GLENDRONACH The Hielan 8 years ~ HIGHLAND, SCOTLAND
80/100 - WhiskyNotes
SILVER - Scotch Single Malt - Highland 2017 / International Wine & Spirit Competition
A 2015 addition to Glendronach's core range, this 8-year-old is named The Hielan. Aged in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, this is rich with notes of nuts, butterscotch and spice.
Nose - Rounded waves of orange blossom and a citrus twist flow over buttery, golden sultanas, sundried raisins and ripe yellow plums; all dusted with a touch of vanilla.
Mouth - Crisp, vibrant oak spices warm soaked sultanas, apricot jam and gingerbread; all rounded by delicate hints of butterscotch, cocoa and toasted almonds.
Finish - Classic sherry overtones with a contrasting crisp dimension demonstrate the complexity of the traditional Highland character.
The GlenDronach distillery uses six warehouses, three traditional dunnage which are no more than three barrels high, and three racked. GlenDronach produces around 1.4 million litres of whisky per annum, which compared to some Scotch distilleries is fairly small game, although this is by no means a downfall of the distillery.