In the nose, initially more reserved than expected. Not that violent sherry fist from the overloaded sherry bombs that have been so popular lately. It is much more elegant with lots of dark fruits, boiled with figs, raisins, cherries, blackberries ... and a little apple sprinkled with cinnamon. Now comes the chocolate ... associations of chocolate with nuts. Not really dark chocolate, just a little bittersweet. A really pleasant, slightly sour note is added, which I love for whisky matured in sherry casks. I thought that was so delicious with The Maltman Secret Speyside 16y. And in the end, the wood comes with fresher wood from a carpentry and older wood from old furniture. Everything is wonderfully interwoven ... just great as soon as you let it stand longer and have the first sip approved. Then the aroma becomes even stronger.
In the mouth incredibly creamy and oily, it pushes vigorously with its 51.7% and dark sweet fruits flood the mouth ... wow! Spices follow with pepper, cinnamon and a pleasant woodiness with hints of leather, the chocolate is now darker and lines the mouth. Complex, sweet, fruity, dry, spicy ... somehow everything together but everything harmonizes wonderfully. The 51.7% alcohol is perfectly integrated and ensures the optimal level of strength.
The aromas stay in the mouth for a long time. Wonderful. Dark chocolate with a fruit filling with dark fruits and garnished with a little pepper ... this is how you can perhaps describe it.
Overall, I have to say that this is a really good whisky. The nose is not as strong as hoped at the beginning, but you should leave the whisky for 30 minutes with a lid on the glass. It opens up more and more and the boiled fruits become more and more present. Similar to the Couvreur Blossoming Auld Sherried, where the nose is initially weaker than expected ... but gradually it gets really awesome. The Glendronach is not an "in the face" whisky, but a gentle and elegant gentleman with an abundance of flavors. Anyone who gets involved will be rewarded with a complex and wonderfully complex whisky.
We do not need to discuss the price. The whisky is really expensive! And it is not € 350 more delicious than an Allardice or Parliament. But he plays in a higher league, I have to make that clear.
My rating: fabulous 93/100 points