Oh god, where to start with this one?
So, this is a whisky released for a particular movie sequel, Kingsman 2. Now, I could understand Dalmore or Macallan popping up in James Bond, and there is that association here with the Bond films, but Glendronach? Not sure, that’s the image you want to cultivate. Especially, with a spy comedy.
Anyway, all of that aside, this was exciting. Because it’s Glendronach. It’s from Sherry casks. It’s cask strength-ish. And it’s old. The oldest Glendronach I’ve tried so far.
So I tried to not let the movie thing get to me and just assess the whisky itself.
Glendronach 1991 Kingsman 48.2%
Colour: Dark Amber
Nose: Cherry and crushed mint, Sherry isn't too in your face, it's restrained, a little sharp alcohol though, nicely woody with some nutmeg, some cinnamon but there is a sour vinegar note that I feel I’m sensitive to.
Taste: Sharp then soft, woody, lots of oak, cherry, artificial cherry, cinnamon spice, Euro oak, sour red grape. It is quite sour and woody to start, then it gets even more sour. Thankfully, there’s none of the vinegar here.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Malty, lots of espresso, dark chocolate. Length is disappointing here.
Ah! What a fantastic way of getting rid of your ‘dud’ casks that haven’t performed as well as you’d have hoped! Release some swanky box and decanter for some Hollywood movie and sell for huge amounts of money.
Joking aside, this is disappointing. It’s disappointing for a Glendronach, and majorly disappointing for the price it’s at.
And yes, I did give it time. I decided not to add water but I left it to open up but didn’t get much more from it. As always, this review is just an opinion.
Thanks for reading!
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