Glendronach 40 yo 1972/2012 (50.2%, OB, LMdW, Oloroso Sherry Butt, cask # 713, 476 bottles) Colour: deep amber. Nose: wham! An unbeatable combination of very old Sauternes, raisins, pipe tobacco, Demarara rum, prunes and, well, Christmas cake... That was just the first layer, because many tinier aromas are well alive underneath it, including cured ham, cigars, truffle, leather polish, humus and chocolate. Ultra-classic top-notch sherry maturing without the slightest flaw. After fifteen minutes: more pleasantly heady notes of big black raisins (and maybe dried goji berries). Mouth: powerful and hugely concentrated, starting both spicy and fruity (dried). It's appropriately extremely Christmassy, in fact. Chocolate, cloves, juniper berries, raisins, prunes, caraway seeds, dates, cardamom… It's all fantastic and strikingly fresh and heavy at the same time. High concentration. Finish: very long, with more coffee this time as well as touches of kirsch. Cloves again in the aftertaste, and big time. Comments: simply another wonder from Scotland's emblematic vintage. Vintage effects are controversial in whisky but should they exist, I think 1972 was to Scotch was 1959 was to French wine. SGP:652 - 92 points.