Paid: $95 for 700ml
Distilled/Owned by: GlenDronach / Brown-Forman
Aged For: 18 years on the bottle, likely longer based on my reading
Mashbill: 100% malted barley
Cask Type: Oloroso Sherry
Chill Filtered: No
Color Added: No
Drank: Neat, in a glencairn
Color: Almost like a red wine, dark oak
Nose: Cherry, fruit cake, raisins, sherry, and a slight waft of alcohol. Very juicy and fruity.
Taste: Bold Sumatran coffee, orange citrus, maple syrup, oloroso, and creamy dark chocolate.
Finish: Silky, ginger, figs, praline. Good warmth and fruity linger.
Thoughts: Complex, fruity, bold. As a Macallan lover, I’d pick this up any day over the Mac 18, especially given the price difference. The ABV is just right to give it the perfect mouthfeel without overpowering or sacrificing flavors.
Score: 90 out of 100