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

€ 130.18

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 21-year-old Parliament

81 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.23 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-years 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.

    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 sulphurous impressions.  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-years "Parliament" have a quite different taste that I call "modern-style sherry".
    • Nose
      90 90
      All three batches are about a tawny colour 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. All three offer a typical old-style sherry nose. 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 sulphurous aromas (matches) so I declare NOV as a winner.
    • Taste
      89 89
      All drams own a very sweet old-style sherry profile (I guess there are quite a few paxarette-treated casks in these batches) which is simply adorable. Lots of different flavours roll in several waves over my taste buds. 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 sulphurous 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
      89 89
      As the texture promised all drams arrive bold and instantly coating on the palate with minor drying moments (ashes) of NOV and some peppery moments of MAR. Here I choose SEP as winner closely followed by MAR and NOV. 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 sulphurous notes (matches). MAR shows minor astringent moments from tannins which are 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 minor sulphurous flavours mostly in SEP (and lesser in NOV) I like these drams better when neat.

  2. [2stoned] aKu scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wow, a heavy, strong sherry bomb, the 48 vol.% Are very good and should not necessarily dilute / must. This is a Whisky that comes with the club, from the nose to the finish just brutal and delicious. The PX notes are more clearly represented here than those of the Oloroso sherry. You should not, you have to have tried and the PLV is also great. TOP Single Malt!
    • Nose
      Heavy strong PX sherry, sweet warm plum compote with chocolate sauce, blackberries, tart notes of blackcurrant, some sour cherry, now and then a very light but not disturbing note of sulfur
      1] (with a few drops of water): mild, elegant, berry compote, touch roasted coffee beans
      2] (with more water, approx. 40 vol.%): Even more restrained, but some rather floral scents get through, the sulfur becomes a bit clearer
    • Taste
      voluminous, slightly oily, sweet, red plums, blackberries, dark chocolate, oak, strongly roasted walnuts
      1] soft, mild, chocolate, dark berries, slightly nutty hazelnut perhaps
      2] very soft, aromas only very flat there, looks watered down
    • Finish
      very long, slightly sweet at first, and then drier, a lot of wood, 80% dark chocolate, slightly burnt caramel, a touch of gingerbread
      1] medium long, dry, dark chocolate remains quite strong
      2] short, slightly bitter, burnt plum jam

  3. ThS scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely beautiful! Where is the distillate? Except in the notes of hot wax, no idea! But frankly, it's too good! Absolute symbiosis, alchemy is total. It is certainly purely subjective and physiological, but frankly, what does it matter! I never felt that, neither with a wine nor with a spirit. Memorable.
    L061459; bot: 15/12/2011 Miniature
    • Nose
      Pure oloroso! Dried ceps, green nuts, chalk, dry black grapes, balsamic vinegar. An oloroso at 48%, nothing more, but perfectly round, balanced and layered. Over time, a discreet frangipane is felt.
    • Taste
      Wow ... Pure roundness, pure delicacy of oloroso, for who appreciates this wine. Bold, round, oily to perfection. Melted wood, if it could exist! Waxy texture and flavor. Magnificent balance and, for only complexity, which is not nothing, the one typical of the oloroso ... A small note sexy and tart unexpected! Impossible to swallow! So present in the mouth, and with such a natural and such an aura! Never tasted that!
    • Finish
      Endless. Oloroso sticky, saline, almost alkaline. Oloroso is exhaled, it becomes a barrel all by itself! We are the wood, we are the time ... An incredible emotion!

  4. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    HS305 has already described this very well. That's why I got this bottle. Not cheap but what a wonderful whisky. Yes, in the 80s they actually had even better sherry casks and maybe there were one or two paxarett casks with them. I compared it to a later 21er Parliament and it was actually a little better. Exact tasting comes later.

  5. keizerjos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful color of dark cognac and an overwhelming smell of tobacco, leather, salty licorice and sherry of course. No, this is not ashamed of anything. In the mouth full and quite sensational. Chocolate, soft as mousse, sweet tobacco, less bitter and dry than the 18YO. Rightly so the big brother. The aftertaste is meters long. I think it's great, and contrary to custom, really better than the 18Y Allardice that I have next to it and also taste it. In terms of aroma, it cannot be used at all, is softer and less pompous, but also less challenging.

  6. 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

  7. 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-

  8. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. 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

  10. 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


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