What to say? An old, PX-laden beauty from Glendronach. Let's go.

1.7 (Burnt umber)

Nose

Obviously sherry, but less raisins than PX usually entails. I think I would have a very hard time to distinguish this from an Oloroso bottling. The usual - rich, deep, sweet. Quite a sting. Marmalade, slightly metallic, and cocoa.

Palate

Huge. Oily, dry, coarse. Citric with rum-like sweetness.

Finish

Tons of spice. Starts off dry but without losing the underlying sherry bomb qualities. Wood spices (sandalwood), tea.

A delicious bomb to be sure, but I think I expected a bit more from this age compared to younger Glendronach Single Casks I've tried. Maybe it spent a few years too much in the cask - perhaps the spice took over a little too much. I'd like some more complexity and depth, if I dare to complain a bit. Didn't have the resources to add water to this one (from a sample) - so a small disclaimer there. Still - no regrets!

Score

83 / 100
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