Glendronach Forgue 10yo

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I tell you what, Rachel Barrie doesn’t sit around twiddling her thumbs, does she? Having reintroduced Benriach 12yo Sherry Wood and Glendronach 15yo Revival back into their respective core ranges, Glendronach’s Master Blender has now spearheaded Glendronach’s first foray into the Global Travel Retail market.

Glendronach Forgue 10yo, so named after the valley in the East Highland Hills where the distillery is located, has just launched exclusively in airports around the world. Matured for 10 years in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez casks, this whisky is bottled at 43% ABV, at natural colour and without chill-filtration. That’s a bit out of the ordinary to be honest (although the Glendronach 12yo Original is also 43% ABV and non chill-filtered) – usually non chill-filtered expressions are bottled at a minimum of 46% ABV, to prevent any haze developing if the bottle is stored in a cold environment, or if ice is added to the liquid. Why not chill-filter the whisky, or even better, just bottle it at 46%, and thus remove the risk of any Americans asking for refunds because they don’t understand science?

Anyway, speaking of the release, Barrie said: “The Glendronach Forgue Aged 10 Years is a richly sherried single malt with an unashamedly Highland character. Matured in fine Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks, the result is a cornucopia of bramble fruit and oak, combined with notes of harvest-ripe barley, as found in Forgue’s rich and fertile landscape. The Glendronach is a distillery known across the globe for its authenticity, craftsmanship and sherry cask maturation expertise. It is an honour to carry on this tradition, through sharing our first ever travel retail exclusive release from the valley of Forgue with world travellers.”

Glendronach Forgue 10yo
Global Travel Retail
43% ABV
$77 RRP for 1 Litre

Nose: Some straw, toasted almonds, dried apricots and manuka honey to begin. There’s also red currants, dark chocolate orange and some cocoa powder.

Palate: Quite a silky mouthfeel, with orange oils, cinder toffee, hazelnut praline and sultanas. Then chocolate mousse, sweet pipe tobacco and some tea leaf.

Finish: The fruitiness drops off quite quickly, and we’re left with cinnamon, nutmeg and toasted oak.

Overall: This comes across as very much the slightly younger sibling of the 12yo Original. Similar cask make up, bottling strength, flavour profile, and price (once you normalise the USD RRP of the 1 litre bottle for the 10yo down to GBP and 70cl), just with a little less depth. It’s a good whisky, and no doubt this will sell well in GTR given that it’s an exclusive release in that market, but I’d take a dram of the 12yo Original over the Forgue 10yo almost any day of the week.



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