Back in 2018, the GlenDronach 10 Years Forgue had the distinct honour of being the distillery’s first expression exclusive to global travel retail. Usually, that’s not where the best whisky ends up. After all, wary travelers aren’t the most discerning consumers. For example, it’s been ages since I last bought something at an airport.
This release is named after Scotland’s Forgue valley, in which the distillery is located, but that’s about the only information there is to share, except for the maturation in PX and oloroso sherry casks. Granted, that’s not super inspiring, but I guess that doesn’t really matter, because I bet there’s not much of an overlap between the average traveler and readers of this blog.
GlenDronach 10 Years Forgue (43%, OB, 2019)
Nose: Light and fruity, mainly banana and some apricots, but finally a touch of orange zest too. There’s a whiff of breakfast tea, bung cloth and macadamia nuts also. Not the most expressive, but satisfying nonetheless. Taste: Rather oily and sweet at first (vanilla custard, caramel, honey), quickly overtaken by spicy pepper and hot ginger, the oak being just a tad too present. Finish: Medium in length, spicy and somewhat bitter.
It’s good but not entirely convincing. It’s not overly expensive at 60 euro for a litre, but then again, this does not have the similarly prices GlenDronach 12 beat.