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Glendronach 18 Year Old Allardice Sherry Cask

A little rough around the edges

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

20th May 2012


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This expression had been on my radar for a while but I never got around to acquiring it for my self so I was quite excited when a friend of mine popped it out one night over at his place.

Being partial to anything with sherry I quite eagerly went in for my first nose. The smell is autumn. All around me are scattered dry leaves gentling rustling in the wind. As I go foraging through ankle deep foliage I find sweet bananas and dark berries glistening with a sherry coat. I look up and nestled in the branches of a dry oak tree is a wooden box filled with dark chocolates and butterscotch. As I look down I see in my hands a bowl of fudge sprinkled with fruits while all around me is the smell of dry oak trees.

My only problem with this picture is that everything is just a little bit dull.

I tipped the glass back expecting a sugar rush of sherry and dark berries and I wasn't wrong. But before I could get my head around the initial flavors the dry oak kicked in and arrested what was going to be a great first impression. As I pressed on I began to detect bits of dark chocolate, citrus and walnuts in the mix. Unfortunately, though, as I tried to savor the new flavors my journey was abruptly ended with the bold arrival of cinnamon spices.

I think this expression has all the necessary flavors to deliver something remarkable. However, they are not in the right proportion. Much too dry and a little too spicy for my liking.

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Jason0142 commented

Nice review, I prefer there 15yo revival to their 18yo. Though if you ever get another bottle from this distillery you have got to get one of their good single cask bottles, absolutely blows all of there standard range whisky's away and if you manage to get one of their really good single cask bottles it's among some of the best sherry whisky's ever.

11 years ago 0

MaltActivist commented

@Jason0142 Thanks for the recommendation. Will look up some single cask expressions from Glendronach.

Also I would really like for you to have a look at my whisky tasting blog and let me have your comments maltactivist.com

11 years ago 0

GregLogan commented

@Jason0142 - Nice recommendation as well. I have the GD18 - and it is a tough cookie indeed - but it has finish that does resound with 18 years of wood/alcohol wars!!! I am thinking about a review tonight - but probably responsibility will limit me to this interaction. Best, Greg.

10 years ago 0

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