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A 21 year old Glendronach released in 2011, and aged in a mix of sherry casks (Oloroso and sweet Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry). The result is really very good indeed. Interestingly enough, this whisky has no political associations. It is, in fact, named "Parliament" after the collective term for a group of rooks - and there is a Parliament of Rooks living in the trees near GlenDronach...
Nose: Soft smoke and lemon juice, cedar wood, apple peel, toasty oak, soft earth, date and walnut cake and a hint of freshly made espresso.
Palate: Golden Syrup, soft, juicy raisins, tangy oak notes, peach, cherry blossom, cocoa and honeydew melon.
Finish: Sherry tones lead the finish, with a hint of sulphur, chocolate, luscious fruit and pepper.
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I have the 12, 15 and 18 year old expressions, but after treating myself to this little beauty I think I found a my new favorite GlenDronach. Beautiful complexity, matured in Sherry casks to perfection. Compared to some of the other 21 year olds out there this is excellent value. Under €100 for this, Wow!
16th January 2017
My favorite to start 2017! For those who love Sherry bomb whiskey, I highly recommend!
9th January 2017
Beautiful, just beautiful
28th December 2016
The 15yr old is a lot intense and the 18yr Allardice is smooth. But this 21 yr old is even better. The matured malt and the sherry cask provide what is a great dram. Hints of cinnamon, dry fruits cake in a complex whisky. Savoury.
10th December 2016
One of my favorite bottles, I bought 4 and the. I tried to reorder 24 but they were sold out.
29th November 2016
One of the best malts I ever tried!
14th September 2016
This is just exquisitely delicious. A beautiful complex mouth and superb finish that you want to savor slowly.
The 12 year old was a favourite of ours but this happened in the way of a present and what a taste. It is a really great whisky at a very reasonable price. Wish I could afford the barrel!!
27th April 2016
As I've read, due to the changing of hands of this distillery, the 21 is actually several years older than that. So it should be the best value out there. It probably is. I can see why people like this. Just, to me, this reminds me far too much of the proverbial fruitcake you'd get from your friendly neighbor on Xmas eve.Don't want to kill its reputation by rating it poorly, especially as I find the distillery's story endearing, but it'll be a while before I splurge for another one from these guys.
12th April 2016
This was a present for my 40th birthday from my much loved father-in-law. We have always enjoyed the Scottish malts yet never ventured into this price range. Well what a surprise, the full body and complex nodes that accompany this beautifully crafted scotch took our minds into heaven. It certainly will be savoured, shared and replaced. Wow what a treat.
10th April 2016
Leave it to decant and the scents become bewildering. You'll have acacia honey, flowers, fruits. It's a head massage for your nose. The taste is mellow, sweet, soothing with a lingering, long finish. It is a mastery of flavours, layers and depth. You could say it belies it's age even though at 21 it's not a young whisky to start with. In comparison a 19YO Glentauchers is much more fiery (I know that's intended for the blending vats). All in all it is not a dram to drink at a dinner party or while conversing. This is for quiet solitude and savouring because you'll want to concentrate on the delicate, gentle pampering of your senses. It's a similar price to the Balvenie 17 YO which is also a straight up corker, this is a thoroughly different character and I think this is better value.
6th March 2016
An astounding surprise to me. I vary between Islay and Speyside mostly, but this blew my socks off. Loved the sweetness that double matured sherry cask brought to it.
28th December 2015
Had a few drams in The Grill Bar Aberdeen last night. Lovely, lovely drop
19th December 2015
Palate - "Cherry Blossom" Get a grip guys, unless there are a few cherry blossom munchers in the team.
1st September 2015
this is probably one if the best scotches I have ever tasted. I have enjoyed a wide variety of close to 200 different bottles and this one sticks out. It smells inviting giving mentors of dates, coffee, chocolate, some spices like vanilla and nutmeg.. and a wiff of smoke. It elegantly coats your mouth like a light syrup and tastes of tootsie roll, fudge, some honeydew and cinnamon comes around. caramel and chocolate are a definite friend here. The finish is smooth and lasting with some smoke and espresso flavours and finishing with dark chocolate. Absolutely sublime. Where I live this bottle was on a limited release only, and costing almost $150. I bought one for a special occasion withmy father. As soon as we tried it when're we had to go out and buy more immediately before it was all sold out. I now own three and I can't wait to drink them. Truely an amazing dram.
28th December 2014
Purchased from Loch Fyne whisky shop. I find very nice for this time of year......lovely dark colour from the sherry. Definitely a sip and saver malt. I will be back for more. SP
14th December 2014
I needed to add a little water to this to calm down the heat are reveal more flavour, the alcohol does make it very warm. The tasting notes from MofM are spot on, especially the very light smoke on the nose, very pleasant and comforting. The immediate taste is of baked oak and warm syrup with a long, sherry and fruit finish. It's is a slightly more complex taste than the Revival 15 but I like both very much. The Revival 15 (absolute bargain right now at £38 !!) is perhaps more robust and easy drinking but the Parliament is very nice indeed, it's all down to personal taste and both are exceptionally good drams for the price. Glendronach is my current favourite distillery, they are producing so much good Whisky I feel very fortunate ! Thank you to all who work there.
16th September 2014
I'm not a fan of messing around malts with mixed cask finishes. So this although a bit heavy and coarse is still simply a great malt and well worth what I paid for it at Loch Fyne Whiskies - £64. I'm in agreement with many but not all (I'm not that good) of the tasting notes above. I look forward to playing with it through the winter months. Well worth a try. JMC
10th August 2014
such a mouth filler so many tastes superb.
4th May 2014
N: Aah, huge all raisin sherry nose. Its thick, buttery, nutty, theres a touch of wood varnish, burned orange, prunes and sugar.T: Vibrant salivating sherry wine delivery, very deep and rich in flavour with sweet caramel sugars overlapping one another.F: Theres another sherry wave before a touch of bitter oak wood, coffee caramels, figs, oranges and thick prune juice, finishing with a bitter chocolate sherry liqueur and a breath of fresh licourice spices. After a few wonderful drams over a few days, this bottle isn't taking to well to oxidisation. Its become dense like a party fruit punch and overly thick with an over abundance of sherry and prune juice. C: Simple and vibrant and yet displaying a lot of maturity, more than its 21 years in places. This is a rich sherry monster with a soft centre but after a few drams it also becomes arduous and over stewed, delightfully rich but also a tad laborious. Save this for an occasional tipple and enjoy the 15 Revival as an everyday drinker.Scores a Bjazzpianofingers
24th February 2014
Fabulous dark sherry colour and spice not,great Christmas malt with complexity and length. Yum
29th December 2013
I have been on a recent kick for sherried scotch and the 21 year old Parliament is simply amazing. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
30th September 2013
Good points:This whisky is bloody marvelous. Bad points:I've run out.
15th July 2013
The 15-Year Revival is *sweeter*, but the 21-Year is in a different class. If you're looking for a straight "sherry-bomb", go for the Revival. If you want a rich and complex whisky with more spice and body, the Parliament is an outstanding dram. Permanent spot on our shelf for sure!
4th June 2013
I usually buy whiskies in the $80-$300 range. This offering is quite delightful, a good value. I detect the raisins, vanilla notes, which morph into a zesty spicy end. The finish is strong, though not perhaps a long as I might have hoped. For this price, you can't miss. However, like the reviewer before me, I think that the GlenDronach 15-year "Revival" is superior in quality and it is significantly cheaper.
21st February 2013
its very good
15th February 2013
A very balanced, complex and dark sherried malt. Almost as good as 15 yo Revival.
28th January 2013
20th December 2012