Review #77: Glendronach 21 Parliament
The Glendronach distillery located in the Spey, in Forgue by the Huntly. The distillery is situated within a beautiful Victorian building, just off the B9001. The distillery hails back to the 1820s, but like many, it fell silent in the 1990s. A few years ago, along with BenRiach and Glenglassaugh, the distillery was bought by Brown, the international spirits company. Brown Forman sold off Southern Comfort a month earlier to pay for the new acquisition. Good trade!
Glendronach 21 is the top of the distillery’s core range. The spirit is aged in a combination of Pedro Ximenez (PX) and Oloroso sherry casks, and is a wondrous dram for sherry lovers like me.
Why the name? The spirit is named after the group of Rook birds, a whole “parliament” of them, that live in the trees near the distillery for the last 200 years.
- Score - 8.5/108.5/10
Nose: Plum, dried figs, honey and malt, apple and toast. Wonderfully decadent and sweet. Maple syrup, lemon candy, caramelized wood, and powdered sugar.
Palate: Ripe fruits, oranges, floral, overlaid on a background of dark prunes. It feels very “layered”. Unmistakable sherried plums on the mid palate. Chocolatey, creamy, and extremely rich mouth feel.
Finish: Layers of laquered wood and sherry alternating. Rich tannic finish.
Overall: 8.5/10. Exquisite
Bought for: $190 at the Whisky Shop
Quick overview of our scoring system
- ABV: 48%
- Located in Speyside.
- Distillery originally founded in 1826, distillery fell silent in the 1990s.
- Famous for richly sherried whiskies.