First impression on the nose is especially a lot of balance. No aggressiveness or notes that want to stick out. It's very fruity I gotta say. We've got apple, tangerine, apricot, mango, banana, raisin and raspberry. All very delicate. Then vanilla, wax, honey, walnut, fake leather, chocolate chip cookie, marzipan, a little mint and an earthy dunnage note. Leans towards the current 15yo Revival, only more sugary. Don't expect 'first-fill artillery'.
In the mouth, more of the same with the fruity notes to a lesser extent. Again, very soft and easy to sip on. Apple, peach, apricot, blueberry and white grape. Then some vanilla, honey, praliné, cookie dough, malt and a dunnage note that is typical of Glendronach.
The finish is rather short. Malty, some peach and a little white chocolate.
A fine malt, really. Easy to sip on, enough complexity, just good. But we're having a Glendronach here, ladies and gentlemen. James Allardice would step out of his grave if he heard about this. Glendronach shines the best with a good dose of sherry influence, its reputation is built upon those wonderful casks for a matter of fact. This one just feels rushed in some kind of way. Sherry in the background, port is nowhere to be found.. It's a fine whisky on its own but when looking at Glendronach, this one is another miss from Rachel Barrie.
Based on a sample.