Here is an expression from Glendronach. This particular one had apparently disappeared in 1990, to reappear once more after the distillery purchase by Benriach in 2008 (thus the “Revival” I guess…).
I have heard a lot of good things about it, so let’s go !
Name: Glendronach 15 Revival
Owner: The Benriach Distillery Company Ltd.
Type: Single malt
Age: 15 years old
Cask: Oloroso sherry cask
Bottle size: 700mL
Colour: my father's honey (amber tending on dark amber)
Nose: Starts on intense vanilla and toffee, followed by big milk chocolate. The sherry is really speaking here, we can even guess it's sourness. We get a lot of tropical and yellow fruits, i.e. baked peaches, pineapples, bananas, and is that some fruit de la passion ? Have you ever tasted orange stuffed black chocolate ? Yes, there is that too (alright, I know, it's written on the label. But I completely agree with it !)
Palate: Oh... This is gourmand... Really gourmand... Maybe a tad too much though, this baby needs more balance and dryness. Overripe banana with cinnamon on the front. Oranges thrives for balance but has trouble achieving it. Alright, it does seems to achieve it along with cocoa after a bit of time in the glass... Actually, the whole spirit wakes up after a few minutes, be it the nose or the palate, and we have much more fruits now along with well integrated spices. This is rich stuff. Tasty ! Just keep calm and take your time. So of course, I didn't mention it but the toffee is still present, but it got melded in vanilla crème pâtissière.
Finish: Long. I would say on bitter chocolate mainly, but there is quite some stuff going on such as vanilla, oranges, butter caramel.
Overall: If you're looking for balance, I think it's better to be patient and let it open up a bit in the glass (15 minutes~ish). It's a really rich and "gourmand" whisky. Very good, but again, do not look for balance and dryness.
Rating: 88 / 100
Food pairing suggestion: Chocolate and creamy dessert.