Something different from Glendronach's legendary 1993 vintage: a port cask maturation! On the nose: Dense and layered, initially a little shy but then there's a load of fruit and succulent sweetness. You'll have to take your time to deconstruct this one. Orange, apricot, plum, blueberry, passion fruit, fig and maraschino cherry. Then a milk chocolate/caramel combo, whipped cream, popcorn, molasses, marzipan and Crema Catalana. Some beeswax, pepper, almond, mint and a sour mustiness too.
In the mouth; oily, mouth coating and it behaves like an older sherried whisky, with a sour tang. This definitely was finished on port instead of matured. Orange, raisin, plum, apple, cherry and mango. Very fruity again and ofcourse the sweeter notes haven't disappeared either.
Caramel, Belgian praliné, jaffa cake, brown sugar and cotton candy. Leather, pepper, balsamic vinegar, walnut and a little smoked meat too. The finish is long. Sweetness lingers with caramel, walnut and ripe fruit.
This must have been a ruby port cask if I had to guess. Then again, 25 years on ex-port would kill a malt so I don't believe this was a full maturation. You can be honest, Glendronach.. I won't bat an eye this time as it is a delicious malt! Nowadays way too expensive, unfortunately.
Based on a sample.