Glendronach Boynsmill 16yo

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Following on from the launch of the Forgue 10yo last year, Glendronach have now added a second expression to the Global Travel Retail line up, with the addition of Boynsmill 16 years old. This whisky, named after the Boynsmill Estate on which the distillery is located, is matured in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, and Port casks. I’m expecting fruit, fruit and more fruit.

Glendronach’s Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie said: “The Glendronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years celebrates the rich heritage of The Glendronach, with a small number of casks hand-selected to showcase its robust and complex Highland character. I hope whisky travellers will enjoy this rare opportunity to savour the depth of a truly old-style Highland Single Malt. Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks express the rich and full-bodied signature style of The Glendronach, while port casks from the Douro Valley subtly influence the balance of fruit, recognisable in the ‘Valley of the Brambles’.

Here goes.

Glendronach Boynsmill 16yo
GTR Exclusive
Oloroso, PX & Port Casks
46% ABV
£88 RRP

Nose: A nutty dry earthiness hits first, with antique leather, walnut, nutmeg, and dry twigs. Then it opens up with stewed plums, raspberry coulis, orange oils, and spicy sultanas.

Palate: Layered and mouthcoating – sandalwood, charred pinecones, aromatic woody notes and tagine spices. Then blackcurrant, blackberry, dates, coffee liqueur chocolates and singed orange peel.

Finish: Lingering baking spices, fruit and nut chocolate, and dark cherries.

Overall: I said recently in another article that the offering of ‘GTR exclusives’ in duty free tends to be a bit uninspiring. Lacklustre, bland, and downright sub-par whiskies can make browsing the airport shelves more of a chore than a pleasure. Sure, there are a lot of good bottles there too, but most of those are already available domestically. Glendronach Boynsmill 16yo is neither lacklustre, bland, nor sub-par – it’s a genuine wallet-opener when I’m next flying in/out of Edinburgh. Inviting, layered, complex, and delicious. Really stellar stuff.




  1. How can this GD 16 be “Inviting, layered, complex, and delicious. Really stellar stuff” as you describe it, and at the same time rather unremarkable as in ?

  2. Hi Alex,

    Thanks for your comment. I suppose that’s the beauty of whisky – it’s very subjective and people may have quite different opinions on the same liquid. I rather enjoyed this whisky (as you can tell) but Mark at Malt didn’t so much. It is a lighter style of Glendronach than most people will be used to, but I thought it was a really tasty whisky.



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