I’m starting to be a right GlenDronach addict. Quite weird for someone who generally says he prefers bourbon casks. Also, I’ve never really tasted those really old and expensive ones. Usually I stall around the early nineties and everything older than that is out of my budgetary league.
This, of course, is a standard bottling, like the Revival and Allardice. I love those too, by the way. Contrary to most people I know I prefer the Allardice over the Revival. I’m not sure if this tops that one either.
The benefit of regular bottlings, at least for GlenDronach is that they are reasonably affordable. Back in 2011 I bought this for 75 euro. I love that. A 21 year old, for that kind of money made me rather thrilled. Also, I had tasted it before spending money and that made me really, really want it.
The tiniest bit of bitterness and acidity are on the first sniff. After that it becomes much more sweet and fruity. The sherry is big, of course, and also gives hints of polished leather, apart from the dried fruits and spiced cake.
Here, the 48% is noticable. It actually tastes slightly sharper than I’m used to in not-cask-strength bottlings. Dried fruit, plums. Leather, baking spices with cinnamon and cloves mostly. Maybe a touch of ginger. Very rich and thick.
The finish does all these flavours in overdrive. The fruit is a lot more prominent, but veers towards baked fruits. It’s long, and rich, and lovely.
As I suggested in the before the actual tasting notes, this is a lovely dram. I love the complexity, the slightly strange flavours of bitterness and slight acidity.
Take the price in account and you’ve got a winner. It hasn’t gotten more expensive over the last couple of years, which is a very strange thing.
GlenDronach 21 Parliament, 48%, 75 euro at Whiskybase. I’m skipping the image for now, since working from an ipad is utter shite for that.