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The first ever peated offering of Glendronach, and a new core range release. Billy Walker hand his team at BenRiach Distillery Co. have made hay with their peated expressions of BenRiach. It was a logical extension to make a peated version of Glendronach too. It isn't old, BenRiach only bought Glendronach in 2008, so this whisky isn't likely to be older than 6 or 7 years, but don't let that get in your way. Other peated malts like Kilchoman have shown well at as young as 3 years. Bottled at 46% without colouring or chill-filtering the whisky has been matured in sherry from peated malt. In some way it is a truer style to what the distillery would have first produced in 1826, than what they produce today! The whisky was matured in Ex-Bourbon and finished in Oloroso and PX Sherry.
Andrew's Tasting Note
Nose: honey, Glosette raisins and hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick by the peat fire; juicy malt and clean smoke with marmalade and green grasses.
Palate: very honeyed, more dark fruits: Glosette raisins and prosciutto warp figs with date bars; only a hint of smoke at the start but successive waves bring phenols and gradually build up the strength of the peat; still very juicy and malty, the smoke is clean and ashy, not unlike BenRiach's with late soft leather and tobacco adding weight.
Finish: honey, malt, dark fruits and clean ashy smoke linger long.
Comment: not as heavily peated in feel as the BenRiach Curiositas or most peated Islay whiskies, and a little bolder than that in standard Benromachs; the interplay between the sherry notes and the youthful moderately peated malt creates a fine balance!
Distiller's Tasting Note:
Nose: A delightful aroma of ripe gooseberreis dusted with cinnamon sugar combines with a contrasting crisp citrus twist. The delicate peat influence gives a smouldering charred wood character filled with freshly ground barley and hints of vanilla toffee.
Palate: Vibrant oak spices and floral heather honey develop to rosehips and barley sugars, all warmed by a touch of white pepper. Subtle peat notes complement the palate by giving a delicate depth and dryness of glowing campfire embers.
Finish: A unique marriage of crisp fruit and barley-laden Highland characteristics surrounded by gentle peat smoke, intriguingly reminiscent of heather burning in the distant glens.
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