Sunday, December 28, 2014

The GlenDronach Revival 15 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky

- $60
- 92 Proof
- 15 Years
- Region: Highlands

This bottle was given to me as a birthday present from my in-laws.  I gotta say, they have fine taste in selecting such a gift!  I had never had anything from the GlenDronach distillery, so I was very eager to give this a try.  I found myself frequently going back to this bottle, even when I had other options available to me.

This Highland single malt was matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks, and the nose as well as the flavor profile show it.  The sherry scent overwhelms, muting the typical alcohol and barley aromas.  The whisky is darker, indicative of its age (and the darker color was apparently the primary factor for my father-in-law in selecting this particular bottle). 

It is definitely a fruity whisky, but it's well-balanced by the other flavors.  It is heavy on the sherry, but also has notes of dark fruits like blackberry and plum mixed well with a mild citrus quality.

Those fruity tones, however, give way quickly to toffee and chocolate flavors that seem to blend perfectly with the sherry finish. 

The sherry and dark chocolate linger in the back of the throat long after each sip, reminiscent of dark chocolate covered strawberries or cherries (though not quite).

Sherry whisky is not everybody's cup of tea, and understandably so.  But, as far as they go, this is one of the better ones I've tried, and when I'm in the mood for such a dram, I wouldn't hesitate to reach for this one.

Grade: B+

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