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
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.