Glendronach 15YO Sherry Revival – 85/100
I am going to keep this one short and sweet, but also put a slight bitter taste in your mouth. The Glendronach 15 is everything the title says and much, much more, however, unless you’ve already got a bottle, it’s unlikely you will find one until 2018.
The reason for this misfortune is quite simple…Glendronach do not have the maturing stocks available – their next Oloroso matured spirit won’t be ready for another three years.
Glendronach mature their 15YO Sherry Revival in Oloroso sherry casks, for a period which is actually longer than the age statement claims, see the handy graph in the link below. (I didn’t produce this – credit where it’s due).
I actually have another bottle of this which was bottled in 2015 meaning instead of the 15 year old age statement, it is actually 20 years old. Considering Glendronach is an exceptionally reasonably priced tipple, this makes the deal so much sweeter. Now, let’s get onto the tasting.
In the glass, it’s massively full bodied with thick, slow, viscous legs. The colour is that of ancient amber, tree sap or a tincture of Demerara sugar.
On the nose we’ve got spices reminiscent of a good quality Chai. Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace. It has a pungent sweetness from the Oloroso casks, gorgeous aromas of burning sugar, sweet Medjoul dates and ripe figs.
On the palate, it’s decadently sweet. A rich dram laced with heaps of candied peel, black pepper and molasses. The finish on this dram lingers, it is so full bodied and rich, it is like a liquidised Christmas pudding that just seems to stick to your palate.
This really is a fantastic dram. If I were to blind taste this in a bar, I would believe it if I were told it was a £100 bottle. Its retail price when it was available was around £45, which, for what is actually a 20 year old whisky is a phenomenal deal. If you are lucky enough to see a bottle of this for sale, do yourself a favour and pick it up. You won’t regret it.