We’ve started working our way through the post Christmas samples of whisky that we received and this Glendronach was top of the list. It is bottled at a cask strength of 54.8% and is a vatting of some fabulous Pedro Ximenez and Olarosso sherry casks which give it a glorious colour reminiscent of deep maple syrup.
On the nose we were treated to initial notes of orange zest combined with some raw Christmas cake mixture (a really deep and earthy smell enhanced by the combination of fruit and alcohol combining). As it sat in the glass it matured slightly into notes that reminded us tobacco from fine cigars and somewhat delightfully, Caramac and creamy custard – it is a real evening, post dinner dram.
The palate was obviously sherried, but very clean sherry. It had the depth of my mum’s homemade Christmas pudding and all the richness that goes with that – you have to try it! Following that we were hit with treacle toffee – the sort we had on bonfire night while standing out in the cold when young.
The finish offered up more toffee, some stewed prunes and the merest hint of pepper.
This is a delightful whisky. If you love sherried drams then you will love this; its not a bad price either and one worth checking out this January… if it continues to snow then you’ll thank us as you wrap up warm and savour this first batch cask strength offering from Glendronach.