‘GlenDronach Time’ , Session #3 : The 14 yo,’Virgin Oak’ Finish
After a short detour in Dalmore land, we’re back to GlenDronach country, and we’re beginning to explore some wood finishes . The first of which is the ‘Virgin Oak’ finish. While some may argue that a finish masks imperfections in a medium quality malt, others would argue that a good finish adds complexity, without overshadowing the underlying malt. I tend to like finishes when they compliment the spirit and not try to change it, and this one is just the case.
After spending time in Spanish oak barrels, it was transferred into a very small batch of Virgin Oak. Let’s try this one, shall we?
Glendronach 14 virgin oak wood finish, 46% ABV, £39
Colour: Full gold
Nose : Starting on vanilla , some wood shavings, sweet fruits ( tropical) with coconut , toasted oak, toffee and honey drops.
Palate: Spicy , sweet entry with syrupy sweet and cinnamony notes. Then drying.
Finish : Wood spices, chilli. Quite short.
An enjoyable variation on the house style, not as sherried, and more emphasis on the wood/coconut combo, and would appeal to those who prefer ex-Bourbon maturation to big sherry notes.