Johannes Lindblom

GlenDronach Peated feels quite exotic, since GlenDronach distillery is famous for making sweet sherry matured whiskies. In fact, GlenDronach Peated was their first ever peated expression introduced in 2015. I have to admit, I do get excited every time I bump into a peated whisky outside Islay. Even though Islay is the benchmark for smoky whiskies. Especially the track record of GlenDronach had been so good so far, that this smoky GlenDronach sounded like a treat to me.

Glendronach Peated Whisky review and tasting notes

GlenDronach Peated has been matured in Ex-Bourbon casks before transferred to Ex-Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks – so it has that classic GlenDronach sherry touch, along with smoke and bourbon influence.

Beauty and the Beast whisky

GlenDronach Peated is a mix of nice and rough things. The rough edges dominate this dram a bit too much. Then again, being a fan of strong phenolic whiskies, I like it. Still I feel that GlenDronach couldn’t quite get the best out of them. I would have preferred it to have more of that typical GlenDronach sherry feel. Combined with heavy smoke, it would’ve been great.

So GlenDronach Peated is kinda like Beauty and the Beast, with the beast taking the edge. Nothing wrong with beast being the dominating character, especially with whiskies. But with this Speyside distillery, I would have loved it to have more sophisticated notes in the mix. All in all, a nice peated dram.

Matured in:
Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry casks (Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez)
Colour: Gold
Nose: Phenolic and earthy peat smoke. Phenols and slightly bitter, yet mainly sweet red berries. Time brings some bitter candy notes, like red licorice burning in bonfire.
Taste: Sweet peat with earthy feel. Hints of meat with sweet sherried sauce. Hints of licorice and notes of honey.
Finish: Sweet and surprisingly smooth. Very nice, powerful yet sophisticated. Bitter sweet berries and smoke.
Balance: In nice balance, good combination of strength, character and smoothness. If GlenDronach can get more of those sherry notes into their peated expressions, it will be brilliant.

GlenDronach Peated Scoring

85
Nose:Taste:Finish:Balance:
21
21
22
21
Distillery: GlenDronach Region: Speyside ABV: 46%

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