I don’t know Glendronach’s range very well. The only one I truly know is the 15 years old. The others I tried during Whisky Live Paris (not this year, 2014 I think) are some vintage (1995 and 2003 I think) and the 18 years old.
I know I liked them and they left me a good impression of Glendronach, but well… difficult to really make up your mind during so big a tasting.
Let’s get to it.
Name: The Glendronach 12 years old
Owner: The Benriach Distillery Company Ltd.
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Age: 12 years old
Cask: Sherry Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez
Bottle size: 3cl
Nose: Sweet and gourmand. Starts on heavy chocolate, honey and toffee on a cinnamon / pain d'épices background. It continues on hazelnuts, vanilla and then the fruits kicks in with plums and grapes. Nice.
Palate: Rich, creamy and gourmand. The flavor order from the nose is reversed with first the plums and grapes showing their faces, then intense toffee again and éclair au chocolat. Coffee, orange and cinnamon follows. Really rich and dessert like.
Finish: Long on milk chocolate and oranges.
Overall: Please let this dram sit down twenty minutes or so, especially if you just opened the bottle. Before doing that, the nose felt really unbalanced (thus, I preferred not to try the palate). After you've done that... well that's a lot better and I can now say this is a really good expression from Glendronach. A style I'm not really used to, but that I'd not mind knowing more.