Glendronach Revival 15
Strength: 46 %
A few years ago I tapped a maple tree. I didn't have a good way to boil off the sap, so I collected it over a few weeks in a huge tupperware container. Once I had 10 gallons or so, I transported the sap to my childhood home and boiled it off on the woodstove. The sap tasted a little off, but I thought it might be fine when boiled into sweet syrup. It wasn't. The sweetness was there, but some bacteria had clearly penetrated.
This whisky reminds me of that maple experiment. The nose has a slight "off" smell, but it also has a lot of character: dry sherry, wood, plums, and burnt caramelized carrots. The palate starts off with a nice interplay of sweet dessert syrup and dry wine, but it builds and builds to an intense rotted cork flavor that explodes in the tannic finish.
This whisky tastes over-sherried to me, but I have found that I enjoy it as an after-dinner drink when my palate has been shot with some garlic-heavy food. 75 points (C).
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