A big change of pace from the SMWS Ardmore that we started the night with, this 2019 bottling of the Glendronach Allardice 18 is an absolute oloroso sherry bomb that punches you in the face with a nose of California raisins and slightly burnt brown sugar. Even more fun, since the distillery was mothballed from '96-'02 the whisky in this bottle is much older than the 18 years old it purports to be!
1.7 (Burnt umber)
California raisins, caramelized brown sugar, stewed prunes, dusty pantry, stone fruits, port
Dark stone fruits, red plums, burnt sugars from an iron pan, lightly malted cereal grain
Complex but quick, not real lingering ethanol burn, surprisingly little tannins for how long the distillate was in the wood
I specifically sought out a 2019 bottling to take advantage of the older distillate thanks to the distillery's mothballing from '96-02 and I was not let down at all. This is a true sherry bomb and it did not disappoint. The only real flaw I see in this dram is the quickness of the finish, but then again all that does is have you reaching back for your glass to take another sip. Superb pour.
87 / 100