Color: rusty brown Nose The moment has come, the whisky is in the glass. I think I can hear my heartbeat. Or are the drums and pipes? Scotland is at the door. Unbearably exciting. The whisky lights up in the glass and makes the world around me dark. I breathe in. Sweet, heavy sherry. Raisins, caramel and honey. Slightly fermented and sulphurous, the whisky passes my nose. The first encounter reminded strongly of an older single cask bottling from the Olorosfass. The sherry is very dominant and the barrels are probably from a time when good and especially old sherry casks were still affordable and sufficiently available. Anyway, you have to praise Glendronach anyway, the tactic of that time, to invest a large sum in the procurement of barrels, now pays off. But wait, a trap lurks here! According to the official description, no sherry casks were used before maturing in port casks, but barrels made of European oak (!). So, the port disguises itself as Oloroso and plays his part even Oscar suspects. Freshly cut oranges. I can see her. They sting with their cooling freshness through the heavy port. A subtle, but noticeable, sourish (grapefruit) comes together has also emerged. It counterpoints the honey notes and the previous harmony of the other flavors. Leather, turmeric, milk chocolate and earthy notes come on and now determine the nose. Fantastic. Interestingly, he smells like a Sunday roast now and then. Hearty spicy. I have to keep reminding myself to stay impartial and hide the hype surrounding this bottle. I admit to succeed only partially. Errare humanum est. So far, I have to say that the (non-existent) sherry dominates here and the port "only" the sulfur and the earthy notes. Very confusing. There are no sherry casks at bottling! On to the tongue. Let's see how the flavors change afterwards. Warm and oily on the tongue. Cinnamon and honey. There they are again, the oranges. It stays calm in the mouth. A pleasant, full mouthfeel. Plums and something bitter, but not really identify. Lots of oak and cocoa. Cranberries! They fit very well to describe the tart fruit. It is similar to the 18 'Tawny Port, but much deeper and heavier. It seems as if between both bottlings are 10 years and not only 2. The 46 percent fit perfectly with the variety of flavors. More alcohol would only complicate a longer differencing of the notes. Here it is clear that no sherry, but port is involved. The finish is mild and determined by honey, caramel and mild spices. After a while, the mouth gets a little dry. Conclusion The nose does not change anymore. She holds her flavors and allows me to perform a second, extended nosing. A very I'm not a big fan of the "non-Sherry Glendronachs". Moscatel and Madeira I found too weak and their hype not nearly fair. The Tawny Port series, however, I find really good and more suitable for Glendronach. You do not need to talk about a PLV anymore, as the bottle can not be bought now under € 400-500. I am glad that I also had this rarity in my glass and that I liked it very much.