Honey, plums, cinnamon and raisin at first approach. Big juicy green apples with oak and leather behind it. Molasse, tobacco and Christmas cake. This is such a holiday nose, something you sip in your most comfortable chair by the fireplace on a cold winter night. 23/25
The arrival is honeyed and mouth coating, it gets you salivating as it develops into fall spices and deep rich fruits like apricots, peaches, green grapes and stewed plums. It’s absolutely heavenly and comforting. The fresh tobacco is there with creamy milk chocolate, a little white pepper and oak. There is a certain spiciness that I associate with Dronach’s distillate and it’s here in spades, yes the sherry maturation does its job by aging the spirit to the rich and unctuous liquid we have now but it’s no paint-by-number sherry bomb (a la a’bunadh, 105 or Nadùrra Oloroso). It’s a carefully crafted one, the cask dominates but the spirit still shines. Also for 20 years in casks, the oak was very respectful, keeping the whisky nice and round with little to no tannins and bitterness. 23/25
Long, I mean I keep salivating long second after swallowing because the flavours remain, it’s a long chew. Heavy with dark honey and for the first time, some maltiness on the tongue. I’m also getting a lot of raisins, maltesers and tobacco. Out of everything I’ve reviewed so far, this has been my strongest finale. 23/25
Value and presentation.
This bottle fetches quite a bit of money nowadays but upon release, it was 108$ CAD. If I could go back in time......
Glendronach’s presentation is without reproach; it’s un-chillfiltered, bottled without added colour at 46%. Top marks all around. 25/25