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Glendronach 1995 Single Cask Tawny Port Finish

Sweet and Spice and Everything Nice

5 990

@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

10th Aug 2019

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    23
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    90

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Single Cask offerings are fun. It's a high risk, high reward proposition. It's interesting how different the tasting notes and scores are. I've seen this particular whisky scored between 82 and 90 points. Of course, this shouldn't be surprising coming from different reviewers, and especially with single cask offerings from different casks. What's interesting to me is that my sample is from a bottle drawn from cask 5959, the same cask whence came the sample TOModera reviewed. For those of you who aren't familiar with him, he posts on reddit, the Toronto Snob, er I mean, Whisky Society, and on the his own website. His reviews are funny, interesting and provocative, but I'm convinced he doesn't really like anything. He rated this whisky 82/100 points. Fine, everyone's scoring is personal and subjective, but reading his tasting notes after I made mine, I was convinced we were tasting completely different whiskies.

Tasting Notes

  • Nose (undiluted): Christmas fruitcake, tobacco, cherries, dark chocolate, walnuts, and a very slight hint of something earthy. Wow. THAT is an enticing nose. Spectacular. With time the earthy note becomes more prominent and there’s some black pepper developing.
  • Palate (undiluted): rich, full-bodied, far more gentle than the abv would suggest, mouth-coating, tobacco, dark cherries, sweet but not cloying, black pepper, plenty of walnuts, another tiny hint of earthiness.
  • Finish: long, warming, dark chocolate, cherries, toasted walnuts, a bit of nutmeg and cloves linger.

I could not bring myself to add water to this whisky. If I had a whole bottle, I might try it "for science", but as it was a single 30ml sample, I enjoyed it as is. I sincerely wish anyone who thinks higher strength whiskies “burn too much” or are “harsher” than lower abv offerings gets to try something like this whisky. It is superb. Nothing out of place. Just enough sweetness and spice. “Balanced” is sometimes synonymous with “uninteresting” but “balanced” is a huge compliment in this scenario. There’s nothing uninteresting here. If this whisky’s aroma were a cologne, I would wear it. If there was a car air freshener that smelled like this, I would buy it, though it might be awkward to explain to the police.

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9 comments

Astroke commented

Great review,

On whiskybase this one averages 85.6 among 7 reviews (84-87). Looks to be a Liquor Depot release cask out of Alberta (where else could this happen in Canada?). I have never tried them but seems among Scotch enthusiasts that Tawny Port finishes do not score as high as Sherry cask maturation/finishes. Still, this Tawny Port Glendro does sound nice.

whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/…

There is only 1 review with notes but I did like his mention of the Glendro 1994 cask 1051 as I still have 1/4 of a bottle left :)

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@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@Astroke It seems weird that so many prefer sherry finishes. I’m sure it happens, but I’ve never personally experienced sulphur from a Port finished whisky. It happens quite often with Sherry. Oh well.

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@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

For me, the gold standard of port-matured/finished whiskies is Amrut Portonova.

I really wish my MP friend would have time to come over so I can open the bottle for him.

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Astroke commented

@OdysseusUnbound That's true, I am fortunate to be immune to sulfured Sherried Scotch.

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Astroke commented

@Nozinan Portonova is one of the few Port finished Whiskies I have had and it is a gem. Waiting for ZYN to get some, but not holding my breath.

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@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

What a fun review!

And yeah - TOModera - I love that guy on Reddit.

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@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

This sounds great! Port finished whisky has been hit or miss for me. Arran's port cask finish was not that good. However, I really like the new 14yo Glenmo Quinta Ruban. This sounds better than either of those!

8 days ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@casualtorture It pains me to read the name "Arran" these days. Their cask finishes seem like a blatant attempt to sell immature whisky by covering it up or bedazzling it. Their 10 and 14 year old whiskies are so lovely; why can't they just mature their whisky properly and sell it when it's ready? I've also been told that their 18 year old is fantastic.

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