Sherried whisky equals Glendronach. And Glendronach equals sherried whisky. But evidently that’s not always the case, as here we have a 15 year old Glendronach that has received a finish in Tawny Port casks. I couldn’t find how long the finish was. What I do know is that before the spirit was transferred into port casks, it was sitting in ex-bourbon casks.
Glendronach 15yo Tawny Port Finish (46%, OB, 2011)
Nose: Candied and fruity with a dash of fresh oranges and candied lemon. After a while dried red fruit appears, and even some soy. There’s a spirity veil that subtracts a bit from what is otherwise a pleasant nose.
Taste: Quite spicy with more than its fair share of black pepper. Also some horse radish. Somewhat syrupy with cherries and blackcurrants, as well as a small amount of treacle.
Finish: Spicy with dried red fruits. Medium in length.
I’m not the biggest fan, but I is a fine whisky. The spirity character of the nose is what I liked less about it, but the spicy and slightly syrupy palate made up for that a bit.