This is a 19 year Glendronach Single Cask that was matured in a PX cask and bottled at 52.9% ABV.
Nose: Super chocolately up front – but more of a malt chocolate than a sweet chocolate. PX rather muted behind the chocolate notes and heavy oak. Some toffee and black cherries show up after a bit.
Palate: PX much more bold here with those syrupy raisin notes – a bit of chocolate, cloves, and oddly enough some herbal notes tucked away behind the sherry. Just the right balance of other notes besides the PX to avoid becoming too sweet.
Finish: Raisins with citrus and a nice balance of oak lingering.
Rating: 90/100 – I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – these Glendronach single casks are about as consistent as it comes in the malt world in my opinion. If you enjoy heavily sherried malts, you just can’t go wrong with these.
Value for the money: Guessing this retailed between $150-200 based on the typical prices for these, and I’d gladly pay for a bottle in that range.
This is a 22 year Glendronach that was matured in a PX cask and bottled at 50.8% ABV. This is an older review that it appears I never migrated to the blog.
Nose: Floral oak dripping with rich, raisiny PX sherry. Loads of brown sugar with some honey and mineral notes.
Palate: Extremely rich PX – like a raisin syrup. Takes a minute to get past the sherry bomb, but bananas, toffee, and nutmeg emerge.
Finish: Slightly astringent but the sugary PX laden oak lingers on and on
Rating: 92/100 – A very good PX matured Glendronach – hits all the right sweet notes for me. I often use this one to introduce someone to sweeter scotch as it is almost like a dessert pour.
Value for the money: These retailed close to $200, and at auction it would still be in that ballpark. I think that would be a fair price if you can score one around there.
This is an 11 year Glendronach from Batch 12 that was matured in a PX Sherry Puncheon and bottled at 57.8% ABV.
Nose: A bit barbecue saucy with sweet tomatoes and a subtle vinegar – grapes, charred oak with some slight smoke as a result. Not very raisiny as I was expected given the PX maturation (albeit a short maturation).
Palate: Much fruitier here with raisins and cranberries. Vanilla custard and a bit of tart malt with cinnamon.
Finish: Very tart with fruit punch, minimal oak, and golden raisins.
Rating: 87/100 – Another solid Single Cask from Glendronach – they are about as consistent as you can find in my opinion. Interesting to try one on the younger side before the sherry has time to dominate the malt.
Value for the money: These retailed around $80 when they came out, and that’s a fair price. These sell out quickly at retail though so you’d have to find this one at auction. I’d be happy to pay up to $100 or so.
This is a 20 year Glendronach that was matured in a PX Sherry Puncheon and bottled at 54.4% ABV.
Nose: Big, meaty sherry with honeycomb, prosciutto, raisins, freshly sawn oak, figs, and apricot jam.
Palate: Golden raisins mingled with new oak – chalky, but sweet with peaches and nectarines, citrus juice, and prunes.
Finish: Clean, sweet sherry lingering with damp oak.
Rating: 90/100 – I’m typically a fan of these Glendronach single cask releases, and this one is no exception. Despite the 20 year PX maturation, there are still a lot of lighter/bright notes in here to avoid just being a pure dark sherry bomb.
Value for the money: This retails for $220 and I think it’s a bit on the high side, but not too bad.
This is a 20 year Glendronach matured in a PX Puncheon that was bottled for the UK market at 54.8% ABV.
Nose: Classic struck match head right off the bat with heavy prunes. Not as raisiny as I’ve come to expect from PX maturation. Also, oak is quite a bit heavier than what I typically find in these – perhaps due to the slightly muted PX influence. Slightly acidic dark berries.
Palate: Heat surprisingly strong for only 54.8% ABV – toffee notes mixed among an odd herbal profile. Again, doesn’t quite strike me as PX maturation – would’ve guessed Oloroso if I didn’t know better. Oak becoming quite strong in rear palate.
Finish: Red grape skins, sherry becomes much heavier with oak fading quickly.
Rating: 87/100 – One of the oddest Glendronach single casks I’ve had. On one hand, it’s nice to try one that ventures out from the typical notes in these 20ish year PX bottles, but it comes off as a blessing and a curse for me to a degree.
Value for the money: Guessing this retailed around $150ish or so and typically these single casks make great purchases at retail if you love very heavy sherry influence.
This is a 15 year expression from Glendronach that was finished in Tawny Port casks and bottled at 46% ABV.
Nose: Port comes through cleanly with stewed fruit, mulling spices, heavy grape juice, slightly briny, and a fair amount of brown sugar.
Palate: Again quite port/grape heavy here with moderate oak presence. Sugary malt and red berries round out a sweet profile.
Finish: Port lingers with the spices, brown sugar, and molasses for a long time.
Rating: 86/100 – Sometimes I wish port finishes could be as complex as sherry finish, but I find it’s often too heavy a curtain over the dram that lacks some of the subtleties and variety I find in sherry finishes (non-PX ones really).
Value for the money: This appears to retail for around $65-$70, and I would probably buy one at that price if I saw it.
This is a 17 year Glendronach that was matured in a PX cask and bottled at 53.2% ABV.
Nose: Heavy raisin syrup with rich fudge leading off. Strawberry hard candies (those old ones with the strawberry design wrappers) and a bit of smoky barbecue sauce.
Palate: Strawberry candies again with lemon drops – meaty sherry with a subtle butterscotch note.
Finish: Dries out very quickly with sherry seasoned oak trailing off.
Rating: 90/100 – A pretty standard PX matured Glendronach – if you like heavily sherried malts, you typically can’t go wrong with these Single Casks in my mind.
Value for the money: Guessing this one retailed for $150 or so. These single casks are usually great buys from a value perspective as they are typically very consistent and hard to beat at their price for sherry bombs.
This is an 11 year Glendronach that was selected by Vine & Table liquor store. It was matured in an Oloroso Sherry Puncheon and bottled at 57.6% ABV.
Nose: Odd combination of salty and smoky jerky with an earthy manzanilla-type sherry profile. Dark raisins and a slightly sulphury oak note.
Palate: Rich sherry up front with smoked meats. Smoky and nutty malt with black pepper and aged oak.
Finish: Mostly sweet overall – oloroso really shines here. Slight sulphur note to the oak again.
Rating: 84/100 – The sulphur note throws me a bit, but it’s fairly faint overall.
Value for the money: This retailed for around $90, but I’d be happier to see this around $60 or so.
This is the recently discontinued 15 year expression from Glendronach’s core range. It’s matured in Oloroso casks and bottled at 46% ABV.
Nose: Maraschino cherries with strong sherry notes, fresh vanilla, and mascarpone.
Palate: Bloor orange and french oak topped with big sherry influence ands spiced malt.
Finish: Dry, sherried oak with subtle fruits and toffee.
Rating: 85/100 – A simple, but enjoyable sherried malt.
Value for the money: These retailed around $70 which is a bit high in my opinon, but people were snapping them up due to them being discontinued for the time being.
Glendronach 21 Parliament is part of the core range of expressions from Glendronach and the oldest of the core range. It’s matured in a combination of PX and Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at 48% ABV.
Nose: Huge sherry notes up front – no mistaking this for just a sherry finished malt. The oloroso stands out more to me than the PX – not as raisin heavy as PX tends to be. Oak is masked well beneath the sherry, but it’s presence adds a nice balance overall.
Palate: PX influence starts to shine here with sultana notes dominating. Strong black pepper and cloves added in with a dry oak.
Finish: Fairly long finish with vanilla and bitter fruits as sherry continues to linger. PX raisin taste intensifies towards the end of the finish.
Rating: 92/100 – Delicious dram. I’m a big sherried malt fan as I love sweeter whiskies, so no surprise I’m a fan of this one. If you aren’t especially keen on strong sherry notes, this one won’t be for you.
Value for the money: This retails for around $130-$150 stateside, and I think that’s a fair price for a good sherry bomb. Would love to add a bottle of this to my collection.