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.