A wonderful fruitiness flows from the glass with dark fruits like ripe cherries, boiled plums, raisins ... combined with lighter fruits like Granny Smith apples, currants and a few drops of lime juice. The fruitiness is complemented by a very pleasant sweetness, thoughts of jam and a little honey buzz in my head. The Oloroso barrels provide a great spiciness that lies gently over the sweet fruits. Dark chocolate with pepper and well integrated tannins from the barrels provide a counterpoint. A touch of menthol cools the nose and in the background a very fine note is noticeable, which reminds me of sweet pastries. The flavors can convince me ... and I keep my fingers crossed that it will go on in the mouth just as great.
The 46% are well chosen here, the whisky has a pleasant start. Plum jam and raisins take up the mouth, but are quickly degraded to a supporting role by a strong spiciness with a lot of pepper, a little ginger, a hint of leather, tobacco and espresso. The Allardice is much more spicy in the mouth than in the nose, even if the fruitiness no longer plays the main role, it remains present throughout. The fruits are not as sweet this time as in the nose. I no longer have an association of jam, it is rather a dry, spicy fruitiness, as you know it from many Olorosa ripening. But everything is very pleasant and tasty. Nevertheless, I have to say here that the spiciness is too dominant compared to the role in smelling. But that's complaining at a high level!
The finish is medium long with pepper, some ginger, a hint of cinnamon ... and again with plum jam, raisins and the tannins of the barrels with a subtle leather and wood note. A great finish that could be a little longer. But that leads to another sip.
A great whisky! It doesn't always have to be a single cask, there are some whiskys from the standard range of distilleries that can really convince. And at Glendronach you can't go wrong with the 15, 18 or 21! These are all great whiskys and fans of sherry barrel maturation should have tried all three of these Glendronachs. Even if the prices have increased in recent years: here you get something for the money!
I give 90/100 points. A great whisky that is definitely worth the money!