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This limited edition for the Danish market was released in 2016 and is (for the moment?) the last one in the so-called Star Wars series. Because of the light blue label, this one was dubbed Luke Skywalker. Don’t ask me who came up with these nicknames – it certainly was not GlenDronach themselves – but it is good fun. Ask the collectors who cough up around 500 EUR for a full set of this liquid trilogy… It matured on PX casks – like the Darth Vader; the apple and the tree… - and was also cut to 46%.
Wonderful, honeysweet nose on caramel, roasted coffee beans (a little bitter!), freshly sawed plands and a truckload of dark fruit. Think plums, figs and a lost dade. Lots of nuts, too. Hazelnuts and roasted almonds in the lead. It even has a side that reminds me a bit of American whiskey. Where did that come from? Might this in fact be bourbon cask matured and only finished on a refill PX cask? Be that as it may, this is very good (and I prefer it to the Darth Vader, on the nose at least).
Beautiful creaminess on the palate. Again very sweet and – contrary to his ‘father’ – soft on the spices. A little bit of pepper and a pinch of nutmeg, but far from piquant. The fruit shines through like a beacon, but midpalate it gets a big bitter note from the wood. But it has to be said: it works like the Force! Good balance. The bitterness in fact is a plus. Nice!
The finish is wonderfully long and the spices get another chance to show themselves. It fades very, very gently offering the fruit the final word before dying a bone dry death.
Forceful GlenDronach and at only 10 years old! In my (not so) humble opinion, this Luke Skywalker (which can still be found for 100 to 130 EUR) is quite a step up from the Darth Vader. I’m getting me this one. Thanks, Sven! Will the next one get a purple label and be called Mace Windu? Or a red one for Kylo Ren? I’d like that. Why not? The Force is strong with GlenDronach…