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Unveiled in mid-2015, GlenDronach's The Hielan' is a rather handsome entry level 8 year old single malt from the Highland distillery's range, matured and married in bourbon and Sherry casks. Delightfully buttery with a good helping of chewy raisin and almond notes at its core, joined by touches of citrus and spice.
Nose: Honey'd malt, vanilla fudge and citrus peels. Slightly chocolate-y raisin notes and a little cinnamon.
Palate: More spice comes through on the palate, but the vanilla-rich buttery elements remain up front. Freshly baked biscuits topped with almonds and plump sultanas.
Finish: Quite long, with Sherried fruit and ginger lasting.
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Really great. smooth, sweet, well balanced... what more could you ask for?
22nd January 2017
super for the price
6th January 2017
Wonderfull nose, warm mouthfilling taste. I taste hints of cacao, slices, nuts (almond?) and sweet stuff. I like the different batches of flavours coming in every sip. And with rhe quiet long finish the journey is complete. I would have guessed an older whisky in a blind taste too. Value for money, I run in to this bottle coincidentely, but it in my collectioneur permently now.
19th March 2016
Rich and velvety smooth, with more raisins than Mary Berry's pantry. 8 years is practically ancient in todays whisky terms, but had I tasted blind (and not noticing the lighter hue) I would have judged this to be older. And for just over £30? Buy it! Lovely long finish too. Not sure where the bourbon cask influence is, but thats no bad thing in my eyes.
15th December 2015