Whisky Review – Glendronach 1990 23 year old Oloroso cask #1243

Glendronach 1990 23 year old Oloroso cask #1243
50.6% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
£102.50 from The Green Welly Stop

Glendronach are releasing just in time for Christmas their 9th batch of single cask releases of their awesome and humongous sherry monsters. These are always very popular and highly sought after, so if your interested in them, buy now or wait til the next batch release.

Nose.

Wow, I think this is the first slightly older Glendronach single cask I have tried, and for the extra 3 or so years there is quite a difference. The nose exhibits many of the familiar notes of Glendronach. The Christmas pudding, soaked in rum, fat juicy sultanas, the clove spiciness is slightly less, with added oak, and a floral perfumed aroma that is quite reminiscent of Parma violets added into the mix. Time in the glass gives more fruity oiliness on the nose, with stewed oranges and some polish and varnish notes in the background.

Palate.

Another whole level of fruitiness going on. No ABV burn, smooth as silk, mouth feel is smooth, silky and clean. Deeply rich, intensive oranges, peel and juice. Sultanas bathed in rich creamy rum balm (no such think I know, but there should be), fruitcake, warming sherry, this dram just evaporates on the tongue, it’s that smooth. I don’t want to put water in this one. This palate is all about experience, spices are minimal, but the taste is so clean, fresh, juicy and sweet. This dram just sticks to the glass, there’s very little in the way of legs going on its so thick. A stewed fruit basket.

Finish.

Sweet to dry, fruity intensive, really beautiful stuff, stays around for a good while, massive feel good factor on this dram. It’s all about the fruit.

Adding water.

Tiniest little dribble because I do believe this is perfect without water. The nose has more floral notes now. The cake and fruit quite subdued. The palate is still fruity and juicy rich, with a little additional spice notes and some nuttiness thrown in. The intensity isn’t quite there as with the undiluted version, but it is still very interesting to explore. The finish is dry, oak and a little fruit, a little spice.

Conclusion.

Personally I wouldn’t water this one, it’s worth it as a once of sprinkle of water, and I mean very little indeed, just to see how it reacts, but if your enjoying it u diluted stick with it. It’s a fantastic dram. The nose is a little different to what I’m used to from the single casks, as I hadn’t tried as old a one until now, but the added complexity on the nose is fascinating, and that palate is just to die for, it’s bloody amazing. I am a bit biased, I love sherried whiskies, and everything Glendronach does just hits my palate and makes me smile wide! If you like your whiskies sherried and have never tried a Glendronach single cask before, do yourself a Christmas favour and get a bottle, crack it open and just enjoy. Merry Christmas!

Many thanks to Benriach Distillery Company for providing me with the sample.

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Whisky Review – Glendronach 1992 21 year old Oloroso cask #195

Glendronach 1992 21 year old Oloroso cask #195
59.8% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
£91.00 from The Green Welly Stop

Glendronach are releasing just in time for Christmas their 9th batch of single cask releases of their awesome and humongous sherry monsters. These are always very popular and highly sought after, so if your interested in them, buy now or wait til the next batch release.

Nose.

Undiluted this nose feels a little subdued, there is the familiar Glendronach heavy sherried profile, but a little more restrained. Cloves and oak spices dominate, with the usual Christmas cake bounty hidden away, I suspect water will do this one a treat and unlock the goodness. Time in the glass does bring the cake notes forward a little more.

Palate.

Very rich. High ABV does have a little bite, but the mouthfeel is silky oil on the tongue. It is so oily. The fruitcake is very intense, oranges and orange oil intense, spices are not so evident on the palate as the nose, the fruit is massive though. Wow. There’s a little nuttiness in the form of walnut, and walnut skin, but not a great deal. The fruitcake and chocolate oranges run the show here.

Finish.

The finish is glorious. Long, rich, fruitcake, chocolate orange, some drying clove and oak spice, warming chest hugs all round. The sultanas stay for a long time.

Adding water.

Added a few drops. The nose is creamier, showing more signs of the fruit basket we are used to from Glendronach. There is more of a floral heather nature to the dram now, still quite hot and peppery on the nose. The palate is so fruity now, the dilution has really amped up the fruit, sweetness and oily nature of the oranges and chocolate. Fruitcake is big and bold, and the sultanas fatter. The finish is slightly shorter and drier, still has some fruit to it, but the oak is more prominent in the finish.

Conclusion.

Another excellent Glendronach. Sumptuously rich and fattening in flavour. It’s what I think to being a good diet Whisky. It’s got all the flavour of the fattening foods that one craves, but without all the calories. 🙂

Many thanks to Benriach Distillery Company for providing me with the sample.

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Whisky Review – Glendronach 1993 20 year old Oloroso cask #5

Glendronach 1993 20 year old Oloroso cask #5
53% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
£84.00 from The Green Welly Stop

Glendronach are releasing just in time for Christmas their 9th batch of single cask releases of their awesome and humongous sherry monsters. These are always very popular and highly sought after, so if your interested in them, buy now or wait til the next batch release.

Nose.

The nose is dry, with figs, plum pudding, rich oloroso, rum and raisin. Spice comes in the form of clove and cinnamon. Some dark chocolate rounds the nose off. It’s a head rush of a nose (in a very good way), which you just can’t help but sniff for a very long time.

Palate.

Surprisingly easy to take undiluted. Rich, intensely mouthcoating, fat juicy sultanas, warming sherried dark fruits, cinnamon, chocolate, orange peel and that fattening Christmas pudding.

Finish.

Medium-long, drying, but fruity intense. With the chocolate oranges and rum and raisin hugging the sip away.

Adding water.

Little drop added. The nose becomes more alive with the spices becoming more overwhelming to the fruit. The palate is still very fruit heavy, and so rewarding for it, more chocolate and orange is added to the fruitcake, and the balance of spices on the diluted palate is just lush. There is more of a brown sugar sweetness to the palate running through the development. The finish is sweeter to drier with a little more oak dust.

Conclusion.

A truly complex, engaging and rewarding dram. Benefits from a drop of water adding a level of richness which really adds so much to the experience. Excellent stuff.

Many thanks to Benriach Distillery Company for providing me with the sample.

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