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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 2006 SMWS 96.14
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.52 points
After falling for this at the SMWS in Greville Street in February [blog87], I really had to have a bottle.
N: Youthful yet suitably matured, mildly smoked and flawless barley spirit. That’s an ideal start isn’t it? Besides the spirity onion/vinegar, there are also nutty, salad-y, paint and oily/briny qualities to enjoy. Perfect simplicity and really, flawless for its class.
T: Rocket fuel deliciousness. Only in context of some other malts do I pick up the now fairly obvious though subtle peated maltings. Also, a little road tar, those [racist, yep] ‘skin coloured’ fabric plasters, generic tasting Chinese wheat/peanut snacks [that shops such as Holland & Barrett love to premiumize], peanut butter, peanut>crisps and nutty/woody vanilla satay - the whole presentation coming with a warming aniseed heat. Later reflections speak of a chalky & lively/bite-y fruit citrus spirit with a salivating sharpness. The grapefruit citrus barley is ever present though it creams up with water.
F: Really neat youthful form with plenty of varied ‘notch’ stages throughout that include a peppery & herbal sour cream freshness with caramel and more grapefruit. Hard yet thin icing sugar with water. Further down the bottle I found a resinous wine/PX fresh dryness at the end [water is key], with a sharp clean, metallic barley-cream conclusion.
C: It’s young but not necessarily lacking, even in context of tonight’s tasting treats that included Banff 1964, Tamdhu 1960, Glen Grant’s 1972 & 1953 [blog], as well as a 1984 Yamazaki & 1983 Karuizawa [report to follow]. This is a lovely young Dronach that I can’t fault, and why would I? This one floated my boat.Scores a B[-]
Though I had only mildly enjoyed 96.11 [blog], a single cask refill bourbon Glendronach isn’t something I come across other than at the SMWS - and this only is the SMWS’s 14th offering ever. So I veer away from my sherry direction and settle in for a bourbon show.
N: The distillate is showcased here, so there’s no surprise the cask is a [bourbon] refill - a 'decent’ refill that isn’t still hyper. Notes of soft white cheeses, ice gems, foam packaging, lime pieces, other dryish fruits, Eccles cake pastry, custard pastries, cinnamon & pepper.
T: Very decent barley cream, finely salted and moderately sweet. Salivating with water, this is a comfort blanket for the palate that oozes barley gold. Though descriptor-light it’s full of flavour with beautiful body weight. Goats cheese into the finish, evolving later towards more cream pastries and white>milk chocolate.
F: Not long but continues to hum that sweet/sour cream barley tune.
C: Lovely juice, but why bottle this one so early? Feels like it could have easily been left for years, but what do I know? Certainly one to buy with half a hope that OBE in 30 years time will transforms this into a mini masterpiece. More likely it will disappear as a session dram soon enough. Can’t wait!Scores a B
- Edgy at first but then nice malty and floral! Again and again the association comes to Auchentoshan! Overall okay! 86+ After repeated tasting: 87P.
Vanilla, citrus, wood / oak, slightly sourish flavors, a bit like prosecco, glue; later, beautiful floral, malty and sweet aromas develop;
Grapefruit, tidy oak / wood, a bit bitter; finally comes back this malty sweetness and beautiful floral aromas, slightly perfumed;
Oak full, ginger, pronounced floral aromas!
- CASK No. 96.14
Juicy, oak & vanilla
Price £57.10 This was ‘love at first sniff’ – sweet and smooth, engaging and irresistible aromas of juicy cranberries in an orange Bundt cake, pan fried strawberries with vanilla and rosemary syrup and junks of juicy Crimson sweet watermelon. The taste neat had the spritzy tingle of a cocktail with Champagne and strawberry lime liqueur or a slightly spicy fruit-flavoured wheat beer with a sweet finish of Bakewell tart and cinnamon rolls. With water it felt like we’ve known each other forever – a warm embrace of strawberry & white chocolate mille-feuille and custard vanilla slice, whilst on the palate crème anglaise and crepes with a raspberry-cassis sauce.