Whisky Review: The Glendronach “Grandeur” Aged 24 Years Batch 006

Style: Rich and Elegant

Nose:
Cool spearmint plating on an intricate dark fruits puzzle – fragments of Demerara sugar, cinnamon bark, Ukrainian plum, prunes and almonds piecing together beautifully. Round and rich aroma with an appetizing acidity to it. Raisin caramel sauce at perfect density. Toasty malt sits at the bottom.

Palate:
Sweet, beautiful Oloroso signature portrayed with breathtaking finesse. Ringing a black fruits glissando, ruby grape juice, purple plums, raisins and chocolate lava cake with a deft white flower touch, all manifest so delicately yet with quite a fulfilling texture. Brown sugar mildly torched on crème brulee and almond croissants while coal amber burning gently. Toasted malt buttered by peppermint chocolate sauce, chocolate getting darker, until the sweetness gradually fading away. Beautiful.

Finish:
Christmas cake goes with a running stream of chocolate fondue. Toss in a couple of frosty mentos, delicious strawberry jam finish.

Thoughts:
Glendronach presented at a brilliantly refined form. Not often you can find a delicate balance in ultra-sherried malts, especially not in modern sherry bombs. But when you call it “Grandeur” you would probably expect a little extra elegance, I guess? A grand spectrum of dark fruits building a rich, complex structure which you will have no trouble to indulge dram after dram. An elegant and extravagant malt. Bravo.

☆ ☆ [Highly Recommended]

[48.9% • Distillery Bottling • 2014 Bottled • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Limited Edition • Batch 006 • 830 of 1180 Bottles • Matured in Oloroso Butts]

-Esmond