The fruits are not present a lot and I must say and if I have off day its 88 points ( but that goes for every whisky ) and if the stars are aligned then I would score it 93 points. As a default I scored it 91 points. But the fruits ( candied dry fruits mix, raisins, plums, berries ) do comeback after the bottle is opened for 4+months.
Im Glendronach fan ( this juice is still from direct fired stills ) and I really appreciate the profile of this particular expression so Im giving it couple of extra points from these reasons.
Just a quick review as i already have done one before, but i must say this bottle feels more relaxed from get go, while the first one was more restrained.
Very polished and elegant but in the same time you can feel the depth and richness, to me as someone who favorites desert drams, this is very close to perfect, at least this is the feeling im getting from it. I get walnut cake, rich cakey aroma which really pleases the senses. And dark chocolate covered dry fruits in the background, Berries, candied plums and raisins, complimented with nutmeg and cinnamon sticks, with all sorts of desert chocolate sauces, brown demerara sugar, hint of pipe tobacco, roasted arabica coffee beans.... its beautiful nose and deserves more than 5 minute after pouring, but I know this will eventually develop and open with time ( The experience I had with previous bottle, same batch )
Dryer arrival but become nicely juicy after entry, beautiful development again, more of the coffee ( espresso made from roasted arabica coffee beans with demerara sugar ) and dark cocoa mounthfeel supported with honey and caramel sauce, hints of spearmint, Dry Berries, touch of chocolate covered raisins and plums, all ripe, solid development and structure of flavors. A dynamic dram where the experience keeps you busy, no off or unexpected notes.
Long on dry fruits ( candied plum, hit of candied orange peel, dry raisins, dates ), natural cocoa, dark chocolate, peppermint lozenges, menthol, propolis, lingers on, gets spicy and echoing