GlenDronach

The GlenDronach 10 Years Old Forgue (43%, OB, 2018)

The GlenDronach 10 Years Old Forgue

Whisky Review

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What they say

The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old has been matured in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, bottled at 43% ABV, and as is the case for all The GlenDronach expressions, it is non-chill filtered and naturally coloured, absorbing its rich colour over the 10 years it has spent maturing in the Spanish sherry oak.

The GlenDonach Forgue celebrates the rich heritage and terroir of the Forgue valley, where founder James Allardice built the distillery and named it ‘GlenDronach’, which means ‘Valley of the brambles’ in Scots Gaelic, bramble is a Scottish word for a blackberry.

GlenDronach Master Blender, Rachel Barrie commented on her latest creation, saying:

The GlenDronach Forgue Aged 10 Years is a richly sherried single malt with an unashamedly Highland character. Matured in fine Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks, the result is a cornucopia of bramble fruit and oak, combined with notes of harvest-ripe barley, as found in Forgue’s rich and fertile landscape. The GlenDronach is a distillery known across the globe for its authenticity, craftsmanship and sherry cask maturation expertise. It is an honour to carry on this tradition, through sharing our first ever travel retail exclusive release from the valley of Forgue with world travellers.

What I say

Thanks to GlenDronach and SpeyPR for the official sample

GlenDronach’s first foray into the Travel Retail market is this 10 year old expression matured in their characteristic Sherried cask style, with use of both Oloroso and PX casks.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Sercial Madeira (9/20), numerous, medium-sized and oily-looking tears leave long fine legs.
  • Nose: Sweet and dusty fruits, bon bons, malted barley flour, zesty orange juice, cherry and apple, subtle tanned leather, some woody spice and vanilla.
  • Taste: Medium body, soft and fruity, quite smooth, polished highland toffee, butterscotch, zesty orange fruit and peel, cherry lips sweeties, oak wood, vanilla, cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg and pepper spice, a touch of liqourice too, becomes sour.
  • Finish: Long, more sour/bitter spiced elements, oak wood, cigar boxes & dry leaf tobacco.

Overall

A little fatty/buttery and youthful spirit in here but also plenty of sherry influence, lighter and brighter fruits initially then drier and spicier oak wood. Sweet then sour, for a 10 year old this has some diversity over the palate, again thanks in part to the blatant usage of good old Sherry casks on this GlenDronach.

Score 82/100

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