Whiskey Network Review #188 | /r/Scotch Review #75: GlenDronach 1995 Single Cask: 20yr PX Sherry Puncheon, 52.8%
Nose: Thick fudge, fig, clove, sherry plums and deep, dark delicious things like cocoa, fudge, caramel. There’s some nice spice but much less than an olo matured dram. Just thick, rich and sweet.
Taste: Thick mouth feel, coats well and for the proof is hardly noticeable in respect to ethanol. Creamy, fudgey sherry. Deep, rich wine fruits like figs and dates; plum and raspberry. This tastes like a fruit covered in dark chocolate and by neptune, it’s delicious.
Finish: Long, intense sherry. Despite the cask strength, there’s little to no heat. 100% sweet with a dash of spice and clove. The finish goes for miles and made me sit down and really exclaim “yeah”. I want this, I want more of it and I want every one I can get my grubby little paws on.
Overall: There is no doubt in my mind that this dram is a 9 for me. It’s thick, rich and exceptionally well balanced. It’s complex and powerful. This is the kind of sherry I love. No funk, heavy fudge, deep sweet fruits and a touch of spice. It’s a good thing these aren’t on shelves around me because I’d buy them all. I’m not endorsed by GlenDro but I wish I was so I could taste this all of the time. The 12 was exceptional and this is no outlier – at 20yrs old it was an incredible dram to try and I’m grateful. I intended to break up my sampling into two 1oz tastings but that just didn’t happen. I couldn’t be drawn away. And I’m truly sad it’s gone.
Sitting at the Rank 9 spot are few, champion drams. To give you an idea of this fine dram’s compatriots, the GlenDronach Single Cask 1995 20yr PX Puncheon sits beside Benrinnes 23, Bunnahabhain Signatory, Glenfarclas 1990 24yo and both other Single Casks I’ve had: 12yr and 18yr. These single casks are divine and I’m ecstatic I’ve been able to taste a couple. Thanks for reading!
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect