I'm enjoying my first taste of GlenDronach 12 this evening. I've read in a couple of places that the distillery does a nice job with sherried malts, rivaling or maybe surpassing some of the better known brands, so I was pleased to get my hands on a bottle. My sister brought it up from South Carolina for me, because you can't buy it in NC :confused:
If this 12 year old is a good example of this distillery's capabilities, then I'm very much looking forward to sampling their 15 and 18 year old expressions.
In the nose the sherry was definitely there, but not overwhelmingly so. I got some vanilla and spices as well. On the palate, I'm getting the sherry and vanilla, a little spiciness that I can't sort out, and some fruitiness. If I hold it on my tongue for a little bit, some oak comes into play.
It is rich and almost creamy on my palate, which surprised me for a 12 year old. But then again, I'm still a rookie in the world of Scotch tasting. Finish was fairly long (a good 10 minutes or so) and a little bit drying.
I readily put it equal to, and probably better than, the Macallan 12 sherry oak, but again that's just me and my taste.
If you like it then buy some more while you can. This is a good ol' case of expression labelling rather than informational labelling.
What I mean by this is that most distilleries state the absolute oldest date they can get away with, as it makes the whisky look more desireable - so it's mainly informational; "this whisky is 12 years old and not a day older"
Some distilleries (Glenfarclas like to do this and Balvenie too) will slap a year on to batch the bottling into an expression of the distillery. So with Balvenie you can pick up a 15 year old Single Barrel which is actually a lot older. I've have a 16 year old and an 18 year old once, both labelled as "15 year olds". You get a lot of old Glenfarclas mixed in with the 15 year old too.
.....The reason behind all my waffle is this;
GlenDronach was mothballed between 1996 and 2002 - it made no distillate. Which basically means that post 2002 Make cannot be **** as 12 Year Old until atleast May 2014.
So that means that the whisky in your bottling of "12 Year Old" is probably a lot older, more likely around 16years - unless they stuck loads of the stuff in holding tanks, which I doubt.
You really want to explore GlenDronach then grab a single cask release when you can, they are stunning.
I love the 15 Revival. Its getting a little hard to find around me for some reason. Its was 99$ a bottle 2yrs ago and starting dropping to around 80$ and now there isn't much around me anymore. I hope the shops starting getting some more in. Its really complex whisky with a great long finish. Something that I like to really take my time and sip all night.
I agree with Opelfruit. If you seen any of there single cask versions, grab one. I sampled the 1992 19yr old Sherry cask from last yr and was one of the best whiskys I ever had.
I have a bottle of the Cask Strength batch 1 unopened but read that batch 2 is better. I might open the bottle I have soon though. Its looks good.
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