Only seen once or twice a year in Australia in recent years, the 21-year-old is the extremely rich and full-bodied expression from the GlenDronach distillery.
New allocation April 2021. June 2020 bottling codes.
At this age the spirit has mellowed out into a supremely classy dram - perhaps not as sweet, but for us a touch more silky, than the 18-year-old.
Founded in 1826 and in our view one of the top three 'sherry houses' (the others being Macallan and Glenfarclas), GlenDronach has enjoyed a period of supremacy amongst sherry-cask loving whisky fans.
Its most recent period of closure - from 1996 to 2002 - has put a strain on mature stocks, meaning not only that they are released on strict allocations but their age statements often contain whisky older than what the label states.
Nose: Elegant ripe autumn fruits with blackberries and red plums, enlivened by candied orange. Spiced oatmeal and toasted oak deliver weight and balance.
Palate: Sip resolute flavours of fine sherry and bitter chocolate sauce poured on nutmeg and ginger-baked Victoria plum pudding.
Finish: Plum skin and ripe blackberry in dark chocolate treacle, well into the perfectly sublime long-lasting finish.