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GlenDronach 1996 - 16 YO single cask PX sherry puncheon

Oh, Sherry...........

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@NozinanReview by @Nozinan

27th May 2017

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I had a rare opportunity to taste with @Paddockjudge, @Maddie and @Victor in May 2017. Because I have so many bottles open I’m often loath to crack the seal on a new one but this was a great opportunity to explore new bottles with friends. This was the third of 4 bottles we opened on the last evening (other reviews will follow).

Glendronach has released quite a few single cask offerings in recent years. In 2015 @Nosebleed was able to collect a 17 YO that was distilled in 1994, about a month after I started medical school. I tasted from an open bottle of his and enjoying it immensely stashed mine away to open on my retirement. Last year he picked this one up for me. We never quite made it to opening it in December and comparing it to the 17 YO. This release was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2012, from a PX sherry puncheon (cask 1496), and this was bottle 23/497. It was over 2/3 full and gassed after its original use last week.

This expression is reviewed in my usual manner (except I have small pours in both a snifter and a Glencairn), 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.


Nose:

Neat – In the Glencairn I get bright fruit followed by deeper prune notes. Slight vegetal note. In the snifter I get a lot more of the bright fruit. It’s sweeter and is a bit like fruit cup syrup. A little spirity. Definitely a richer experience in the snifter. 22/25

With water – In the Glencairn it’s a darker, richer nose, even deeper in the snifter. (23/25)

Taste:

Neat – definitely sherry, moderately dry on the arrival and then sweet in the development. Less vegetal and sweeter from the snifter. 22/25

With water – Sweeter but fruitier from the Glencairn, the taste is actually thinner and more muted in the snifter. (22.5/25)

Finish: long, sweet (a little too sweet) with a little sour grapes and mouth-drying astringence. 21.5/25, even longer and more astringent with water.

Balance: Good balance between nose and palate, but the sherry is a little too prominent and sweet and masks the spirit somewhat. 21/25

Score: Neat - 86.5/100 With Water: 88/100

I don’t get sulphur on this, though 2 of the others I opened this with did.


I’m really enjoying this with a few drops of water, and I am surprised at the difference between glasses. For this expression, without water, I would go with the snifter. With water, I prefer the nose in the snifter, but, surprisingly, I like the flavour better from the Glencairn.

I think this will require a lot of further study, and not just with this bottle…

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8 comments

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

@Nozinan In french we say: " Cent fois sur le métier remettez votre ouvrage" wich means that you have to redo it an hundred time to get something right or close to perfection. I would add that sometime those hundred times are more fun than others.

2 years ago 3Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

2 nights ago I poured between 30-40 cc of this in order to review it in 2 glasses, and when I was done I had about 20 cc left which I put away in my "couldn't finish vial", a 30 cc sample bottle from Master of malt that over a year ago had Arran 12 YO CS batch 5 in it. I do wash it between most uses.

Tonight, needing to comfort myself over the tragic loss of a different bottle, I poured the remainder into a Glencairn. While I'm in no frame of mind to do a proper review, after 2 days exposed to some air (and having had the water added 2 nights ago), I'm pleased to report that it remains a very pleasant sherry forward dram.

2 years ago 0

@McTeague
McTeague commented

I bought a bottle of this a few weeks ago. It's a real treat to drink because the base malt has so much character and duels with the sherry nicely. And it has a nice kick to it, tasting higher than its 46% ABV.

2 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@McTeague Maybe this wasn't the same bottling...as mine was at CS.

2 years ago 0

@McTeague
McTeague commented

@Nozinan

Ok, that's what I get for relying on my memory. The bottle I have is 57.1 % ABV. And also, it's the Glendronach 2003 - 11 year old Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon. Not the 16 year old. Hey, I was kind of close....

2 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@McTeague Close only works in horseshoes and government work....

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

...and hand grenades, and atom bombs...

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Victor And also when expelling unfortunate gases from certain orifices.

about one year ago 0

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