Glendronach 21 YO – Parliament

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark and sweet. At first there’s a dark, dried fruitiness with prunes and raisins sitting in between a minty top note and a honey, brown sugar and vanilla sweetness. There are notes of tobacco, sulfur and a slightly gritty complexity in the center. Underneath there’s a fresher fruitiness with mainly apples. When it settles it becomes more floral and it feels much younger than its age. The sweetness is a bit sticky throughout and the whole thing has an acidity to it. This is a decent nose, but it lacks a bit of the notes which would come from a 21 year aging period.

Mouth: It starts out with a sweet coating on the outside and a mix of black coffee and dark fruits in the middle. After a few seconds a brighter fruitiness gets added to the mix as well. The notes of age missing from the nose are now very pronounced with dust, a hint of old books and a damp cellar note. There’s a spicyness slowly creeping forward as well. The mouthfeel really doesn’t match up to the flavours though and it’s not as sweet as on the nose.

Finish: The spicyness spikes through the transition before the dark flavours comes through once again. It’s still a mix of coffee and dark dried fruits like prunes and raisins. The dusty note and the minty top layer soon follows. The background is filled with a lemon note at this point. It takes a good while before the flavours start to give up and give room to the oakiness. It starts att the edges and slowly moves inwards. It’s a nice mix of hazelnuts and both old and fresh oak. It gets fresher with time though. This is a really good sherried whisky with a half decent nose.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in a mix of ex-Oloroso and ex-PX sherry casks for the entire aging period. This is the new chillfiltered version. It has natural colour.

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