Slotovino is a 'plea for diversity in wine' but exceptionally we have been known to mention what the Russians call 'Scottish Wine'. On a visit to the shop in Edinburgh with the biggest selection of whisky miniatures we asked the crusty Polish gentlemen behind the counter for his recommendations.
We came away with three little bottles two of which were soon forgotten. Not GlenDronach's 21 year old 'Parliament' Highland Single Malt!
We'd never heard of GlenDronach before; now it's our favourite whisky. The GlenDronach website gives the following tasting notes;
AppearanceDeep amber with a cherry wood sheen.
NoseA delicate mix of ripe autumnal fruits - notably blackberries and red plums. Rich Oloroso sherry and candied orange segments. Spiced oatmeal biscuits and toasted oak fragrances bring excellent weight and balance.
PalateResolute flavours of fine Oloroso sherry and bitter chocolate sauce, which has been spread liberally over homemade plum pudding. This is all infused with fabulous spicy notes - cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Full bodied with smooth tannins.
Long and lingering.
It was certainly mellow but to us not heavy or cloying.
A bottle will cost northwards of £75 but being the festive season, we would suggest this might be a good present for a particularly deserving case.