Glendronach 21-year-old Parliament

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 Mar 2014 6:08 pm by Ras Mazunga

Average value

€ 122,70

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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 88.95 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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/

  5. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. 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.

  8. Scoochscotch scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    Sherried scotch just doesn't get much better than this. If you like deep rich, thick sherried whisky you will love this. For comparison, you need to go to glengoyne 25 to even come close to this monster. Macallans closest dram is oscuro as reflexion is just to weak.
    • Nose
      Fruits, fruits fruits
    • Taste
      Consistency of syrup coats the mouth with a plum, cherry grape mix that hides the 48abv.
    • Finish

  9. JonDek scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Martin1965 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry, sweet pastries, ripe fruits
    • Taste
      Sherry, oak, dark fruits, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      Long and spicy

      A crazy whisky try it.
      Who likes sherry - a must have


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