This is really delicious and it is simply unbelievable that this matured for 12 years only. But back in the seventies distilleries often added some older casks to such batches to mellow the whisky - if they could not sell them for one of the few prestigious very old blends.
One of the best Glendronach I have tasted so far (even better than most of the very old sherried ones, provided you like whisky and not just high-proof sherry).
The nose is all about sweet fruits (oranges, apricots, peaches, quinces), some spices and a lot of this adorable old bottle flavour (which stands for complexity). No sherry at all, so this is a "naked" old Glendronach. Very interesting to explore the historic aromas profile of this excellent distillery.
Very fruity again and all imbedded in a nice, mellow wooden structure. Lots of different layers and waves of flavours charm my taste buds. A dram to test how many aromas you are able to recognise and differentiate.
Gentle arrival on the tongue with a bold, complex profile. No water needed at all. The finish is of medium length (at the first sip rather short, but after that it gets longer and longer) and on very pleasant wooden notes in addition to the fruits and spices.