The Glendronach 18 year old Allardice named after Allardice, not after a famous West Ham manager, but after the founder of the distillery, James Allardice. Glendronach is one of those distilleries that has an absolute treasure trove of heavily sherried whisky in its warehouse. A man who originally chose quite a “different” route to market in the 1820’s in Edinburgh (he gave his whisky to the ladies of the night to spread the word).
Tasting Notes for Glendronach 18 Year Old Allardice 2021 Release
APPEARANCE – Bright deep gold with a tawny centre.
NOSE – Sweet aromatics of fudge and Muscovado sugar. Fruit compote and glacier Morello cherries provide added complexity.
PALATE – Rich dark and seductive. Remarkable flavours of stewed fruits and all-spice marry together with classic aged Oloroso sherry and toasted walnut bread combined with chocolate orange.
CONCLUSION – Tremendously complex and long.
As was the case in 1826, The GlenDronach Distillery patiently matures its single malt whisky in superior quality sherry casks. The distilling methods may be old-fashioned, but we prefer to look on them as handcrafted techniques created through nearly 200 years of tradition.
The malt mill, glistening copper mash tun and traditional wooden washbacks form part of a vigorous but carefully attended process. Our elegant copper pot stills distil and re-distil the richest spirit which is then filled into the finest casks and left patiently maturing in our warehouses. Nearly 70% of the flavour in whisky is derived from the cask it has been matured in. Wood’s important, which is why we adopt a ‘no compromise’ approach when choosing the world renowned sherry casks to enrich our whisky. Over the years of extended maturation, these carefully seasoned casks help create the unique richly sherried style that The GlenDronach is famous for.