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Monday, February 20, 2012

GlenDroach 18 Year Old: Tasting Notes

The GlenDronach 18 year old (now called Allardice)  is a single sherried malt that is not chill filtered and exhibits its natural color. It matures in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks.

 ABV 46%


Color: Tawny gold highlights. As I swirl the contents in the glass, it clings, slightly oily in nature. Long after the swirling is done, it holds to the glass.

Nose: It is a "present" whisky. Not shy. The olfactory system works overtime to decipher the many subtle aromas within its boldness. You can "sense" the Spanish Oloroso sherry casks influences. Intensely focused, fruity.

Flavor: A bit of smoke with a hint of peat. It lasts upon the tongue.

Finish: A long finish with hints of cherries, chocolate, and peat.

With Water

Color: No change. It still clinks to the glass as I swirl...but with less tenaciousness.

Nose: Lighter, less intense. Fruity. Peat (?) highlights.

Flavor: Still present. Little change from the neat state.

Finish: The warmth is present, the flavor becomes slightly muted. It lasts...nicely.

MainosMusings Rating 3Ms+ MMM+s. If it wasn't for the Peat/Smoke, I would have rated it higher. DM

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