We’ve highlighted the GlenDronach distillery before, that was originally led by one James Allardice. GlenDronach are well-known for producing some of the most beautiful sweet, sherried style Scotch Whisky on the market today, largely owed in part to Billy Walker. While GlenDronach has made a name for itself, it has long been the key to Teacher’s blends. As mentioned before, GlenDronach are very well know for producing Scotch matured in ex-sherry Oloroso & Pedro Ximenez casks, which give rich, sweet and creamy notes. However, this particular dram is not from their core range but something from their wood finishes range. This Tawny Port Finish expression was initially matured in European oak and thereafter finished its maturation in a very small batch of Tawny port casks, which has given this dram a very elegant nose and palate.
On the nose: you’ll be welcomed by sweet notes of golden syrup and a cherry compote, closely followed by vanilla, honey and a contrasting note of grapefruit. These initial notes are succeeded by notes of a peppery nature, cinnamon and sweeter notes of wine soaked raisins and nutmeg. Rounding off the nose is a whisper of herbs and toasted oats. On the palate: those initial sweet notes of golden syrup are present, followed by honey, mixed fruits, vanilla, and some crisp, tort cranberries. These are followed by cinnamon, nutmeg, as well as butterscotch, stewed plums and roasted apples. Rounding-off the palate are notes of a nutty nature, warm cigar box and fruit cake. The finish: is long, sweet and peppery, with lingering rich fruits and a warm nuttiness.
The verdict: This limited release, GlenDronach 18-year-old, Tawny Port Finish is, in my opinion, everything you could want from a rich but yet complex GlenDronach. While the core range offers more whiskies that are heavily sherried, this Tawny Port finish has got a perfect balance of lighter, fruitier, summery notes combined with Glendronach’s signature sherry undertones that you will find in the 12, 18 and 21-year-old expressions. With an ABV of 46%, 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.
Glendronach 18 Year Old Tawny Port Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be found for approximately £120 online or in some specialist whisky shops.
For more information on The 18-year-old Old Tawny Port Finish, visit the official GlenDronach website.