A brief discussion on social media about how epic are Gelndronach whiskies, reminded me I have this sample waiting to be reviewed. I’ve tasted the previous edition way back in 2011 and liked it, and this is a new version released last year (2016) after the success of the previous edition. In essence this is matured initially in re-charred puncheons before finishing in a small batch of American virgin oak casks, which will add a bourbon-y, and fruity touch to the liquid (coconut, exotics etc -or so we hope).
Nose: a very nice new oak influence. Vanilla , maple, coconut and exotic fruit mostly overripe melons and sweet ripe banana flambé. Some bubble gum and maybe strawberry custard and toffee. Quite lovely.
Palate: spicy and viscous. More banana bread notes, fried toffeed bananas in maple syrup and some pink grapefruit that adds a nice touch. Vanilla, wood shavings and more dried coco and oak. Lovely.
Finish: sweet and savory with yummy oak, toffee and a hint of grapefruit pith, sugar and banana chips.
A lovely twist on the classic GD, with the banana and pink grapefruit, with the bubblegum making it just more-ish and fun. Really liked this one, it’s a nice desert dram alright. Good stuff. I think it’s slightly nicer than the 2011 edition.