Dram Review: The GlenDronach Single Cask Aged 21 Years (Cask No. 5405)

[49.9%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1991・Bottled in 2013・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 702 Bottles]

Nose:

There is a dusty feeling, earthy with a condense reduction of simmering strawberries and prunes conveying that stickiness.  A certain smoky note amidst things with a brush of mint accompanying the syrupy aromas.

Palate & Finish:

Strawberry cubes but quite peppery and spicy, this dram extracts quite a lot of sweetness from the PX cask, chocolate and oak with some leather arriving late.

The sweetness stretches on.

Thoughts:

On paper this should be something I would rather enjoy: 49.9%, 21 years and Pedro Ximénez cask matured but alas this single cask didn’t quite pend out as well overall as I’d hoped..

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

P.S. Cheers Clifford for the wee dram, it’s much appreciated.

-Nicholas