BTC sample 8 – GlenDronach 22, 55.1%

That colour! It makes me very curious whether or not this is delicious, or just overly strong sherry. Probably PX at that, as I’ve had before in some drams.

Sniff:

GlenDronach 22, PX cask, 55.1%

GlenDronach 22, PX cask, 55.1%, Image from Whiskybase

Big, fat sherry, which isn’t too surprising of course. Old dry orange, walnuts, Christmas cake but also furniture polish and leather arm chairs. I get a lot of alcohol, I guess above 60%.

Sip:
At first it is surprisingly gentle, but it starts burning after a few seconds before getting more mellow again. It doesn’t go too hot or alcoholic however. Sweet, lots of wood, lots of sherry. Very spicy or herbal with maybe some mint and definetly pepper. After about 15 minutes I get coffee notes as well.

Swallow:
Full, rich, sweet with a bitter note from the European oak. Leather with lots of spices, even marmite at some point. Very delicious.

My guess goes to GlenDronach with the only hint being that it’s a highland dram. I considered Glengoyne and Macduff, but Macduff isn’t spicy like this and Glengoyne is a bit more gentle I think. I pick something of above 60% (The Whisky Club’s 16 year old of a few years back).

It turns out to be a GlenDronach, single PX sherry cask at 55.1% ABV, 22 years old. So, 40 points for the distillery, nothing for the rest. But a damn great whisky. The sherry is on the brim of becoming overly powerful, but the whisky just keeps it in check. Available at Passie voor Whisky.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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