A beautiful GlenDronach that would accompany a Christmas cake perfectly.
This nose is what I like to call deep sherry. Wonderful dark fruit with a drop of balsamico, some espresso, but the leading role is unmistakably reserved for marzipan. It also hints at something like smoked ham wrapped around a fresh dade. Umami. Oxo? But do not leave it breathing for too long, for it then gets something that reminds me of sneakers.
It is very creamy, but surprisingly soft. I am not inclided, at any time, to add water to this. Well seasoned which gives the dark and succulent fruits a nice depth. Cloves, mostly.
The finish is long and now the spices become very loud. Maybe I should have added a splash after all?
Producer`s Notes Appearance: Deep gold with a distinctive dark beige appearance. Nose: Ripe plums and stewed apples with a generous sprinkle of all-spice. A surge of fine Oloroso adds some weight and length. Palate: Juicy fruits of plums and ripe damsons. This is followed by lighter summer fruit elements of peaches and nectarines. Medium to full bodied with terrific balance.
There's no amount of bottles stated above. The label on mine states 139 from 509 bottles.
Thick sherry, truffle chocolate, earthy / wet clay, dry oak, autumn leaves, red grapes, cloves & a pinch of curry. Musty, dry (oak) & juicy at the same time, nice. (90.5) A bit later (5-10 minutes): still most of the above but seems to turn slightly more mineral towards dry clay and showing some raisins, wood, vanilla & licorice now. Also a slight (smoked) fish & rubber note...? (89)
nice and oily mouthfeel, thick dark & juicy sherry, plums, dried & fresh, a surprisingly a fruity bitterness/astrigency as well (I would guess towards paxarette if it were older...), (91)
fades out slowly with a nice long lasting dark sherry prickle (more from the tannins than alcohol), raisins, freeze dried plums, licorice, (89)