Here’s a review of something that is probably readily available. In Ontario it will set you back $80, so you get 50 cc and 2 years more than with the Benromach 10.
Over the past 2-3 year I’ve gained an appreciation for some lower proof whiskies. It started with some of the Canadian offerings, but then I tasted a few sherry cask matured whiskies at 43%, and I noticed they were enjoyable. I still really enjoy cask strength bruisers, but it’s nice to know that a well-made lower proof expression can satisfy.
My experience with Glendronach thus far is tasting the 15 and the 18 (I preferred the 15), one or 2 CS releases, and 2 single casks in their late teens (one of which was really good and my bottle of it will be opened when I retire from Medicine - it was distilled a month after I started Medical school).
This sample is courtesy of @OdysseusUnbound, and comes from a bottle he opened in April 2018, and poured for me on August 23, 2018, when it was 2/3 full. I opened the sample 2 nights ago and tried a 20 cc pour, and was impressed, and I promised him I would try to get the review done soon so here it goes. According to the LCBO website it is matured in PX sherry casks.
This expression, reviewed in a Highland whisky glass, is reviewed in my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.
Clearly sherry-matured. I get sweet red wine (like the ones we all remember from Passover Seders or the קדוש following Saturday morning services). I get prunes, some baking spices. Something vegetal there, but I can’t pick out any sulphur (that’s a good thing). Something umami, like roasting beef (in the oven with that seared salty, horseradish/garlic crust). Maybe a hint of mint? Water brings out the vegetal note more, makes it less sweet and more savoury. (22.5/25)
Sweet, with a little alcohol nip on entry. You can taste the sherry influence, a little pepper on the development. Water tones down the sweetness a little, makes the development a bit dryer. (22.5/25)
Peppery, moderately astringent, sweet, fairly long.
The sweetness is just a little too much (and I like sweet things), and I find the sherry influence seems to overwhelm everything else. Still, a tasty dram.
Score: Neat - 86/100 With Water: 87/100
This is a solid whisky. I’ve heard there can be some batch variation, however. If I had more room in my cabinet I would definitely consider picking up one of these. It would be a great one to alternate having open with Benromach 10 and Macallan 12.
Thanks again @Odysseusunbound for letting me try this!
Thanks for the review. I might be mistaken, but I think this is matured in a combination of PX and Oloroso sherry casks. I’ve probably tasted this malt more than any other seeing as it’s my wife’s grandfather’s go-to single malt. I've owned several bottles and have never encountered sulfur. There is some batch variation though. I’ve scored this malt anywhere from 84 to as high as 89. Your notes seem spot on to me.
You may be right about the casks. I just read it on the LCBO website. It's a little pretentious to claim you know more than the smart folks at the LCBO, don't you think?