To start, a very good whisky really. The sherry is nicely integrated and the combo of PX and Oloroso casks is well executed, and I'm not that big of a fan of Glendronach on PX. Some minor notes only that didn't click with me, isn't it that he shares the exact same name of a now almost gone but legendary bottling.. Which is not fair to a loyal fanbase. It's different spirit, vatted at the hand of a different recipe and master blender. The old Revival had the advantage of older stock too, which was a wonderful move marketing wise. So, my expectations weren't that high and I must say that I'm disappointed and pleasantly surprised at the same time. The past is behind us and I don't have that many of the older Revival left.. Which is sad. On the other hand, this is a fine dram on its own and I can imagine this being an eye-opener for those who haven't had the privilege of drinking the old Revival. Honestly, I would secure a few of these if they were on discount. The thought of 35-40 euro's for a superb 15yo still chases me!
Fruity and sticky sweet. Much intenser sherried than the 12 year old. We've got orange peel, apricot, overripe banana, plum and blueberry. That leads to caramel, milk chocolate, custard, glazed donut and sultana. Further on ginger, honey, pistacchio, walnut, pork chop and something musty like an old basement. I was hoping for a deja-vu, sadly that isn't the case. Emotions aside, a very solid nose with an equal PX to Oloroso ratio.
As sweet as the nose suggested with some dry Oloroso mixed in, a little tart but very jammy. Blood orange, apricot, raisin, banana, mango and citrus. Also dark chocolate, caramel, orange marmalade, sultana and licorice. Further some notes of ginger, vanilla, oak, leather, balsamic vinegar and a little bitter, grainy note in the back. This would be top-notch if it wasn't so tart, makes it feel thinner overall.
Medium to long. Fairly dry with citrus, caramel, grain cereal and mint.