7.8 (12)
Brand
The GlenDronach
Age
8 years old
Expression
The Hielan'
Whisky type
Single Malt
Distillery
The GlenDronach Distillery
Origin
Highland, Scotland
Year launched/bottled
2015
ABV.
46.00%
Source
The BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd
In collection
56×

Review by The GlenDronach

Colour

Amber with a burnished copper glow.

Nose

Rounded waves of orange blossom and a citrus twist flow over buttery, golden sultanas, sundried raisins and ripe yellow plums, all dusted with a touch of vanilla.

Palate

Crisp, vibrant oak spices warm soaked sultanas, apricot jam and gingerbread; all rounded by delicate hints of butterscotch, cocoa and toasted almonds.

Finish

Classic sherry overtones with a contrasting crisp dimension demonstrate the complexity of the traditional Highland character.

Note

This innovative expression, specially selected by Master Blender Billy Walker to complement the distillery’s burgeoning range of outstanding malts, has been lovingly matured and married in a combination of the finest bourbon and sherry casks.

The intriguing name is a heartfelt tip of the hat to the extraordinary Forgue distillery, GlenDronach’s spiritual home in the Highlands and one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries. Founded in 1826 by the inventor, pioneer and entrepreneur James Allardice to produce “the guid GlenDronach”, it has been instrumental in creating some of the world’s finest richly sherried malts.

The 8 years-old The Hielan’ is a phenomenal, fragrant whisky, redolent of spices, sultanas, raisins, butterscotch and sweet sherry. Billy Walker’s tasting notes show this remarkable expression, at 46% vol, is set to become yet another stellar GlenDronach.