GlenDronach

The GlenDronach 16 Years Old Boynsmill (46%, OB, 2019)

The GlenDronach 16 Years Old Boynsmill

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 46 %
  • Age: 16 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: €115
  • Origin: GlenDronach distillery
  • Vintage: Undeclared

GLENDRONACH-BOYNSMILL-16YO

What they say

THE GLENDRONACH BOYNSMILL AGED 16 YEARS LAUNCHES AS A GLOBAL TRAVEL RETAIL EXCLUSIVE

The GlenDronach continues its journey with world travellers with the release of The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 years, joining The GlenDronach Forgue Aged 10 years as the distillery’s second exclusive for Global Travel Retail.

The Boynsmill Estate, nestled in the Valley of Forgue, was established by James Allardice as the home for his GlenDronach distillery in 1826. It was here that Allardice discovered the rich depths of sherry cask maturation; marrying robust Highland spirit to Spanish cask, a tradition carried forward by The GlenDronach to this day.

James Allardice lived most of his life at Boynsmill House (later re-named Glen House) and was often known to share a dram of his ‘Guid GlenDronach’ with friends and neighbours. This historic home continues to welcome guests at The GlenDronach distillery to this day.

At this time in the early 19 th Century, both sherry and port were popularly enjoyed by Scotland’s gentry and their influence on Single Malt Scotch Whisky is still prominent today.

The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years is a marriage of rich Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía, with the subtle influence of the finest port casks from the Douro Valley in Portugal. The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years pays a fitting homage to the distillery’s heritage and the warmth and hospitality of its founder.

The GlenDronach Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie said:

“The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years celebrates the rich heritage of The GlenDronach, with a small number of casks hand-selected to showcase its robust and complex Highland character. I hope whisky travellers will enjoy this rare opportunity to savour the depth of a truly old-style Highland Single Malt. Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks express the rich and full-bodied signature style of The GlenDronach, while port casks from the Douro Valley subtly influence the balance of fruit, recognisable in the ‘Valley of the Brambles’. As a complex and supremely balanced Single Malt, The Glendronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years has notes of plum pudding and apricot brandy on the nose, layered with the warmth of nutmeg and quince. Exceedingly rich fruitcake builds on the palate as dates, dried apricots and walnuts are savoured into the long and richly satisfying velvet finish.”

This rich and complex Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is bottled at 46% ABV and as is the case for all The GlenDronach expressions, is non-chill filtered and absorbs colour naturally over time from the Spanish oak in which it resides.

It will be available to purchase from selected Travel Retail locations from May.

Official tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Burnished copper with a red bramble hue.
  • Nose: Fruit-led and complex. Plum pudding, cherry stone and apricot brandy with traces of nutmeg and sandalwood tempered by the sweetness of quince.
  • Taste: Exceedingly rich and fruity with baked apricot, cherry and plum skin in a fruitcake with orange and walnut cream.
  • Finish: Savour dates, apricot and walnut lingering into the rich velvet finish.

What I say

Following the 10 Year Old Port finished GlenDronach expression I sampled and compared with this Boynsmill expression. Constructed from similar casks (ex Sherry both PX and Oloroso a s standard for GlenDronach) and also influence of Duoro valley Port casks but this time aged for an extra 6 years in total – no mention if this is a finish like the 10 year old or just a marriage of these three cask types – I’d guess the latter as this detail of the finishing period was specified on the 10yo.

Thanks to The GlenDronach & SpeyPR for the official sample

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Autumnal amber gold (12/20), numerous, fine tears and thin legs.
  • Nose: Nutty sherry, fruit cake, clove, brown sugar, raisin, macadamia nut and almonds, roasted nut, hazelnut latte, spiced plum sauce, plenty of 5 spice powder.
  • Taste: Nutty hazelnut latte with a hint of cinnamon spice, clove, mace, milk chocolate, demerara sugar, raisin, Dundee cake, toasted flaked almonds, hazelnut puree, plum and blackcurrant fruits/jam.
  • Finish: Long, spiced roasted nuts, chilli chestnuts or hazelnuts

Overall

Intensely nutty and gently spiced with undertones of rich dark fruits – delicious!

Score 85/100

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