The Glendronach Distillery is certainly known for its sherry heavy whiskies. The Allardice 18y and Parliament 21y are staples in any sherry whisky junkie's cabinet, but what happens if we crank it to 11? Some of my favorite whiskies are PX matured or finished, and it can be hit or miss. One can get either sublime sweetness or over-the-top heat and spice. A 19 year old, PX matured whisky with this color(!) could be either.
I should also mention that I know that this whisky needs a few drops of water to suit my palate (no surprise, perhaps). I've had it before so I won't waste any review space to add the non-watered notes. It just gets a little bit too hot.
Brown sherry (1.9). It's dark.
Syrup, raisins. A very heavy sweetness. Leather and a bit leafy.
Surprisingly light mouthfeel, but with a decent sting. It's challenging to let it hang around on the tongue for long. Big and spicy.
Quite winey, hints of the same finish that some heavy red wines can give you. Sweet of course, a little nutty. Long finish with a little licorice a some wood spice. Maybe sandalwood?
It does provide quite a challenge, and it requires just the right amount of water to shed its outer defense layer of heat and spice. Once it does though - it's a perfect sweet dessert whisky, if that's a thing. Great with chocolate. Do you like rum? You're gonna love this. Don't like sweet whiskies? Not for you. You will kind of get what you expect here. I expected it to be good. It is. A little sprawling perhaps, but that's natural for a single cask. As a final note - beware! I found that it will behave quite differently between tasting occasions so your mileage will probably vary.
85 / 100