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The GlenDronach 12 Year Old Original Review

28th September 2018
Review of The GlenDronach 12 Year Old.

With the recent return of the 15 year old Revival I thought I would revisit The GlenDronach 12 Year Old Original.

This superb richly sherried single malt is matured for 12 years in a combination of the finest Spanish Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks. Non-chill filtered, of natural colour and bottled at 43% ABV, it is priced around 40.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Lovely enticing sherried fruit, dark cherries. orange, also some ripe pear, a nice touch of vanilla sweetness. Dark chocolate ginger biscuit.

Taste: A deliciously rich smooth delivery of lovely sherried fruit - raisins and sultanas, orange, a light sweet vanilla sweetness peaks through from behind the lovely fruit and a wee touch of cloves hiding there also, nutmeg and then the appearance of cinnamon and dry ginger and a light dusting of pepper.

Finish: A medium length finish were the fruit fades quickly leaving a little peppery spice and mildly drying oak.

Comment: Delicious, this is simply one of the best quality core range sherried Speyside drams of this age that you can buy, if you haven't yet tried this then why not! A lovely well balanced dram for the sherry oak lovers, full of flavour and I guarantee if you like this style of whisky, once you taste this you will always want to have a bottle in the cupboard. I could only imagine that this would be simply stunning if bottled at a slightly higher strength but at 43% it is still full of flavour and an outstanding dram. The finish could be longer but easily remedied with another mouthful.

SMW Score 90/100

You will find the GlenDronach core range including this GlenDronach 12 year old as well as some limited edition releases available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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