Tasting notes: Glendronach 1994 Distillery Exclusive #1189

Glendronach 1994 Distillery Exclusive #1189

Glendronach 1994 Distillery Exclusive #1189 how about that? I visitedĀ the distillery in 2016 and decided to take a full tour and tasting. It was a lot of fun and I had some very good drams! I had the chance to taste the Glendronach 1994 two times, but both from different casks. (Next to cask #1189 I also tasted cask #3399). Once back home, I sat down with both samples to taste them side by side and took the time to write myĀ tasting notes. Now how is thisĀ Glendronach 1994 compared to cask #3399?

This Glendronach 1994 distillery exclusive #1189 is 21 years old and has matured in a Pedro XimƩnez Sherry Puncheon cask and is bottled at 54.1% ABV.

Glendronach 1994 Distillery Exclusive #1189 notes:

Nose:Ā Ā I have to work quite hard to get sweetness and fruits. Oranges, citrus, leather. With water that is a lot easier to get out of this whisky. TheĀ first impression is not top notch. Later on IĀ get some more leather, dark fruits and brown sugar. After some breathing it becomes much better. Now I like it quite a lot. Funny how a first impression might be setting you off. (or at least I got that) With water more on figs and sweet fruits.

Taste:Ā Oranges, citrus, creamy, dark chocolate and espresso. Sugar and a little barley followed by plums and figs. With water much sweeter, I don’t think you should add water. Although the citrus and oranges surface a bit more. But you will lose that dark chocolate and creamy flavour (although you will still get that).

Finish: Drying mouth, sweet, oranges and strawberries. ItĀ“s leathery but also fresh. AĀ bit of chili pepper and oak at the very end. I almost would say a bit of menthol but I am not really sure on that.

Overall:Ā Like in the nose I also get some faint sulphur in the taste. Not as muchĀ as I got in the nose but still there. Really taking your time will show a very rounded and fully layered whisky. But first impression to me is not the best. It’s a strange mix between the citrus / oranges and the chocolate / leather. But if you love the Glendronach profile I think you will like this (a lot šŸ˜‰ ).

I would say this one has a bit of a sourness to it that I don’t get in the #3399 cask. It’s a very good Glendronach though don’t get me wrong on this, but I prefer cask #3399 over this one.

You can read the tasting notes forĀ cask #3399 here.

Glendronach 1994 distillery exclusive

Tasting notes: Glendronach 1994 Distillery Exclusive #3399

I’ve already given you my tasting notes for theĀ Glendronach 1994Ā #1189, but as promisedĀ here is also the review for…

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