Nose : Old sherry-soaked wood, sweetness and acidity alternate. Cherry liquor going in the direction of Mon cherie, raisins and nice dark chocolate are also to be found. With more oxygen, spices are released: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla but generally less sweet than at the beginning. Light roasted aromas set in and are reminiscent of roasted hazelnuts. Generally, however, a concentrated charge sweet / sour cherry is in the foreground. The nose becomes more acidic / wine-like and the typical "old beautiful sherry" association is spreading: unburned cigar tobacco and old leather armchairs.
It's time for a few drops of water, which makes it far spicier and wineier. Ostensibly Liebstöckl and some balsamic are to be found. A little more Nüssaromen than without water are also heard. Bitter almond, orange peel and bitter old oak are also present and blend in perfectly with the overall flavor.
Taste: Surprising! Far less sweet than the nose would suggest. Light approaches of raisins, tingle is in the pleasant area. Quickly roasted aromas, walnuts and a lot of coffee. A light vanilla also resonates and an association of some leather also comes to my mind. Bittersweet and bitter alternate. However, just the coffee or the fresh tobacco note remain in the rear end of the middle of the tongue. The finish is quite long, but at the end relatively one-dimensional.
With water (about 4 large drops) : Short sweet and again are raisins to find. However, the sweetness flies relatively quickly and beautiful old sherry makes itself in the mouth wide: coffee, dark chocolate, a lot of spice, tobacco, leather and a pleasant subtle acidity with a bunch of excellent spicy roasted aromas. A wonderfully full mouthfeel and very different than I would have had a PX barrel in anticipation. Dark chocolate stays on the tongue for a long time. From time to time the raisin flashes with a little acid. At the end of the day, the strong black coffee, the espresso and persistently old sherry flavors stay on top.
Conclusion: a lot of time and patience. The need of the GlenDronach. Then it kindles the flavors that make me fly to the 7th heaven. This vinous, spicy sherry loaded with loads of roasted aromas is exactly what I expect from such a Glendronach. No juice bag, but associations of cigar tobacco and old leather couch ... Sweet is here rather in the background to find what I really liked. Fabulous!