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Glendronach 21-year-old Parliament

Overall rating
88.98/100
votes
2165
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060088793473
Added on
25 Mar 2014 6:08 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 123,44

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 21-year-old Parliament

155 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.98 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Full-bodied, intense and elegant. A luscious potpourri of red and ripe fruits (cherries, blackberries & blueberries) is making its way out of my jar. Behind the massive sherry influence hides a variety of flavors, which gradually crystallize during nosing. Juicy oranges, sweet apricots, grapefruit, raisins and a burnt caramel crust of a crème brûlée I perceive. Heavy spices with plenty of oak, roasted almonds, dark chocolate, leather, cinnamon, walnuts and gingerbread are rapidly gaining presence. The nose is very complex and harmonious - just wonderful.
    • Taste
      Almost syrupy, the GlenDronach wets the entire oral cavity. A pleasant sweetness runs down the cheeks, while on the tip of the tongue a subtle Pfeffrigkeit sets in and causes a slight tingle. The alcohol content (48%) is very well integrated and always gives the malt sufficient strength. The whisky starts very intense, sweet-spicy and with a subtle bitterness. Although the various sensory impressions usually contrast relatively strongly with each other, in this case they merge into a harmonious symbiosis. The red and ripe fruits are very present and form the sherrylastige foundation. Plentiful caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, leather, nuts, spices (cinnamon), dry tobacco leaves, gingerbread and oak immediately follow. The complexity to be anticipated during nosing continues seamlessly in terms of taste.
    • Finish
      Long, warm and spicy. At the beginning of the finish a slight pepperiness flashes for the last time before the heavy aromas, such as leather, dark chocolate, walnuts, spices and a decent dose of oak, take over the flavor of the upper hand and let the malt calmly end. The palate creates a subtle dryness and a noticeable bitterness.

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It's either the heavy sherry influence or the fact that it has been produced with significantly older stock for some time: this sure seems older than its - already considerable - stated age. 21 going on 25, at least as far as my bottle (ca. 2016) is concerned.

    What we have here is a heavy, massive, sweet-and-dry sherry-soaked, oily and woody nose. Chocolate-covered, rum-soaked raisins; bacon-wrapped, roasted figs; aged aceto balsamico; blackberry and/or plum jam; mulled wine, speculoos and christmas spices; assorted nuts. In terms of sherry maturation, this is definitely more on the fruity-and-juicy than on the earthy-and-leathery side. Having said that, there is some leather to be found, along with other aromas that exude the aura of age: musty cellar, dusty attic, shopworn library books... Zero alcohol on the nose despite the elevated ABV, but it's also not exactly easy to locate the distillery character behind this wall of deep and dark sherry aromas. So this is the one quibble I have with this otherwise pretty perfect nose - the PX is perhaps just a tiny bit too prominent. But enough grousing; on to the palate!

    Without water, there's an immediately leathery, nutty and (given the unmistakable PX influence on the nose:) surprisingly dry attack, with an incredibly rich and mouth-coating texture. Then the juicy sweetness and the robust Glendronach Highland character hit home. There's a sense of peppery heat, but it's nowhere near as pronounced as in the 18-year-old Allardice. The burn (if you can even call it that) here is much more restrained, and, given the sticky, syrupy aspect of the palate, even welcome. Finally, some bitter notes (black liquorice, black coffee, dark chocolate) join in, along with a faint mintiness. Intense and thick throughout, without ever losing steam.

    Finishes strong and substantial, with a warming afterglow, then continues to stick to the insides of the mouth for a good long while, with the typical Oloroso notes of liquorice and leather as the last notes to fade.

    Clearly a high-class sherry monster, with the superb Glendronach distillate struggling, but not outright failing to assert itself. What I found most surprising about this one was that the wood was most discernible on the nose. On the palate and in the finish, it almost slipped my attention - either because the sherry overpowered it or because it merged with the sherry so harmoniously (depends on your perspective, I guess).

    So yeah: a bit brutal and crass, but also just simply a blast. An event of a whisky.

    P.S. Water brings out (even) more umami aromas, adds an intriguing floral element, sweetens the attack, eliminates any burn and reinforces the wood in the finish. Obviously I recommend adding some.

  3. Lakerfield scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    The nose was incredible, the finish was lovely but the palate was too dry and bitter for my liking. The flavours themself? Top stuff, such a shame that a minor aspect takes away some of the enjoyment. The 18 Allardice on the other hand keeps that juicy sensation I'm looking for.
    • Nose
      Sweet and smoky, it has that typical GlenDronach nose and just smells like it has spent some time in a dark basement. Thick Oloroso sherry, roasted coffee beans, leather, old books, musty basement, dark chocolate, stroopwafel, orange peel, warm apple pie, raisins, apricot, caramel, toffee, smoke, nutmeg, hazelnut, cereal, oak, licorice and menthol. Fantastic nose, just like its 15 and 18 year old brothers. There's just so much going on, every sniff brings something else to mind.
    • Taste
      Dense and oily mouthfeel, a wide arrange of flavours just like the nose. The sweeter PX sherry is a lot more present here. Turns rather dry and bitter soon after. Oak, spice, chocolate orange cakes, raisins, banana, apple cider, raspberries, salted caramel, wet tobacco, malt, vanilla, walnut, madeira wine, glazed ham, cherries and a smoky note supporting the rest of the flavours all the way. As expected, the palate continues to deliver an equally wide spectrum of flavours. I'm not that fond of how dry and bitter it is on the palate though. At some moments I recognized a bourbony character hiding in the background, which was weird but surprising.
    • Finish
      Long finish for a sherried malt. Dark fruits riding on a wave of subtle smokiness.

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, characteristic sherry, a little smoky, spicy, old wood!
    On the palate, we attack the rather strong spices, cinnamon, vanilla aged, it has depth!, Then mixed fruit, macerated on candied orange, old wood and leather associated, a roasted chocolate side!
    In the final, a rather complex sensation, on sherry, spices, dry wood, sweet-honeyed side!
    A very good dram with a singular and long length!
    • Nose
      more floral, spice and even grassy scents on a sherried-woody basis.

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A true sherry bomb! This Parliament offers everything I expect from a sherry bomb. Dark fruits, spicy wood flavors, leather, tobacco, chocolate and coffee. A great whisky, I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Syrup-like streaks stick to the glass wall, in slow motion oily and viscous drops come out. Dark fruits blow from the Nosingglas over, deep dark and rusty amber rests mysteriously in the glass. The long, sticking to the glass wall drops slowly pull their tracks while the dark sherry aroma is intense. During the first nosing, the nose fills with dark and dried raisins and dates, toasted aromas rise. Dark and strong caramel mixes with forest honey, sweetish tobacco leaves crumble on dried orange slices. Spicy sweetness lies above everything and mixes slowly with spicy oak notes. A touch of milk chocolate and a scent of hot coffee rise from the extremely fruity Sherrynote. Apricots and now fruity sweet oranges mix with the honey and caramel to an extremely fruity and beguiling melange. The drops on the glass wall are getting longer, my salivation is extremely stimulated. Optically and olfactorically, the Parliament is currently a perfect combination. Fantastic!
    • Taste
      Mild and yet fruity intense, the Glendronach pours over the tongue at the first sip. Dark dried berries are immediately mixed with spicy oak tones, a subtle wooden sharpness dominates the entire mouth in the next moment. Again subtle toasty aromas are added, a touch of leather and dry tobacco leaves playing with the fruity sherry aroma. Sour grapefruit and other citrus fruits mingle with dark and aged oranges. The leather aroma is intensified, dark chocolate is doused by cold espresso. A bitter and subtly bitter aroma now dominates the taste. Here and there flash dark fruit flavors, the dark caramel is also always coming to light. Overall, the Parliament does not look as fruity in taste as the nose pretends, but rather is characterized by woody sharpness and tart oak tones. The fresh coffee note rises again, fresh mint and a hint of eucalyptus provide a fresh mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Bitter espresso flavors and dark dark chocolate start the finish. A subtle wooden sharpness and a hint of pepper exude a cozy warmth and hold the harsh aromas. Dark and dried fruits are subtly in the background, the mint, however, comes back to the foreground. A hint of sour citrus flavors mix with the tart and spicy wood elements. The finish sounds slow and leaves a discreetly tart wood note and fresh aromas on the tongue.

  6. Macheye scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Almost amazing. Lovely rich, deep and sweet with aromas and nuances I absolutely love. Then again, balance is perhaps not high on today’s menu. I found that my initial nosing and tasting were just fantastic – deep, opulent sherry with almost a confident swagger. But, once my palate had settled into the dram, I struggled to find deeper complexity, and the naturally high level of astringency of the liquid reduced my sense that this was a luxuriant experience and more of a constant sherry-punch in the face. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder though, and there’s more than enough here to enjoy that I can certainly understand why some colleagues rave about this Glendronach.

    Full tasting notes: https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/glendronach/glendronach-21-year-old-parliament/

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nose: red fruit of very ripe fruit with orange zest from the oak table, spicy, strong resinous oak acidity with tree saftarom, bergamot, apricot, bitter almond, more complex citrus notes with a slight sharpness in the smell of grapefruit peels - but no alcoholic sharpness, an old leather jacket in a dusty Dandruff - in your pockets - Rotten tobacco with a hint of vanilla

    Taste: velvety soft sweet syrupy texture, strawberry cherry jam brings along with acidity, orange juice with a lot of grated ginger - brings more acidity as an antipode to sweetness, icing with lemon juice, sawdust, pine resin, some mint and a lot of spicy oak on the tongue, warming and Cooling at the same time, orange marmalade with a lot of peel - slightly bitter but in the aromatic delicious way, with each sip it becomes spicier - tobacco - cinnamon - leather tingles on the tongue, the sweetness is increasingly displaced by berry - fruity acidity and they commute in the Balance, the finish is long - rather determined by wood and spice notes than by the fruit and ends dry, at the end remains a slightly resinous aromatic mint note on the tongue

    Conclusion: one of my favorites - balanced, complex, ripe, yummy, undyed, unfiltered, high percentage - even for twice the price I can not find anything better - rather something else - only the golden packaging, which is not, there is the 12er more beautiful
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A fine sherry bob in front of the Lord.
    • Nose
      sweet, intense notes of sherry, black bun (raisins, dates, etc.), some alcohol sticks to the nose (cask strength?) and a slight mineral note is also in the background, which surprise and make the whisky very fresh, despite the sherry freight. Over time, spicy oak notes emerge.
    • Taste
      intense, white notes, light sulfur, sweet, dry fruits, intense, powerful, but also very good without water. I do not want to water down that.
    • Finish
      the sweet and the vain notes hold, then pass easily and give way to the somewhat tart oak notes. A bit of menthol, but not too strong and a really long bitter-sweet finish.

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