Here we have a 1993 Glendronach, bottled exclusively for The Whisky World in 2020. It’s spent 26 years in a single Pedro Ximénez puncheon, and packs white pepper and sherry-stewed apple in the nose. In the palate we have the sharpness of blackcurrant and raspberry, and a dose of espresso that leads into a beautifully-timed hit of sherry sweetness, balanced by dark and stewed fruits. Gentle tobacco and tannin evolve into an unctuous, warming finish.
Nose: Bold & assertive sweet spirit greets the nose with sherry-soaked stewed apples, light spices (ground white pepper, gentle nutmeg and faint cloves), ginger, and blackberry jam. There’s also a slight woody-dryness on the nose.
Held in the glass a little longer and notes of toffee, maple syrup, warm raisins, and chocolate appear.
Palate: Sweet with a gentle mouth-coating oily tingle. There’s an ever-so-faint note of tobacco smoke with some gentle drying tannins. Now an Espresso coffee bitter-bite appears followed by a beautifully timed hit of sherry sweetness. Lots of anticipated dark & stewed fruits are there as well. A Great balance.
Finish: Long, unctuous and warming with a lingering sweetness. Gentle tobacco stays on the palate for a long time.