This is the infamous tale of why we can’t have nice things. Glendronach is one of the highest regarded distilleries in Scotland today. Its roots go all the way back to 1826, when it was founded by James Allardice outside the town of Huntley. It was a time before inflation had hit and marketing was a strategy. A time where Allardice had his own “strategy,” by offering free drams to Edinburgh’s infamous “ladies of night.” Followed by a fire (hoping the first two aren’t related), James was led to declaring bankruptcy in 1837. Rebuilt in 1852, it continued to change hands and grow, with the addition of two stills in the 1960s. Up until 1996, when the distillery was mothballed for 4 years until 2000, it operated all floor maltings. Bringing us up to date, this now Brown-Forman purchased distillery was more of a contestant in the Scotch whisky world. This bottle of Glendronach 11 Years Old 2008 is exciting, as it is one of the first whiskies distilled by the new owners before resting in first-fill Pedro Ximénez sherry butts. This pour has everything and more you would hope to expect from this distillery—bold, rich, and powerful.