Soft and sweetly spiced wood, and sweet sherry. On terra firma for notes, though I wonder whether the low strength is going to hurt this. Orange-cinnamon, and black salty licorice. Unsweetened marzipan with some dates smashed into it. Subtle coffee, nutmeg, cardamom, and fine Spanish brandy (also at 38-40%) Standard stuff. I'm not adding water because it's plain that it will do no good here.
Damn. You can tell that this would be delightful at greater strength, but it's absolutely watery. Cinnamon, some orange, dates, and sherry immediately come to the fore, and then oak and coffee. Rich dark chocolate and candied ginger. It's a standard profile for a heavily sherried aged malt, just very weak.
Drying oak, coffee, dates, ginger, and lots more Spanish brandy (or the essence of it). Almonds and sweet, raw walnuts. Dry orange zest. This would be great, I'm sure, at cask strength or something higher than 40%, but it feels like they just dumped water into it moments before they bottled it. I'm sure that I'm being harsh with this, considering it just after having a younger and cask strength dram, but I've got to consider it for its limpid profile. If only it weren't 40%!
Medium, tangerine peel, toffee, raisin, dry longan, and ginseng. A little dry throat finally
Tasted on 2011.02.28 An old Glendronach with its superior sherry influence. Quite smooth, gentle, but its low alcoholicity makes it less mighty. Also its ginseng smell and taste is somewhat interesting.
Distilled in 1971 and matured in a small batch of exquisite Oloroso sherry casks, this 33 year-old dram appeared in 2004 and at the time was the oldest and quite possibly the best Glendronach ever released. Boasting 95/100 from Jim Murray`s Whisky Bible and a Gold Medal at the San Francisco Spirits Competition, this is not a dram to miss.