A few days ago, I had the pleasure to taste a very rare Glendronach 42yo. Single PX Sherry Cask with my good buddy Konstantin from „It’s dram o‘clock“ (you can check out his new YouTube channel here). As expected, this session turned out to be a very singular and special experience.
Beautiful! Really, the first word that comes to mind is just „beautiful“. This one needs time…. Huge notes of brown sugar, dried raisins, maple syrup, antique balsamic vinegar, menthol, blackberries and the finest cassis liqueur. Teakwood, furniture polish and damp wine cellar. Delicate fruit acid, meaty rancio and whiffs of cigar tobacco. The richness of this nose is almost overwhelming.
Creamy and velvety arrival. Old cassis liqueur, the most expensive chocolate, walnuts and freshly brewed espresso. Very leathery! A wonderful, creamy and fruity balsamic acidity appears. Stunning complexity and very „alive“ for it’s age! In the finish is where the oak speaks loudest: herbal and pronounced leathery notes, rich espresso and drops of sweet and salty hoisin sauce remain.
A stellar cask! Really, this dark sherry oldtimer is a classic masterpiece. At this age, you might be afraid that the oak would just dominate and kill any complexity, but this one just goes to show that these old sherry casks are some of the best things the scottish whisky industry has to offer. It could need a few more %ABV for one or two extra points, but this is just fantastic as it is. Both Konsti and me agreed that this one is fully worth it’s hefty price tag. If you can get a sample, try it! /92