Certain whiskies get discontinued. Nothing we can do about it, and most of the time we don’t really care. Where one disappears, another gets introduced. But when the (temporary) discontinuation of the Glendronach 15yo finally got confirmed, it hurt more than usual. Why? It was the epitome of a great value for money whisky. Partly because the content is much older than the actual age statement on the bottle. And it was also proof that it was still possible to offer wonderful age statement whiskies for cheap. Remember when this used to cost 35/40 euro? That was only a year ago.
Glendronach 15yo Revival (46%, OB, 2015)
Nose: Lots of dried fruits with figs, prunes and apricots. Some roasted peanuts and walnuts. Cloves and warm apple pie sprinkled with cinnamon. Taste: Sweet and syrupy. Drying. Raisins, dark chocolate and black berries. Fairly spicy with cloves, nutmeg and black pepper. Finish: Long and fairly sweet. Hint of smoke at the end.
Really, really good. We’ll just have to face reality and accept that it’s gone. Even when Glendronach will release their new 15yo in a couple of years, it’ll probably be good, maybe even as good as the Revival. But I doubt it’ll offer the same bang for your buck.