The Hielan’ 8 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Glendronach


The Hielan’ 8 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky


Rough-around-the-edges in a good way, this 8 Year Old probably bullied Glenmorangie, Balvenie, Glendfiddich and Macallan in the playground. Scotch is seeing a global trend towards younger whiskies, and this is one of the very best to cross the path of Harvey Nichols. And we’re not alone in our love of The Heilan’ – it reminded Whisky Fun’s Serge Valentin of Macallan Fine Oak, although in his view “this GlenDronach packs more punch”.

Non-chill filtered and less sherried in style than most GlenDronachs, a youthful and fiery Highland character shines through, providing a real insight into the heart of the spirit from this distillery. Bursting with vanilla fudge, buttery shortbread, lemon drizzle cake, creamy porridge with sultanas and cinnamon, Pedro Ximénez, an umami gulp of stout, Bonne Maman apricot jam, beeswax candles, a grind of black pepper, nuts, nuts and more nuts; toasted walnuts, salted peanuts and roasted almonds.

GlenDronach’s history has been a tumultuous one. Burned to the ground a decade after it was founded, bounced from hand to hand like a hot potato, mothballed and resurrected, it keeps coming back like the Terminator. However, since being taken under the wing of The Benriach Distillery Company and more recently Brown-Forman, things have settled down in the valley of Forgue, Aberdeenshire. Whisky maker Rachel Barrie has produced a procession of exceptional, richly sherried single malts, with each release displaying even more character than the last. Rachel Barrie’s father is particularly partial to a GlenDronach and she was raised just down the road, so this is one of the first distilleries she ever tasted and one that she is therefore incredibly passionate about.

£6.86 per 100.00ml

SKU No.: 2620012

Style No.: 676955

Country: Scotland
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 46%
Volume: 700ml

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