It’s been a while  since I enjoyed a bottle of Glendronach’s Parliament. So why buy a bottle in 2020? In the unlikely event that you missed it, the thinking goes that Glendronach’s 21yo currently holds whisky aged around the 24/25 year-old mark, due to the distillery being mothballed between 1996 and 2002. So, with distillate no older than 1995/6, you are essentially getting a 25yo whisky for just under a £100 [when on offer]. Further reading: WoW
N: I remember the Parliament being more resinous & ‘finished’ three years ago, and then darker, bitter, murkier, bitter, and even frail around eight years ago, as if the juice was coming apart at the seams. This year , on balance, we’re good from the off with a consistently pleasing aromatic comfort blanket, though it is very sweet.
T: This does so many things so well. On the other hand – as the nose indicated – it comes with a sugary sherry-seasoned glupe that some will love and others may tire of. At the heel of the bottle, it’s more on leathery briny plastic-y prunes and a sloe note [Serge nails it again], yet it remains peppery~gacky-vanilla-candy-sweet to the point that – much like a more dubious Thai meal – you start to wonder whether it’s as low-calorific as you had thought/hoped.
F: There’s no denying the cask maturity which brings deliciousness in the form of grassy-sawdusty/oak-dry bitter-sweetness and a desirable huskiness with a squidgy depth that can’t be conjured without those two+ decades in casks. At the heel, it’s the synthetic leathery-dry Garibaldi raisin-y dehydrated-oils and sootiness that offers appeal to the last. It’s just such a shame it’s all so syruped.
C: Same same but different, it’s the same story ever since I started buying and drinking bottles of the Parliament ten years ago. Simply put, this [often very] affordable and well-aged sherry-matured Glendronach is, as ever, incredibly enjoyable whisky. Just don’t expect an elaborate odyssey.