Glendronach Kingsman Edition Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, £550

If you haven’t seen Kingsman: The Secret Service yet, then you definitely need to. Right now.

And once you’ve watched that, you need to watch its sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. This time, not just because it’s a great film, but also because Glendronach have just released an expression that features in it and is named after it.

The expression comes after the film’s director, Matthew Vaughn, reached out to Glendronach’s Master Distiller, Rachel Barrie, to create a dram especially for the movie.

Part of the plot involves spies disguised as Master Distillers, so it make sense that Vaughn would want to create a product that can entice fans and capture a hint of what the character of the movie.

This is an exciting opportunity for Glendronach to get their name out there and craft some intriguing malt at the same time.

Vaughn himself said, “‘It’s really special to get a limited edition vintage like this, and even more so as The GlenDronach is my favourite single malt whisky. I hope Kingsman fans around the world enjoy it as much as I do.”

There have only been 2,000 bottles of Kingsman produced and Vaughn and Barrie have signed each.

Kingsman has a 1991 vintage, the same year the lead character was born, and has been matured for 25 years in sherry casks.

It opens with a nose of woody oak and sherry spices. It is warming and has a good dose of cinnamon to start with.

The wood is well refined and not overwhelming. It comes through but mingles well with the spices.

It also goes hand in hand with a delightful vanilla and caramel flavour that appears.

This blossoms on the palate, where the caramel becomes smooth and soft, lending a mellow and easygoing mouth feel.

The dram darkens when you first taste it and forest fruits start to appear. Charries, blackberries and plums are rich and ripe here.

There is also a slight bitterness to it, with coffee and mahogany wood coming through. There is also a hint of dark chocolate that gives it a slight nod towards black forest gateau.

The finish is strong and rich, it lingers just long enough for you to taste more bitter chocolate and some tangy citrus fruits.


Tags: GlenDronachKingsman editionsingle malt whiskyThe Golden CircleThe Secret Service


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