Review: GlenDronach 21-Year 1994 Single Cask #1189 Distillery Exclusive

Paid: $180 for 700ml via Auction

Distilled/Owned By: Glendronach / Brown-Forman

Region: Highland

54.1% ABV

Aged For: 21 Years, distilled Oct. 14 1994, bottled Oct. 2015

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: PX Sherry Puncheon

Chill Filtered:  No

Artificial Coloring: No

Other Info: Cask #1189, Bottle #84, Distillery Exclusive


Color: Old Oak

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Dry sherry, bitter orange peel, crushed mint, musty oak, black tea, coffee beans, heather, and chocolate chili powder

Feel:  Supple, but drying

Taste: Rich sherry, dried fruits, espresso, vanilla bean paste, black pepper, spicy oak, highland malted barley, cranberry, dark chocolate, and cherry brandy

Finish: Warm and long, with a drying effect. Amaretto, sherry, caramel, sprigs of mint and thistle, citrus, oak, buttery filo pastry, and bitter grape skins.

Thoughts: This tasted more of an oloroso profile than a PX one to me, but none the less is a complex and amazing dram. A good example of the rich powerful malt GlenDronach was producing before their closure in 1996. As you continue to drink it becomes sweeter and more easy going, but snap back to attention and you will be hit by various spectrum’s of the flavor wheel.

Score:  90 out of 100

Glendronach 22 Year 1994 PX Cask UK Exclusive

Glendronach 22 Year 1994 PX Cask UK Exclusive

Price: $225 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glendronach / Brown Forman

Region: Highland

53.2% ABV

Aged For: 22 years, distilled 1994

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: PX sherry, cask # 1376

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Burnt umber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Malt, walnut, sherry, blueberry, key lime pie, and dark chocolate

Feel: Rich

Taste: Rich sherry, dried fruits, blueberry, cocoa, caramel drizzle, and nuts

Finish: Warm and lasting, slight balsamic notes, prunes, fig, sweet oaky tannins, caramel, and vanilla

Thoughts: I love me some PX single cask Glendronach, it’s a goddamn shame the prices have become so outrageous as of late, I have a feeling Brown-Forman is positioning the brand to take on Macallan.

Score: 90 out of 100

Glendronach 15 Tawny Port Finish

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Paid: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glendronach / Brown Forman

Region: Highland

46% ABV

Aged For: 15 years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in Tawny Port casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Plums and raisins, rock candy, cognac, rose water, honey

Feel: Syrupy

Taste: Blueberry pancakes, vanilla, almonds, figs, strawberry, maple butter, chocolate

Finish: Medium length and long with a sweet dry warmth of chocolate, oak, berries, port. Plums, raisins, and custard

Thoughts: The nose doesn’t reveal the amazing taste and finish of this dram. Amazing stuff.

Score: 90 out of 100

Deanston 10 PX Finish

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Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Deanston / Distell

Region: Highland

57.5% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in PX sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Burnished

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Apple, raisin, sherry, almond, malt, vanilla, and ginger

Feel: Supple, waxy

Taste: PX sherry, caramel, chocolate, dried fruit, honey, oranges

Finish: Warms quickly, and leaves a lasting linger, spicy fruit, coffee, and chocolate, with leather, pepper, and licorice

Thoughts: I love Deanston’s unadulterated malts with a pastry crust flavor, and this just adds to it with the PX finish.

Score: 87 out of 100

 

Glenfarclas 21

Glenfarclas 21

Price: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenfarclas

Region: Highland

43% ABV

Aged For: 21-Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Dark Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oloroso sherry, ginger, oak, vanilla, leather, and dry nuts

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Dried fruits, sherry, nutty, pepper, and toffee

Finish: Medium warmth and length, apple cider, vanilla, caramel, oranges, ginger

Thoughts: I continue to enjoy Glenfarclas’ profile, but it never seems to really knock my socks off.

Score: 82 out 100

 

Edradour 14 Year 2002 Ibisco Cask #1413

Edradour 14 Year 2002 Ibisco Cask #1413

Price: $85 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Edradour / Signatory Vintage

Region: Highland

54.3% ABV

Aged For: 14 Years, Distilled 2002

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Sherry butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Dried fruits, citrus, ginger, vanilla, malt, cinnamon, sherry, and oak

Feel: Medium body, builds over time

Taste: Vanilla, white oak, pepper, sherry, cream, fruit, malt

Finish: Medium warmth and length, creamy vanilla and sherry, touch of berries and oak

Thoughts: A sherried malt with a heavy vanilla presence.

Score: 84 out of 100

Glenmorangie 18

Glenmorangie 18

Price: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenmorangie / LVHM

Region: Highland

43% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 18 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes


Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Honey, floral, malt, apples, custard, and fresh cut hay

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, honey, malt, oak, cream, and white pepper

Finish: Light warmth and medium length vanilla with a punch of pepper, orchard fruits and honey

Thoughts: I’m not the biggest fan of Glenmorangie, but this is a huge leap in taste for me from their 10 and 12 year malts. It’s a simple highlander that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Score: 80 out of 100