The Glendronach 21 Parliament was in my whisky cabinet for quite some time, but I had not yet had the opportunity to open it and write tasting notes until now. Therefore I took the time to sit down with this Glendronach and the 15 year old Revival. (These notes will follow soon).

This Glendronach has matured in a combination of the Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for a minimum of 21 years and is bottled at 48 % ABV. The 21 year old has been added to their core range in 2011 and has been named after the colony (parliament) of rooks that have been living in the trees that overlook the GlenDronach distillery for almost 200 years.

Glendronach 21 Parliament tasting notes:

Nose: A little bit of red and black fruits (blackberries, blue berries, strawberries). Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. Some leather, brown sugar and alcoholic. Don’t forget the chocolate, the dark ones with a  lot of cacao and missing the sugar.

Taste: Leathery, dark chocolates and a lot of them. First it started sweet and fruity but it becomes very creamy and chocolate profile. Not the alcoholic taste I expected with the nose which is very pleasant.

Finish: Quite sweet but it disappears, the leather and dark chocolate stays. Also the brown sugar keeps coming back.

Overall: This Glendronach 21 Parliament is a very nice dram, price / quality ratio is good but you have to be in a sherry infused mood. So these cold winter days are perfect for a Glendronach 21! I quite like it although I have to say I prefer the 15 year old revival.