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The GlenDronach 21 Year Old - Parliament

(70cl, 48%)

The GlenDronach 21 Year Old - Parliament

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GlenDronach 21 Parliament Bottling Note

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...

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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GlenDronach 21 Year Old - Parliament Reviews


Was gifted a bottle forms my son and absolutely loved it - bought another since ! If you love Speyside whiskies and a rich depth of flavour you’ll love this

13th November 2020

As good as it gets

This is an incredible dram. So rich and smooth, with a lovely depth of flavour. Glendronach is my favourite distillery and this is the jewel in its crown - it's not cheap, but absolutely worth the money. My only issue is that I drink it far too quickly and nothing else tastes quite as good...

3rd August 2020

A great brew


9th July 2020


A very rewarding dram.

29th June 2020

Worst malt ever

This has to be the worst malt whisky I have ever had in fact think you would be better with a bottle of Turps

16th May 2020

Sweet with a delicious aftertaste

Delicious! I was given a bottle as a Christmas present. Normally I would never drink such an expensive whisky but I have now tried it a few times, well diluted with water. It is a real treat, with a mild character and a sweet aftertaste. I finished a glass about 10 minutes ago and still have the gentle flavour in my mouth. If I were rich I would drink this more often.

5th April 2020

Very nice but not exquisite!

This is not a bad dram if you can source it for around a ton, it is a tasty drop, full of flavour and pretty good for a commercial quality, but then again, for very similar money you could source a 22 y/o single cask Arran oloroso or a 16 y/o Highland Park Sherry finish or even a 22 y/o Tobermory Sherry cask, or a 22 y/o Spey side Sherry cask, each giving the farclas a run for the money and coming out on top.
But regardless, this is still a very nice dram, would definitely benefit from a slightly higher abv though 👍

10th December 2019

Sherry heaven!

Very complex fruity dram, by far my favourite from the GlenDronach range.

18th November 2019

Will of course buy it again

Waw, what a nice sherry bomb, you can enjoy every single sip

20th October 2019

It's a wounderful stuff! One of the best!

This one totally is a Sherry Bomb! Very complex, fruity, rich, sweetness! It's just a very great stuff that you can sit down and slowly enjoy every drop of it.

24th June 2019


This is some Grade A Juice

6th April 2019

One of the best

In the past 50 years I have tasted some good whiskies. I have sipped some excellent ones. The Parliament is easily in the top 3. Wonderful Scotch.
The only downer is that I can’t buy it in the States. I suppose that I’m just going to have to come back over and stock up and hope that Customs don’t catch me.

5th March 2019

I will save and buy again.

I bought it to try a outstanding scotch. I am a Glen Dronach
drinker. This was an excellent purchase. I had tasted none better.

22nd February 2019

Very, very good. I will be purchasing this again.

This Scotch is very delicious with a lovely sherry aroma and taste. It has a very long finish.

5th January 2019

The best 21 year old schotch

The best 21 year old schotch I've been drinking!
I absolutley love it, I've had Aberfeldy, Glengoyne and Balvenie 21 year old as well, Balvenie is the smoothest of them all but it also lack some in the taste, it's just really smooth but doesn't taste that much. I can't remeber wich was the best one of Aberfeldy and Glengoyne but they're match eachother pretty good, you need some water to them both and they're fruity whiskies.
This review will be about GlenDronach however and it's a beast, very much complexity, alot of sherry but it doesn't take over the whole whisky. I like to add a drop of water but it will do fine drinking neat as well.
Now I will enjoy this one, cheers!

26th December 2018

Richness, depth and lovely smoothness

This is a smooth and drinkable whisky which has richness and depth; it's one of my partner's absolute favourites for its lovely smoothness and character.

13th December 2018

Always excited when friends visit and I can share this with them.

I am not a whiskey expert but this GlenDronach 21 Parliament certainly tastes so so good. I have a lady friend who does not drink whiskey except when she and her husband visit me for dinner. She will always have GlenDronach 21 Parliament with a big smile on her face :) - I don't know why but I find that the best taste is to let the whiskey reach room temperature in the glass, swill it around and smelling the aroma every now and than - the first sip is fabulous :)

30th November 2018

The best one!!!


6th November 2018

imbalanced and quite forgettable

Very subtle and understated up until the finish where the oaky pepper kick abounds. Feels somewhat imbalanced and quite forgettable.

29th August 2018

Too rough, bad value

Frankly, question the veracity of the 5 star reviews.

Decent enough flavour but hidden behind far too much ‘burn’ for a £100 bottle.

Many, many, many better options out there. Accept “better” is a subjective term for a drink, but really do believe this should rest down low in any bona fide lists of top likes.

1.5 stars because of daft price for what you get.

29th July 2018


Neil Bates :- Very pleased with this new purchase @ sub £ of my new favorite drams, will definitely get another bottle to drink with Captain Bishty.

28th July 2018


Wow. A perfect balanced whisky. Sherry!

3rd May 2018


This is the best from the range by a wide margin

27th April 2018


One of my favorites

22nd March 2018

Ralfy Is Wrong

Fantastic value, fantastic single malt. Ralfy's 2014 review is wrong. This is a great dram. Classic Speyside Sherry character.

10th February 2018

The best one in my possession

This is a complex one with several unique tastes and bouquets , just love it !

9th February 2018


For the price its hard to beat.

20th January 2018

The best highland. Dried cherry notes.

The closest comparison I can think of is the Macallan 18 sherry cask releases, but good luck finding one of those. This 21 is less than half the price of the more recent and pedestrian Macallans. It's full of uniquely rich dried cherry notes. It stands in a class by itself amongst the highland whiskeys. Truest excellent.

23rd December 2017

Richer than the 18

All the Glendronachs are very good if you like fruity spicy whisky. The 21 had the most rich nuanced flavors. It is well worth the price.

3rd December 2017

Glad I bought it!

I hummed and hawed for months about which fancy/expensive scotch I wanted to buy myself as a present ... I compared this to the 18-year and couldn't really tell the difference at first. However, after swishing some water around between the two, I noticed this didn't have the "sting" at the end like the 18-year did. Just pure delightful smoothness. The challenge will be in forcing myself to NOT drink this every day...

15th October 2017

Pricey. Worth it though.

Great scotch. Nice sweet flavor to compliment the Scotch burn. Tastes of cinnamon, fall fruits, maple, Apple peels, and some allspice or nutmeg with a very slight syrupy sweetness.

A great drinking scotch. Best time is early fall with a nice Gurkha cigar.

14th September 2017

Well worth the price!

One of the best spirits I have ever tasted, back up the truck and buy more because it is real easy to drink a truckload of this stuff and get sad about it. I've had the 21 year and the 18 year GlenDronach, both are fantastic spirits and worth your dollar but if you can only go with one, get this. Event at a higher %, this is much more manageable. Do allow some time for the spirit to open up on your first pour.

9th September 2017

I tasted many whisky and for me it's the best all the time

I can't belive, that it's so wonderful taste for this price. I love it !!!
I have to make a supply before price will increase.

3rd September 2017

The best highland scotch

The most beautifully complex scotch at this age. A splash of water opens this scotch up wonderfully. Floral and sweet.

27th July 2017

Sherry Bomb Perfected

Glendronach is known for its powerfully "sherried" drams, and the 21 Year Old Parliament is the king of the hill. The only problem with the 21 year old, is the 18 year old. Side by side many will miss the subtle differences. I appreciate the extra three years, as the power of the sherry casks really picks up in those last three years. Do yourself a favor, pick these up while you can!!!

4th July 2017

A gift well received

Bought as a gift for my father, a whisky connoisseur, described it a "very, very good!" which is high complement indeed. As a non whisky drinker and only an intermediary I can pay high complements to Master Of Malt for their consistent, impeccable service!

19th June 2017

Five Stars. absolute perfection

Absolutely incredible. I have many favorites; Highland Park 18, Glendronach 18, Macallan 18, Glenfarclas 25 and 21, Dalmore 18.... but this one is so amazing it is about as complex and perfect you could want a single malt to be. Five stars!

18th June 2017

HUGE sherry bomb.

Having purchased the complete core expressions from GlenDronach, I have absolutely fallen in love with this distillery. The 12 year old and 18 year old exceptionally good whisky. That said, The HUGE sherry bomb of a 21 year old now sits atop my cabinet in a place of honor. If you are a fan of "sherried" whisky, I cannot name one that is better!!

5th June 2017

überg superb!

My absolute favorite. A sherry bomb of another world!

28th April 2017

Glengoyne 21 & this will do for me.

Absolutely lovely dram. Nothing else need be said!

13th March 2017

Absolutely magnificient

Bought 2 of these on a whim a couple of months back.
Opened one and pretty much drank the whole bottle during that week. Have recently purchased another 5.
Will probably get another 2-3 just in case. ;)

6th March 2017


Sherry bombs are my thing, the bigger the better, and you could tell that this one is a mature and sophisticated expression if you didnt know it was 21 YO. Upon first pouring and tasting straight away i though it a little harsher (if thats the word) than i expected, so added just a little more water than the normal teaspoon, and gave it 10-15mins to open up - what a difference it made, beautiful all the way from nose to finish & hard to put down

2nd March 2017

Yeap! Look at Ralfy's review for this! Great buy! Cheaper than Glenfarclas 21 at a higher abv

Great Buy!

27th February 2017

A nice one, will have more if get opertunity, the last one of 6

Been at a whisky tasting, was given some chocolate to go with it. Definitely worth a try

24th February 2017

GlenDronach's finest !!

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

Fantastic Sherry whiskey

My favorite to start 2017! For those who love Sherry bomb whiskey, I highly recommend!

9th January 2017


Beautiful, just beautiful

28th December 2016

Wonderful whisky.

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

Fantastic bottle!

One of my favorite bottles, I bought 4 and the. I tried to reorder 24 but they were sold out.

29th November 2016

21 y

One of the best malts I ever tried!

14th September 2016

Buying my 9th bottle

This is just exquisitely delicious. A beautiful complex mouth and superb finish that you want to savor slowly.

14th September 2016

What a great find.

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

Neighbor's Xmas Fruitcake

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

What a surprise!

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

Snap it up!

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

My current favourite!

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

Affa fine!

Had a few drams in The Grill Bar Aberdeen last night. Lovely, lovely drop

19th December 2015

Re Chaps

Palate - "Cherry Blossom" Get a grip guys, unless there are a few cherry blossom munchers in the team.

1st September 2015

Could it get any better?

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

Winter Warmer

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

Rich and Complex

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

NIce result from traditional methods

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

'Delightfully rich but also a tad laborious'

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 B


24th February 2014

Whiskey& chocolate

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

One of my favourites

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

Nice taste, good value

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

Excellent sherried malt

A very balanced, complex and dark sherried malt. Almost as good as 15 yo Revival.

28th January 2013

Excellence taste

Excellence taste.

20th December 2012

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