...what is a shame because this distillery still produces great drams. This one is another good example even if it is not "top-of-the-notch" by Glendronach standards. It is a clean modern sherry dram that is flawless and quaffable but bottled some 2-3 years too late so the wooden notes drive it a little out of balance. Nevertheless pretty good stuff!
PS: ...and let the good people at Glendronach be friendly and helpful again, dear new owner! I am sure they sell even more this way...
The nose offers a clean and balanced modern sherry profile with nuts, figs, raisins, prunes, spices, dark chocolate and more. Interestingly, it is not sweet at all. Water does not change a lot in the nose.
The taste is layered on sweet fruits and barley sugars followed by dark chocolatey and spicy flavours within a firm wooden framework. Water smoothes the taste and releases more chocolatey flavours but more bitter wooden notes (tannins) too. I like the neat dram better.
The whisky arrives warming and coating on the palate with no distracting moments. The finish is of medium length with significantly more wooden notes than with the taste and a slightly drying-astringent ending (tannins). This dram was bottled a tad too late...