One of the older siblings in the GlenDronach standard range. Named, apparently, for a parliament of rooks (read flock of birds) that nests in the trees near the distillery.
Label says Oloroso and PX maturation, but I’d peg this more as 80% Manzanilla/20% Oloroso. Well…maybe not quite, but it certainly isn’t even close to as sweet and rich and vibrant as the Oloroso/PX mix would lead me to believe. Perhaps it’s simply the saltier nature of a quirky meaty note in here that makes me think Manzanilla.
Sadly, though not necessarily a spoiling factor, there is sulphur all over this one. Not a heavy sulphur, but a broad swath of it across all facets nevertheless. Even so…I still don’t mind sipping at this one.
Nose: Needs a little time in the glass before shaking hands with this one. Surprisingly beefy for a ‘Dronach. I don’t mean that in terms of strength, but a true meat note in there. Some sweeter sherry notes coming through too (orange, black cherry, raisin,). Clove. Malt heavy. Over-toasted cask notes. Finally…as mentioned…a healthy hit of sulphur.
Palate: Like a diluted a’bunadh with a heavier malt/meat component. Strong high content dark chocolate. Bitter greens meet bittersweet juicy grape. Tart fruit and wine. There’s a match-like ashy note here too. Quite drying.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt