light, feminine and remarkably unique amongst any Scotch whiskies I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. There’s a fruity, semi-strawberry flavor that brings to mind a sparkling rosé wine.
Finish: Long and lingering with much of the port character creating a lasting impression.
Overall: This is almost an entirely unique product. There is such an intense presence of Port here, that it has transcended the whisky category altogether.
GSN Rating: A
The Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 2 (100-120 proof)
Visual: Dark gold.
Nose: Hearth fire and toasted multi-grain loaf.
Taste: Hearty, rich and intensely Scottish. Not overly smoked though. Chewy and bread-like with a creamy mouthfeel.
Finish: Warming and a bit like sitting in front of a crackling fire on a winter’s day. You will feel like you have been transported back in time to a simpler era where life was worth savoring.
Overall: A great cask strength whisky. Just a few drops of branch water will open this up into a fantastic world of lusciousness.
GSN Rating: A
For more information go to: The Glendronach