The wait is finally over for us Glendronach fans with the announcement of batch 17, this series of single cask bottling’s is now the signal for so many fans to begin the mad scramble for a bottle or two..
As with last years Release this batch 27 is also split into bottles for Europe and APAC and Canada which is always the start of a little disappointment as you just know some of the expressions you want will be in the release that is unavailable in the part of the world we reside..
As with past releases I have been very fortunate to receive some of the samples in order to review..
Today’s review is for the 1995 vintage from cask #3040 which was a Pedro Ximénez Puncheon.
Age.. 23 years
Cask.. Pedro Ximénez #3040
This bottle is part of the APAC and Canada release..
Nose.. Instantly you are introduced to those dried fruits, dates, raisins, figs and a little plum jam entice before Demerara sugar, thick black treacle, toffee apples, candied orange and dark chocolate before rich vanilla and pipe tobacco gently caress.
Palate.. A hit of oak soon gives way to those dried fruits and dark chocolate notes that in turn introduce a subtle sulphur note before some sweetness comes back and a little citrus bitterness..
Finish.. Lingering oak and soft spices
Thoughts.. I’ve heard many people mention sulphur in whisky puts them off but if it’s subtle enough like in this one I (and this is for my palate ) find it can really enhance some whiskies..
My only problem with this expression is as much as I enjoyed it ( and I enjoyed it enough to try to get my hands on a bottle ) it does feel like it just isn’t quite enough to take me on that journey..)
Is that a negative ? Yes and no.. It’s not enough for me to slate it as I’m sure some others will do just for the sake of readership figures, what we need to consider is that someone with far more skills than most of us has chosen this cask for release, their job and reputation is on the line so do you honestly believe they will release sub standard whisky onto the market ? I find it is far easier to give negative reviews in order to increase readership after all we all like a good moan and where is the fun in being positive all the time ? In my opinion it’s about getting the balance right, the only thing I do agree with is that if all reviews are good or bad for that matter then people switch off… The big question should be is there enough positives still for me to enjoy it ? And maybe go on to buy it..
The answer to that in this case for me is a big fat yes.. The whisky is good, it is flawed but then nothing in life is perfect, you might disagree with this but then where is the fun in us all agreeing..
There is a good balance with plenty of flavour and enticing aromas that build a complexity that holds your attention for long enough..
Sample received from Glendronach..