I hadn’t realised how many different batches of the pre-Revival revival there were. This batch was dated 27/10/2014.
N: This one is more fruity wax than the previous two, with particular notes around fruit stationery and [cigarette & banana] candy. There’s a richness to this one that comes from a commendable dunnage-y depth, abv strength and some wonderfully active [sherry] casks. Is there bourbon too? From memory. I think the Revival might have been 100% oloroso sherry cask matured in the beginning, but at some point, they began using more fresh 1st fill bourbon casks for finishing as stocks were diminishing. Regardless, in short, a gorgeous nose I want to stay with.
T: Sherried yet with more bourbon-y/dunnage-y action. Looking back to notes I made about this back in the day, I noted ‘Apparently Glendronach has been favouring a heavier use in bourbon casks of late‘ [Nov ’14]. This reminds me in so many ways to Balblair vintages 1990. 1991, even a little of the 1983 and rather like ‘that sherry cask’ 1994 Glen Moray [WLP]. Lovely!
F: Now, much similar to the previous two in flavour profile, yet the finish here is longer. You can’t argue with the calibre of those casks and the presentation.
C: ‘A must-buy’ says it all though it’s too late now for these versions.