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.