Glendronach 21-year-old Parliament

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 200.00

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 21-year-old Parliament

85 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.24 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. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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.

  3. [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

  4. 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!

  5. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Drones (89)
    • Nose
      Nuts, leather, varnish, dried fruits, wood… sweet berries. Deeper mushrooms, cherries. Aromas sticky, mineral and fresh (22,5)
    • Taste
      Wood, rose hips, varnish sweet berries, black tea (22)
    • Finish
      In the finish, viscous wood, polish, grass, toothpaste, light medical motifs (22.5)

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It’s been a while [2016] 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 [2020], 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.


  7. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    96 / nose
    Ripe sweet grapes with crisp acidity and
    wonderful sweetie. Butter, raisins, minimal
    A hint of sulfur that doesn't bother you. After a while
    there is even a very nice fragrance
    Cigar box. Hard to beat.

    Palate / 90
    Strong sherry notes, less sweet than the nose promises,
    Raisins, bittersweet, wood notes stand out more strongly.
    Unfortunately, the acid from the nose is much weaker.
    But now a little peppery.

    Departure / 86
    Cooling and drying effect, slightly bitter
    Wood notes that become more pronounced after a while
    and linger a long time. Peppery. Not very spectacular.

    Conclusion: wonderful nose. I want to sniff it forever.
    Palate still very good with a but then something
    Unspectacular dry - peppery finish.
    Soon another repetition with water.

  8. herby.usa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is exactly what I was allowed to taste yesterday (and I still have my tasting notes from my own Parliament ready [a little younger -> so definitely no paxarette]).
    • Nose
      89 89
      Heavy sherry on the nose
      Furniture / leather polish
      Sultanas, "black" sweet berries,
      Coffee grounds flavors, rust flavors
      Sweetness (candy, honey, nectar)

      Overall "heavy" sweetness with sherry and coffee aromas.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Pure sherry (already intrusive - you have to like it)
      dark berries, sultanas, heavy sweetness, becomes nutty
      oily soft - really creamy, coffee / mocha
      Cedar scent, vanilla and gingerbread, dark chocolate

      (Head cinema: Sit in a Chesterfield wing chair, dark room filled with pleasant Sherry smells, in front of me a whisky barrel table and fruit bowl with dark, sweet fruits).
    • Finish
      89 89
      Surprisingly only persistent for a medium period.
      Especially coffee / mocha, sweetie

      Compared to the tasting notes on my bottle: no difference. Conclusion: nice consistent notes regardless of the year of bottling.

  9. 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.

  10. 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


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