Glendronach really is the new Macallan. Nowadays there’s no other distillery that does sherry matured whisky like Glendronach. Their standard range is excellent, especially the wonderful and still affordable 21yo Parliament. And they also release loads and loads of single cask expressions every year. Like this one from 1995, which has matured in an ex-Pedro Ximenez cask and was bottled for Whiskybase.
Glendronach 1995/2015 (54,2%, OB for Whiskybase, C#3804)
Nose: Sweet, sweet sherry notes, obvious PX influence. Luscious red fruits. Raisins and ripe figs. Marmelade made from forest fruits. A touch of soy sauce.
Taste: Sweet and spicy (touch of mint and white pepper). Syrup-y. Ripe figs, red grapes and licorice. Lots of plums too, and really dark chocolate.
Finish: Long, sherried and fairly spicy. A tad drying.
Good stuff. I know a lot of people who avoid Pedro Ximenez-matured Glendronach, but I seem to quite like them.
Sample provided by Whiskybase