Whisky Focus - GlenDronach Boynsmill 16 Year Old Travel Exclusive Review

The GlenDronach Boynsmill 16 Year Old Travel Exclusive Review

24th May 2019
Review of the GlenDronach Boynsmill 16 Year Old Travel Exclusive.

The GlenDronach Boynsmill 16 Year OldFollowing on from the release of the GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old travel retail exclusive near the end of last year the GlenDronach distillery which is known for the quality sherried drams it produces has launched its second travel retail exclusive whisky, the GlenDronach Boynsmill 16 Year Old.

Travel retail has traditionally been the place where whisky companies can release something off the beaten track of the whiskies which we will find in our High Street and online whisky shops and The GlenDronach Boynsmill is certainly off the normal beaten track of the the GlenDronach core range we are familiar with, it is a combination of Oloroso, Pedro Ximénez and Port casks so something a little different as you would hope to find in the airport shops when you are on your travels.

The whisky takes it name from the Boynsmill Estate, nestled in the Valley of Forgue, which was established by James Allardice as the home for his GlenDronach distillery in 1826.

Presented in a 70cl bottle with a price tag of around £90/US $115, this may vary depending where you are in the world.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A rich fruity nose with apricot and plum jam, orange, and with sultanas and raisins sweetening things up along with a little toasty vanilla.

Taste: The plum leads the charge on the palate with its raisiny sidekick, some treacle toffee and some late bitter dark chocolate orange.

Finish: Plum and apricot brandy notes cling to the mouth for an age, a little nuttiness, it bitters out leaving some mildly drying oak.

Comment: GlenDronach has set its quality standards so high its difficult not to sound like I am saying that this is anything but a enjoyable dram and it is an enjoyable but falls a little short of there usual higher quality standards. Perhaps its the mix or balance of the combination of Oloroso, Pedro Ximénez and Port casks that has cost it a few points but it is still worth picking up on your travels its just a pity they chose to bottle it in a 70cl bottle, i keep saying if you are going to release it exclusively in travel retail put it in a 1 litre bottle for the less frequent travellers who cannot easily get hold of another bottle if they wanted one.

SMW Score 84/100

If you have no plans to travel in the near future you can still explore the current GlenDronach whisky range which you will find available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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