It’s been a couple of weeks since we added a review; the Olympics and holidays being distractions to the whisky blogging, but now were back and we have received some cracking malts that we’re going to share with you. We start with a lovely sherried offering from GlenDronach – a 21 year old whisky bottled at 48% and named after the rooks that live near the distillery.
The colour is reminiscent of black english breakfast tea. The nose delights with initial strong sherry notes before ripe banana and chocolate come through. There is a strong hint of coconut combined with stewed raisins and liquorice. Finally the smell reminds me of the polished assembly floor from my high school. The palate is deep and complex; layers of dark cherry (almost black forest gateau like) roll over the tongue. This whisky is crafted from a combination of Oloroso and PX casks but the overall result is very clean and fresh – no evidence of sulphur here! Again the raisins breakthrough, and as I sit and savour it I’m reminded of the excitement of childhood bonfire nights – the one’s standing in a cold field, eating treacle toffee and watching the fireworks light the sky – brilliant stuff!
The finish lingers long in the mouth and brings with it sophisticated caramel chocolate and toffee. It’s slightly bitter at the end, but in a treacle toffee kind of way and that certainly doesn’t detract from the overall whisky.
Definitely a whisky for late autumn / early winter and so perfectly suited to the summer of 2012. If I can get hold of any more I’ll be sharing it out on 5 November with some lucky friends!