On the nose I immediately have a very sweet fruitiness that reminds me of candied strawberries. This very sweet fruitiness is complemented by the usual suspects: raisins, dates, some plum jam ... but not as intense and dark as expected. Maybe that's because I just had the excellent Glengoyne 28 in my glass. The Glendronach seems a bit simple and simple-minded against it. The oak is now noticeable and I notice how much more delicate and pleasant I find the oak influences of the Glengonye 28. Nevertheless, we are on a very high level here, the spiciness compliments the sweet fruitiness wonderfully. Hints of furniture polish and slightly earthy notes play around the sweetness, which reminds me a little of forest honey. A very gentle sulfur note is perceptible, but not at all disturbing to me, as it is only discreetly perceptible and no sulfur fireworks burn off. The flavors can really convince! I like the Glendronach very much on the nose.
As expected, the whisky is very strong in the mouth, but the spiciness on the tongue is significantly less than expected. I would have expected that I would absolutely have to dilute the whisky, but you can actually enjoy it undiluted. Just like in the nose, the Glendronach is very sweet in the mouth, although the sweetness is now clearly supplemented with pepper. The dark fruits and raisins are clearly noticeable. In addition, there are now spices, cloves, a little liquorice and the even more bitter notes such as tobacco, leather and perhaps a little slightly damp forest floor. It's great how the strong spiciness is accompanied by the sweetness, which gradually leaves the stage to the tannins.
For me, the finish is dominated by the tart aromas. Tobacco, leather, clove, liquorice, a little furniture polish and chewed coffee beans make for a slightly bitter finish. The sweetness buzzes very gently in the background and envelops the tannins like a barely noticeable veil. The sulfur is still very easily noticeable in the aftertaste, and I also have the association with a little salt.
Overall, this is a great Glendronach, but not the top single casks I've had to date. I am a little lacking balance and complexity. This forest honey sweetness is impressive and damn delicate, but I still lack the balance in my mouth. But that's grumbling on a high level, I have to mention that again here!
I got a good 90/100 points.