Happy Whisky Wednesday to you all!
Is everyone having a fantastic week so far, we are now down to single figures, only nine days until Christmas Day!
This does make me wonder if I’ve got any Whisky for Christmas this year, I’ll just have to wait and see!
To be honest, I have some amazing whiskies that I am really looking forward to sampling over the Christmas period, especially my sherried collection which is in my eyes the best whisky style I’ve ever sampled.
What whisky are you most looking forward to trying over the festive period? Why don’t you send me your samples in the comments at the bottom of this post.
Anyway, its Whisky Wednesday, so I thought it was only right that I bring you my latest whisky review post which is on the Glendronach 15-Year-Old Revival.
The Glendronach Distillery is a beautiful whisky distillery which is situated in Scotland, it is nestled into the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills, certainly sounds one of the most remarkable places to have a distillery built.
The distillery was launched in 1826 and was founded by James Allardice, out of the whole of Scotland, the Glendronach Distillery was one of the first to be licensed.
In 1830, Glendronach was bought over by Walter Scott, who was originally from Teaninich Distillery, the Teaninich Distillery is older than Glendronach, this particular distillery was founded in 1817.
Then, 30 years later, Glendronach was the largest duty paying distillery within the Scottish Highlands, around fifty people lived on the site, this included all of the workers and their families.
Next, just after the First World War, the son of James Allardice, Captain Charles Grant took over the distillery and bought the company out.
After this, in 1960, William Teacher & Sons bought the distillery and invested in additional stills for the company, previously the distillery was using two stills, this then became four!
If you’ve ever tried Teacher’s Whisky, then you may well know that William Teacher was the magician behind this fantastic tipple.
In 1996, the devasting news was revealed that the Glendronach Distillery was mothballed, it was hoped that in the near future that the distillery would re-open again in the future under new ownership.
Furthermore, in 2002, the most amazing thing happened, The Glendronach Distillery had been re-launched once more and the whole building was working at full capacity to create all those amazing drams of whisky.
In 2008, The Glendronach Distillery was taken over by The BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd, all I can say is if you haven’t tried any whisky from BenRiach, I would highly recommend that you do, I have sampled loads of drams and every single one is stunning, especially there peated whiskies.
In 2015, The BenRiach Distillery Company was awarded Global Whisky Distiller at the 2015 Icons of Whisky Awards, this was a fantastic achievement for the whole team, who are all passionate about delivering the masterpiece at the very end of production.
Then finally in 2016, Glendronach was taken over once more to Brown-Forman. Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by building fine quality alcohol brands.
This acquisition brings three outstanding Single Malt Scotch Whisky brands to the Brown-Forman portfolio, these include The Glendronach, The BenRiach and Glenglassaugh.
In 2015 The Glendronach 15-Year-Old Revival ceased production, but after many people missing this dram so much, this beautiful sherried whisky returned to the line-up and as of today it has been selected as a Customer Favourite for The Whisky Shop!
This is why the whisky was named as a Revival, due to its re-launch to the core range!
This exquisite whisky is finally matured in some of the finest Pedro Ximenez and Olorosso sherry casks from Andalucia for fifteen years, this is to deliver a Spanish Sherry style throughout the whisky.
An antique bronze whisky with hints of orange and walnut on the nose, tastes of black cherry, honey and dark chocolate can be felt on the palate, producing a sweet aftertaste.
I’ve owned my bottle of Glendronach 15-Year-Old Revival now for over one year now, and to be fair it is going down nicely, it’s so perfect that the bottle is nearly empty.
However, a couple of months ago, something damaging happened to the bottle, before you guess, no it didn’t smash, sadly the cork at the top of the bottle which is connected to the bottle lid had snapped!
After speaking to Isobel’s father, he said I should decanter the remaining whisky, sadly though I don’t personally owe a decanter, so I’ve had to leave the cork inside the bottle because in my eyes it looked impossible to try and remove it.
Due to this small accident happening, the whisky has lost its taste slightly, but I can truthfully say it’s not a horrible flavour, it’s actually quite decent.
Either way, I was still looking forward to trying this gorgeous whisky, especially because it’s heavily sherried!
The one feature that I love about this whisky is the case, it’s so decorative and at the bottom is an illustration of the Glendronach Distillery situated in the hilly landscape.
This whisky sample was being completed in my Glencairn Glass, and as soon as I poured the whisky into the glass, the orange and walnut aromas started to appear straight away, oh they were some of the most beautiful smells ever.
The taste was just as good, the sherried sweetness was extremely appealing, just imagine now your eating a dark cherry chocolate cake, this is what this whisky reminds you off, there was also enormous amounts of honey and orange which lingered on the palate.
This whisky was absolutely marvellous, this is why I took the opportunity to have a gigantic sample, I actually remember the first time I tried this whisky at a tasting event at the Whisky Shop in Trentham, the first sip I took just made me completely fell in love with this whisky straight away.
This whisky is completely perfect!!
You’re now probably wondering after reading this post that you need to buy this whisky, well its entirely your choice, I mean the cost of this whisky is £62.00 via The Whisky Shop, but you might be lucky enough to get it cheaper from other sites.
This is most definitely a Whisky Wednesday sample, I highly recommend it, the history that is delivered and the flavours that are combined inside the bottle, it’s just such a marvellous sample.
Furthermore, if you adore your sherried whiskies like me, then I would most certainly say that you need to give this whisky a bash, it’s sweet and fruity, one of the many things I love about whisky!
If any of my followers have tried this whisky, I would love to know what your own personal thoughts are, I would really like to know what indulging flavours were coming across your palate.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for reading my post, I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!
Take Care Everyone and Stay Safe