If bottles of whisky had been like tv, the GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival could be a uncommon profitable reboot. It is a delicious bottle of nostalgia that holds as much as even our fondest reminiscences.
We’ll admit it: on occasion we is usually a little hyperbolic with regards to whisky. Nice whisky will try this to you. Keep in mind how excited everybody bought concerning the return of Arrested Growth? All we’re saying is that typically issues is usually a letdown. And we set our expectations excessive earlier this summer. Briefly, we weren’t let down.
Let’s again up for a minute right here: Three years in the past, GlenDronach introduced it will be discontinuing this closely sherried whisky (the model is conventionally often known as a sherry bomb, as a result of, nicely, it’s like somebody detonated a sherry cask in your glass of whisky). It promised a return for the beloved (and affordably priced) bottle then, however when the corporate was offered to Brown-Forman in 2016, it briefly solid doubts on the long run. This yr, the promise has been made good upon, to a lot fanfare.
However bringing a whisky again from the grave is difficult work: adjustments to the distilling and maturation course of will normally create large variations in taste (simply ask any Van Winkle nerd if they like Pappy distilled by Stitzel-Weller, or Buffalo Hint).
Having lastly tasted a treasured pattern of this yr’s launch, the reply is straightforward: Sure, it holds up.
GlenDronach 15 begins fruity on the nostril, with stone fruit notes and hints of berries. There’s a hint of orange blossom and honey in there as nicely. On the palate, it’s a superbly balanced single malt. The quick stills of the distillery make it an oily, viscous whisky from day one, and the time in sherry casks has left 15 Revival surprisingly dry and nutty, although nonetheless fortified with these fruit and sweet notes. It’s like an ideal piece of highland cake: sticky toffee pudding, with a lightweight orange glaze. It’s wealthy and earthy, however with simply the correct amount of sweetness.
The underside line: Take our recommendation, and your $90, and seize a bottle. That is nonetheless a worth, nonetheless a fantastic sherry bomb, and nonetheless simply nearly as good as we remembered.