Glendronach 40 yo 1971/2011 (47.5%, OB, PX Sherry puncheon, cask # 1248, 545 bottles)
We’ve already tried a handful of sister casks, all ex-PX puncheons. I
tend to prefer oloroso, but they were all to my linking. Colour: dark
amber. Nose: starts appropriately varnishy and even solventy, but that
should go away. And does go away. And then, we experience an avalanche
of red berries, rich black pipe tobacco, prunes, strawberry jam,
chocolate, juicy raisins and, indeed, old Pedro Ximenez. Touches of
cloves and aniseed in the background. Mouth: extremely rich, prune-y and
chocolaty. Plum jam, soft liquorice rolls, a spoonful of raspberry
liqueur, blackcurrants, marmalade, a touch of some kind of sweet curry
sauce, black raisins, coffee-schnapps… All rich and good, even if it
tends to become a tad grapey. Finish: quite long, still very rich, but
not exactly cloying. Liqueur-filled chocolate in the aftertaste.
Comments: no wonder this baby did so well at the Malt Maniacs Awards in
2011. A 1972 oloroso smashed it (no wonder), but it still won very solid
gold. SGP:651 - 91 points.