We’ve posted tasting notes on pretty much every GlenDronach expression from their core range, of which included the 8, 12, 15 (discontinued), 18 and 21. They are without doubt, all truly delectable drops but every now and then the malt masters at GlenDronach release something a little extra special. This year, GlenDronach released the Kingsman Edition 1991 Vintage (limited hand-numbered bottles), a year personally selected by film director Matthew Vaughn, to mark the release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle – a fitting dram, seeing as it is his single malt whisky of choice. The GlenDronach 1991 Kingsman Edition, was chosen from some of the finest sherry casks the distillery has to offer, with a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez. Matured for over 25 years, this patient endeavour has created a style the is distinctively GlenDronach: richly sherried, elegant and full-bodied to the very last drop.
On the nose: there is a warm invitation of stewed dark fruits, currants, maple syrup, treacle and vanilla. There is welcomed viscous-like note in there among, walnuts, tobacco, a hint of a meaty note and a note I can only describe as old leather furniture. Notes of brown sugar start to emerge, followed by a rich waft of raisins and grape-vine. The nose is nicely rounded-off by a hints of orange zest and Norwegian cinnamon rolls. On the palate: those warm stewed fruits are ever-present, along with touches black grape and vanilla. After a few swirls in the glass, notes of plums are surrounded by hints of orange marmalade, cinnamon and warm Jamaican ginger cake. Rounding-off the palate is a hint of treacle, a leathery note, marzipan, tobacco and bitter dark chocolate. The finish: is long, smooth and sweet, with lingering muted spices, dark chocolate, walnuts and bergamot.
The verdict: This limited release of GlenDronach Kingsman Edition is just pure brilliance. Often, with releases like this, that co-inside with films and what not, you can be left a bit disappointed but this 25-year drop of liquid gold doesn’t let you down. It is distinctly GlenDronach but there is definitely something in there that makes it unique in flavour. It is well-balanced from nose to palate , with a plethora of rich notes. With an ABV of 48.2%, it doesn’t require any water in my opinion. Though if you feel the need to, then do so until it’s just right for you.
This GlenDronach Kingsman Edition 1991 Vintage 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is in limited supply, with only 2137 bottles available worldwide. It can be found in any well-stock whisky shop or online for approximately £550. It can also be found at online whisky auctions but be prepared to pay above its original RRP.
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