Glendronach 18 Year Old / Allardice / Sherry Cask

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Glendronach 18 Year Old / Allardice / Sherry Cask
70cl / 46%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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Just like the 15yo, Glendronach Allardice 18yo (named after the distillery's founder) has been 100% matured in Oloroso sherry casks. We're delighted to welcome Glendronach back from the wilderness - Billy Walker and his team are doing outstanding work here.
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Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Stu Robson (Whisky Marketplace)

Nose: Clean, focussed sherry with a mix of classic notes to the fore; orangettes, praline, tangerine, bow rosin and a hint of struck-flint smokiness. Develops further on juicy, macerated sultanas and apricot jam glazed walnut cake backed by a faintly suggestion of damp earth. Time draws out a beautiful mix of kirsch and muscavado. A classic, slightly dark sherried profile with enough body and depth.

Taste: Quite bold on dry walnuts, well roasted coffee beans and treacle backed by the dark chocolate and orange rind notes from the nose. A certain slightly green sappiness develops through the mid palate and seems to cut short the development. Quite savoury towards the finish with more toasted nut notes and a faint grassiness.

Feel: Silky, rich and coating at 46%.

Finish: Quite long with touches of toasted oak, ginger, faint sultana and dry earth. Suggestions of green tea and anise flicker through the length.

Comment: High quality, classically sherried malt whisky in all departments. With that said, this latest batch is missing some of the width and gentle sweetness on the palate that I remember from previous bottlings. The 15 year old may remain the best when at its height, but this 18 year old still offers a level of safety for those that fear that “S” word.

Customer Reviews:(8 reviews)
Nose: Bold sherry, toffee, fruit Palate: Unexpected dryness (for this nose) mixed with fruit and pudding. Nutty. A very subtle smoke Finish: Lingering sherry and walnut
- Cosmin Marginean, 21st Dec '13
What can i say this is Glendronach at its best.I had the pleasure of a bottle of this for my 50th party ,needless to say it did not last long ,and my guests were so impressed most went out to get a bottle for themselves.
- RMcDonald, 19th Nov '13
Had a bottle for Xmas, just had a dram. Beautiful.
- Rick., 28th Dec '12
This bottling of Glendronach is superb.It is a match for more exspensive sherried whiskies from more famous distilleries.
- keith palmer, 1st Jun '12
Dulce, suave, exquisito. Uno de los mejores del mercado en relacion precio/calidad.
- MSR, 8th Dec '09
Great nose of dates - toffee - sherry and lovely taste of sherried fruit with just a hint of smoke. Nice but something is missing - character which is cloaked by the heavy oloroso flavouring. Good but not memorable. The dram of the 12 yo basic release I had at the distillery had much more of the Glendronach character.
- trebor, 20th Nov '09
I agree with mr S Benetto. This one does indeed bring back memories of the "old" 15y.o. And those memories are, indeed, fond. Truly "The Perfect Choice", following a dinner of specifically game meat, such as for example deer. Right single malt afterwards, is in my personal humble opinion, just as important as "the right wine" is to a dinners main course.
- A.B, 17th Oct '09
Brings back fond memories of the old 15 year old sherry cask. Although only a sample i was given, i enjoyed it very much. Beautiful butter toffee with a hint of spice.
- S Bennetto, 12th Sep '09
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