Glendronach 21-year-old Parliament

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
11 Sep 2011 2:44 pm

Average value

€ 163,95

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 21-year-old Parliament

79 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.20 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017]  Tonight I am in the mood for a long-planned experiment:  To find out the differences between several batches of the same standard whisky release.  When this 21-year old Glendronach "Parliament" was first released I bought a bottle of the first three batches each that are bottled on September, 20th, 2011 (SEP) and November, 22nd, 2011 (NOV) and March, 3rd, 2012 (MAR).  I did this because all these releases contain the great Glendronach vintages from 1989/90 (when the use of paxarette was still allowed) and I paid just 80 Euro for each bottle.

    Colour:  All three batches are about tawny with a slightly paler shade of NOV than the two others (but this is just a minimal difference).  The texture shows a few slow legs with all three and late fat, sticky tears with SEP while the tears of NOV are smaller and of MAR bigger than SEP. 

    Nose:  All three offer a typical old style sherry profile.  Nevertheless there are differences:  SEP and MAR are sweeter and richer than NOV with SEP even a littler richer than MAR.  In terms of complexity NOV offers the most aromas closely followed by SEP.  MAR owns lesser nuances than the other two but more wooden notes.  I vote for a draw between SEP and NOV and 1 point less for MAR.  After adding some water SEP shows some sulphury aromas (matches) so I declare NOV as a winner.  

    Initial mouthfeel:  As the texture promised all drams arrive bold and instantly coating on the palate with slight drying moments (ashes) of NOV and some peppery moments of MAR.  Here I choose SEP as winner closely followed by MAR and NOV.  

    Taste:  All drams own a very sweet old style sherry profile (I guess there are quite a few paxarette-treated casks in these batches) that is simply adorable.  Lots of different flavours roll in several waves over the tastebuds.  Hard to name them all but SEP is more on sulphured raisins while NOV adds some herbs and spices to this and MAR shows more wooden flavours without the sulphury off-notes.  Quite interesting to explore these differences (on a high level of commonalities, of course).  Personally I like MAR best closely followed by NOV and then SEP.

    Finish:  All three own a very long and sticky finish that slowly vanishes in different waves, really nice.  SEP is very paxarette-sweet here while NOV is more complex and balanced.  Both again with some sulphury notes (matches).  MAR shows a slight adstringent note from tannins that is not unpleasant at all.  Again I prefer MAR here again followed by NOV and SEP.

    Water turns the whiskies smoother and even sweeter with NOV benefitting most from some drops added.  As the water releases some slight sulphury flavours mostly in SEP (and lesser in NOV) I like these drams better when neat.

    A very interesting experience.  All in all the three batches are very similar to each other but when compared head-to-head they show some differences too:  SEP is more paxarette driven, NOV more complex and balanced and MAR is paxarette with more wooden notes and without sulphur.  Personally I like MAR best followed by NOV and SEP.  

    PS:  As the Scotch Whisky Association banned the use of paxarette in 1990 all later releases of the 21-year "Parliament" have a quite different taste that I call "modern style sherry".
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. jjkmlss scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Not to my taste mates, but must be excellent for sherry lovers
    • Nose
      Blackcurrants, plum, nuts, brown sugar, caramel brulee, cocao
    • Taste
      As sour as ketchup-ed mashed potatoes, plum, black cherries, ground coffee & damped wood
    • Finish
      Long with oak, dark fruit and overcooked pecan

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    This has just won the ‘Best Scotch Highland Single Malt’ award at the World Whisky Awards 2018.

    N: Vinegary sherry malt, one rather lighter and more shallow than I remembered it being only a few years ago when it was a mere £66 a bottle.
    T: The casks are humble enough to allow the barley juice to ride above the previous sherry contents.
    F: Signs of a youthful 21yo. PX>oloroso. 
    C: A totally different beast to bottles released only a few years ago. Those old Parliament’s were creaking at the seams and I miss that, not that they were necessarily any better. Scores a B-

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    wow tastes the old - much drier and spicier, but less sour than modern bottlings
    • Nose
      Complex oak, wood dust, leather jacket, old wine barrel, balsamic vinegar, plums, tobacco leaves, cherry jam - fresh fine fruity acid, deep sweetness, chocolate, tannins - the smell of old cellar.
    • Taste
      full-bodied leather, oak - a mouthfeel as if oak wood particles float in my mouth, sweet-sour raisins, rum cherries, tobacco leaves, dry - slightly astringent - fresh acidity - at the same time sweet-sweet
    • Finish
      Teriyaki sauce, nougat, cocoa, tobacco, chalk, quite dry, leather belt

  6. stoigniew scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nice dessert whisky. Quite high note, but only for this old version of Parliament (bottled 2011). 

    89 / 100
    • Nose
      Raisins, wine, dried figs, dates, toffee, pear compote, plum compote, delicate skin notes, cinnamon, marzipan, dried plums, truffles
    • Taste
      Medium mouthcoating, sherry wine, oranges, plums, plum jam
    • Finish
      quite long, wine notes, orange peel, cinnamon, dessert chocolate at the end slightly drying

  7. WhiteEagle scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2012]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 80 Euro in February, 2012.

    [January, 2015]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 78 Euro in February, 2013.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90 both times.  My notes state a close to perfection modern sherry profile.  Simply delicious and dangerously quaffable...

  9. fgg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. fgg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very mature dram, rich and complex.
    • Nose
      Full sherry nose, wood tones, some bitter fruit notes.
    • Taste
      Full creamy taste. Rich in wood flavors, sweet and bitter fruit.
    • Finish
      Lange finish.


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