Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Some older Glendronachs

Following on from my vertical back in September, here’s some older Glendronachs that have been building up chez Cops.  Happy new year!

Glendronach 18 year old, Tawny Port Finish, 46% B

glendronach-18-year-old-tawny-port-cask-finish-whiskyNose - Initial impressions are disappointing - oddly sour, cereal and new makey for an 18 year old. Some strawberry, strawberry leaf, then some earth, and the whisky starts to open up.  Some hard oak, lacquer, then finally some patisserie notes make a very welcome entrance.  Buttered cocktails, flapjack, puff pastry and buttered new potatoes.  It’s a really odd combination of Glendronach fun and earthy, pastry, and oddly young on the nose.  With water, loads more fruit but still so young.  I would have called this for a 6-8 year old.

Body - Spirity, young, a little spicy and quite wooded with light raspberry and unripe pear.

Finish - Medium, spirity, a little chocolate.  Bitter with water.

What’s not good about it - Very young and austere, not what I was expecting at all.

What’s good about it - It has depth and richness if you dig.

Thanks to Craig at Green Welly for the sample!

Glendronach 21 Year Old, Parliament, 46% A⊕

There’s a nasty rumour going around that this is being discontinued.  It’s still available at Abbey Whisky - if you want it, I’d pick one up sooner rather than later! 

glendronachparliament21yeara-759x1024Nose - Dark, sweet, wooded and ripe.  Balanced and fresh still, with marker pens, strawberry, rich milk chocolate, a touch of sandalwood and a slightly musky note like a Spanish ham. With time, lots of fruit wax develops.  Lovely but for all that, a little lacking in complexity.

Body - Bright, balanced, deep and intense raisin and dark, but balanced, heavily lacquered wood.  Quality street chocolates.  

Finish - Deep, fresh sherry.  Very well balanced.  Quite long, a little spicy and good mouth coating oils.  Finally, some balancing sulphur.

What’s not good about it - I’m not sure it’s better than the 15 but maybe that’s got something to do with the dormant period at Glendronach?

What’s good about it - Loads of sherry bomb on the nose but lots of structure and interest in the delivery - a tough trick to pull off.  

Out of stock most places at the moment but will be back in stock in January.

Glendronach 1994, 19 Year Old PX Puncheon #326, 53.5% A⊕+

grnob_1994v8Nose - Brighter and more waxy than the Parliament.  Spicier on the nose too, with more earth and gunpowder to it. Much earthier in fact, complex rich and fruity, with ripe plum, a little fresh cut raspberry and tomato. And dried earth on new potatoes.  With water, more orange juice and waxier.  Lacquered bookcase in fact.  Beautiful.

Body - Sweet, very sweet and intense.  Toffee apple, orange juice and sulphur.  Lovely.  With water, that earthy note comes through.

Finish - Very long, very intense, great balanced sulphur and a little menthol, then toffee.  With water, opens up even more and is seriously long, oily, and complex.  

What’s not good about it - You can’t know how good this is before it’s sold out.

What’s good about it - Complex, balanced, intense and simply beautiful. I can’t recommend this enough.

Thanks to Cuan for the sample!

Glendronach Oloroso Butt #23, for Whiskybase, 21 Year Old, 52.1% A+

15/01/1993 to 10/2014.

1524202_506048006164255_7241120775984394842_oNose - Dry cereal, coca cola, meaty, dark brown sugar and a hint of sulphur.  Some minerality, and a little apple juice.  Quite grown up but not too complex.

Body - Massively sweet Oloroso, good structure though.  Typical rum and raisin - but balanced and lightly spicy.  With water, more rounded, certainly more cereal and some sour wood starts to develop.

Finish - Long, sulphured and spicy but mellow.  Great balance throughout - you couldn’t ask for a more polite sherry bomb.

What’s not good about it - Lacks complexity

What’s good about it - Scratches all sorts of itches, big sherry hit without being over the top or one dimensional.

Thanks to Sjoerd for organising a bottle split on this one.

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