Businesses stretch the truth with consumers every day, and most of the time we are disappointed when our purchases do not live up to expectations. We are used to products letting us down which is why it is so amazing when we find something that is better than anticipated. Our reviews this week cover two expressions of Glendronach that were superb, and we were happy to find out that the distillery misled buyers with the label on one of the bottles. I like when businesses mislead us in a good way since it happens very seldom, but the real question is “What were they hiding?”
Glendronach 18 Allardice
The Glendronach 18 Allardice is one of the core expressions of the Glendronach line and is named for the founder of the distillery, James Allardice. It is labeled as an 18 year old single malt but this is where the truth is a bit stretched. The distillery was closed from 1996 until 2002 and no whisky was produced during that time. Simple math tells us that if it was bottled in 2017 it should have been produced in 1999, but since the distillery was not in operation it must be older than that. It must be at least 21 year old scotch in an 18 year old label! That is a fabrication I can sink my teeth into and so we did. The scotch from Glendronach has never let us down and this one was no exception. The scotch is rich and flavorful with a full body and beautiful color. It is matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at 46% which gives it the great nose and depth of flavor of a classic sherry bomb. I am sure we will have this bottle again.
Glendronach 1993 24 year Single Cask, Abbey Whiskey
There are a few scotches that you have a pretty good idea you are going to love just by looking at them. It’s like love at first sight and this was one of those bottles. We have been sitting on this like…well dummies, for several months and this was going to be the big night. The camera rolled and the four of us dove in head-first, and it was magical. We were all witty and insightful with the scotch and we wrapped up the review with a perfect score. It was great…..then we looked at the video and realized we had a technical problem and only recorded about half the review. No problem, we will just pour some more and, wait there isn’t any more. We had to go back and try to remember everything we said about this bottle. I think the most important aspect to remember about this review is that the single casks can be a thing of rare beauty and if you have a chance to buy a bottle of single cask scotch from a distillery you love do not hesitate. We have yet to regret a single cask purchase, but I do have regrets about not buying more.
– The Dummies