I love rainy autumn days like these, it’s a perfect moment to enjoy some bold sherry flavours.
Of course one particular distillery immediately comes to mind: GlenDronach. What we have here is a (single) cask bottling from 1995. Matured in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon for 22 years and bottled in 2017 at cask strength (55.1%).
Warming, thick syrup, apricots and red fruits, a subtle hint of slightly smoked barley, old leather and wood.
Full and sweet, with dried fruits. It feels not too old, in fact it’s surprisingly supple. There’s lots of youthful fruitiness in the form of apricots, raspberry jam, vanilla and oak
The finish is long and fruity and feels older than the palate. With a long and drying hint of Christmas cake, nice old wood and dry fruits.
It’s hard to go wrong with these bottlings, this one ticks all the boxes like we were expecting. The slight youthful fruitiness is a huge plus, because it’s different from what you might expect. We often get gunpowder notes in older GD bottlings, but not so much in this one. That makes it a welcome addition to the line-up!