This is a 14 year Glendronach Single Cask matured in a PX Sherry Puncheon and bottled at 55.5% ABV.
Nose: Strawberries and graham crackers at first followed by peppermint, tobacco, cocoa powder, caramel, and a bit of floral notes developing after a few minutes in the glass.
Palate: More malty here with the peppermint notes carrying through from the nose. Cocoa again with some caramelized bananas – less fruity overall than the nose however.
Finish: Dry and oaky with only a hint of sweetness from gingerbread notes.
Rating: 86/100 – Not quite as raisiny/fruity as some of its older PX single cask brothers, but good nonetheless.
Value for the money: I think I paid about €105 for this, and it’s not too bad a price for what you get.
This is a 20 year Glendronach that was matured in a PX Sherry Puncheon and bottled at 54.6% ABV.
Nose: Cherry jam with dark chocolate undertones, subtle anise tucked away in there with a bit of beach ball rubber coming through. Dried banana chips, figs, new leather, and baked apples round out a sweet nose.
Palate: Leathery and meaty sherry full of plums, cloves, cherry cough drops. lemon zest, and almond extract. Not as raisiny as I’d expect from a 20 year PX matured malt.
Finish: Predominantly sherry with a bit of oak and pepper lingering.
Rating: 88/100 – A solid Glendronach single cask that’s not as cloying as I was expecting.
Value for the money: I paid around €175 for this bottle, and I think that’s not too bad a price, but not sure I’d buy another at that price point.
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.