Time for some deep sherryfication. This is the oldest bottling in Glendronachs core range and it’s a mix of oloroso and Pedro Ximenes matured whisky. The colour is natural and the whisky has not been chillfiltered.
Nose: Delicious. Rich and sweet sherry! Raisins, figs, dates, prunes, carrotcake, cocoa and coffee. It’s all there, very syrupy. Getting hints of caramelized nuts. With water, the sweetness from the oloroso stands out. Spices appear with some honey and mulled wine.
On the palate: Warming and glorious. Sweet, but not overly so. The sweetness is perfectly balanced. Some woody notes, toffee, baked pears and prunes. With water, thick and creamy, but with a fruity acidity starting to appear, similar to green apples. A bit drier after a while with salt in the finish.
Fantastic stuff this, one of the best sherried whiskies I’ve had I think. I have a problem with a lot of sherried whiskies, they tend to get a little bit too much on the sweet and syrupy side. Same thing with stouts. This single malt though, is perfectly balanced. Not too much fruitcake, syrup or tannins but still with a lot of debth and complexity.