57.0% Specially bottled for Nickolls & Perks
It doesn’t seem that long ago, but the last time I did a review of a N&P GlenDronach was in March 2019 – scary how time flies. But then 2020…
Like their previous cask selection, this one is also a Pedro Ximénez sherry Puncheon that yielded 704 bottles.
Appearance: Medium amber. Slow thin & oily legs.
Nose: An immediate wave of sweetness – honey, caramel, pan-simmered sugar, and sherry. There’s also a nice gentle damp wood dunnage-y aroma too, that is right up my street. Overall, it has a lovely whiff of “age”.
Palate: Sweet from off with a solid delivery of sherried richness, warming pepper, gentle oaked tannins, stewed stone fruits, and thick warmed vanilla custard.
Finish: Long, sweet and warming. And there’s an incredibly fait & far-off whiff of tobacco.
Conclusion: This is not the usual dark destroyer walking out of the 1993 doorway. And it’s nice to come across a lighter-toned whisky that reinforces the fact that you can get flavour-packed monsters from further up the shade chart. It’s got a great nose, is full & flavoursome, and punches hard with a bowl of fruit compote in the face.
Thanks to the guys at Nickolls & Perks for the sample. Great cask selection, and competitive pricing, given the current climate.
Available on the Nickolls & Perks website for £285 at the time of writing