For many whisky enthusiasts when you mention the term “Sherry Bomb” there is one distillery that jumps to mind – Glendronach. Amongst those who seek those deep, dark and rich sherry flavours the Aberdeenshire Distillery has fast become a go-to.
A collaboration with the Kingsman film franchise this 29 year old expression has been created to mark the upcoming release of the third instalment, The Kings Man.
The expression is made up of six Oloroso Sherry casks, each filled in 1989, before a final period of maturation in ex – Pedro Ximenez.
3052 bottles are available at an RRP of around £775.
Glendronach 1989 Kingsman Edition, 29 yo,OB,50.1% abv,(press sample)
The nose is deep and inviting with sticky toffee pudding, figs and dates as well as big crumbly chunks of Muscovado sugar. There is an underlying woody note, a mixture of well polished mahogany and damp cedar. This heady mixture of flavours brings memories of a well stocked cigar humidor – particularly one with Maduro tobacco.
The palate is mouth coating and clingy. Buttery gingerbread, handfuls of crushed nuts and toasted vanilla pods. A cold draw on a cigar, mixed with rich dark chocolate and coffee tones. Deliciously unctuous and rich.
The finish is rich and tannic with a spiced twist which lingers just beautifully.
An incredible dram and probably the most Glendronachy Glendronach I have tried thus far, the very essence of the Distillery.
£750 is a lot of money for a bottle, however when put up against other high end releases of similar age its not that far off the mark – especially when the quality is this good.
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