GlenDronach 18 year Allardice 46%

Sometimes you just want a little indulgence! And why not?

A few months ago we sampled the GlenDronach 21 year Parliament… it was sherry berry desert in a bottle without being cloyingly sweet.

So naturally when given a chance to sample the GlenDronach 18 year Allardice, who could resist?

GlenDronach 18 year (Whisky Lady)

GlenDronach Allardice 18 year (Whisky Lady)

GlenDronach 18 year Allardice 46%

  • Colour – Bright copper
  • Nose – Fudge, berries, bread pudding with sherry soaked raisins… oh my!
  • Taste – Stewed fruits, then dries out into a woody allspice and nutmeg, after a bit more found a curl of chocolate smoke… above all, it is clearly unmistakably sherry!!
  • Finish – Complex and long… delicious yet a bit dry

Much like the GlenDronach Parliament, it is bursting with sherry character. However did it fully meet the ‘indulgent’ desire? Hmm…

Either I’ve become a rather picky lady over the years or… this was an example where there were absolutely delightful elements, completely on the right track in so many ways yet didn’t quite whisk me away to that divine whisky heaven! Nearly but not quite!

Don’t get me wrong – this is an excellent whisky and, in fairness, it was sampled as a ‘after thought’ so did not have exclusive attention. Which is exactly why I prefer to try a whisky more than once in different settings to confirm impressions.

I would certainly try it again – ideally next to the 21 year Parliament. My memory of the Parliament is that if you want something a bit indulgent? That’s your whisky from the GlenDronach stable!

GlenDronach up close (Whisky Lady)

GlenDronach Allardice up close (Whisky Lady)

A bit more info:

  • “Allardice” is apparently named after James Allardes (referred to as Allardice) who led the investors that founded GlenDronach distillery in 1826
  • It was the second distillery to apply for a license to produce whisky in Scotland under the Excise Act of 1823
  • One of their ‘hallmarks’ is to mature their whiskies only in sherry casks. (yeah I mentioned that before with the 21 but it bears repeating!)

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2 thoughts on “GlenDronach 18 year Allardice 46%

  1. This was of course one of the ones we tried at the whisky and chocolate pairing and it went really well with the higher percentage dark chocolate and I think your tasting notes would agree!
    I really enjoyed this one, it was my favourite of the night! Then I haven’t tried the 21 YO! I own a bottle of the rather pleasant 12 YO and have recently acquired the 15 – I’m looking forward to trying it!
    Keep on waffling,
    Nick

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  2. There is a danger in sampling the 21 before the 18… also the setting was different. When I tried the Parliament, there was time to sip, savour and enjoy.

    Whereas the 18 came out as an after thought when the evening was shifting into a different mode. So didn’t get the due attention I’d normally prefer. It is a delightful whisky – just my sense was of a ‘mini indulgence’ rather than ‘OMG this is good’ indulgence! If you know what I mean. 😉

    However I can easily imagine it would go superbly with a bitter dark chocolate!

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