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Glendronach Revival 15 Year Old 100% Sherry Matured Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 46%
Prepare for a long dry spell.
*Please note: We have 1 bottle only of a 2015 bottling. This represents an excellent opportunity to secure an older release just before the new stocks are rumoured to arrive in Australia later this year. Notes below are from when we last saw this release.
One of Scotland's last remaining big-Sherry bargains is to be withdrawn from the market, symptomatic of the very real shortages facing many of the country's distilleries as they struggle to keep up with world demand. The news is all the more astonishing given the whisky's success.
Early reports suggested the repeal was to be permanent, however that's since been clarified. Glendronach 15 will be withdrawn from all markets, not just the UK, for approximately three years. Official word from Alistair Walker, director of sales and marketing at the Benriach Distillery (owners of GlenDronach) states: "The GlenDronach 15YO will indeed be discontinued from the range, for approx 3 years – the plan, at this stage, is that it will return at some point in 2018. This isn’t something we would do lightly, as this is one of our best-selling and most popular whiskies, but we simply don’t have the maturing stocks to continue to bottle and supply the GD 15YO over the next 3 years."
On a more consolatory note, it's reassuring to learn that Glendronach have not gone the way of some other distillers who have 'fiddled" with (and so compromised) core products in order to maintain market presence. Glendronach has always been and should remain one of only a handful of 100% Sherry matured malts that surpasses your expectations every time. Based on current stocks and the average monthly rate of sale we would envisage this product being available until very early in 2016.
Despite Glendronach's 15 year old being a traditional favourite amongst 'Sherryheads' it's been off the market before.
It's come-back was the culmination of nearly a years hard work by the distillery's new owners (who previously did such a marvellous job at Benriach). 2009 saw the re-launch of the already popular 12 year-old Original as well as the return of the iconic older expressions - the Glendronach 15 and 18 year-olds, renamed 'Revival' and 'Allardice' respectively. Since then these bottlings are better than ever. This 100% Oloroso-matured whisky has received rave reviews from the blogosphere, as well as highly-esteemed critics like Serge Valentin at 'Whiskyfun', who has compared Revival to Macallan Gran Reserva.
Tasting notes: Deep burnished copper colour. A sensational sherry hue. The nose offers one of the most amazingly sherry influenced bouquets we’ve ever experienced. It instantly seduces with a powerful fresh honey and toast lift. Heavier fruit marmalade-like scents emerge with an amalgam of spices and a very subtle menthol undertone. Time in the glass yields even richer notes of nougat and caramel. Almost as generous on the palate, it offers a decadent malt - richly infused with honey and spice, the initial sweet burst beautifully counterpointed by drying oak and a late, softly smoky surge. Warming spirit. Finishes with a long, delicate dried apricot and spice aftertaste. A must try - even if just to experience this whisky's remarkable aromatics. 46% alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Deeper, richer, more viscous, and more intriguing than the 12 year old (and not as sappy as the 18 year old). Complex and intriguing, with raisin, orange marmalade, grape skin, sugar plum, cinnamon bun, raspberry preserve, mixed nuts, and coal ash. Nice tannic grip on the finish. The best of the bunch, and very impressive! 46% Alc./Vol. 93 points - www.maltadvocate.com