This is a 12 year Springbank matured in a cream sherry butt and bottled at 56.1% ABV.
Nose: Wow – some of the strongest sherry notes I’ve encountered in a Springbank. Cloves and fruit cake with some strawberry and cocoa – very heavy dark sherry notes with a decent amount of sulphur in there.
Palate: Sulphury sherry with dates and figs – sherry is completely dominant with some bitter chocolate in there.
Finish: Raisins and cracked peppercorns with some bitter cocoa.
Rating: 89/100 – The biggest sherry bomb from Springbank I’ve personally had to date. A fair amount of sulphur in there which holds it back slightly for me, but otherwise quite good.
Value for the money: I paid around $100 for this I believe at retail, and I have no qualms with that price point.
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.