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Glendronach 21-year-old Parliament

Overall rating
89.07/100
votes
31
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
03.03.2012
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LF30125
Barcode
5060088793473
Added on
11 Jan 2014 4:56 pm by han wedge
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 123,60

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31 × member ratings

125 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 21-year-old Parliament

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.07 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
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. Ivynor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Version of September 20, 2012, not available on whiskybase.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very elegant nose, sherry, on dried fruits (hazelnut, walnut), dark chocolate sauce, mocha, a little spice. The whole is very melted and greedy, on plum and candied citrus fruits.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Semi dry Sherry, a little Armagnac, on hazelnut, mocha, dark chocolate, spices (cinnamon, pepper, vanilla), a little caramel, cooked plum, orange zest.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long finish, good sherry, marked by spices, wood, citrus fruits and dark chocolate.
      Excellent.

  3. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Oldest in the original core range but probably the least impressive of the bunch.
    Not a bad whisky, but can't seem to outweigh its younger brothers.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The PX casks rush to the front, that sweet red berry and blackcurrant note which jumps out. Some sharper notes in the way of balsamic vinegar. Some toasted almonds at the end.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Big arrival with plenty of spice, white pepper and cinnamon. Wood shows up, plenty of new oak with red berries making an appearance. Unfortunately theres a little off note in there, a touch of sulphur which takes away from good points.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Big on the burnt sugar, molasses and oak. Drying with some sour and sulphur notes.

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2013]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 72,50 Euro in March, 2013.

    [May, 2013]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 72,50 Euro in March, 2013.

    [November, 2015]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 72 Euro in November, 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 all times.  I took no notes as I knew this dram before.

  6. Maczet scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Gronqvist scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in the fall of 2012, in company with GlenDronach Brand Ambassador Stewart Buchanan ( by the way, his favorite, he told me ) at a visit to Kokkens Vinhus, Copenhagen.
    • Nose
      Balanced with Sherry, plums in rum, blackberries, raisins, orange peel, dark chocolate, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, almonds, unripe walnuts, coffee, balsamic vinegar, white pepper, soft smoke and lots of oak and cedar wood.
    • Taste
      Moderately sweet, spicy and creamy with dry sherry, raisins, dates, prunes, dark cherries, honeydew melon, hazelnuts, dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, molasses and oak. 
    • Finish
      Long, fresh and lingering with sweet raisins, coffee, bitter cocoa, vanilla, orange liqueur, caramel, dark chocolate, peppermint, a little salt, white pepper and a little tannins and a hint of sulfur.

  8. han wedge did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Look at the timecode at the back of the bottle to know the bottling year

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