Nose: Pleasant wine-like acidity and liquor-like sweetness at the same time. Bitter almond, sour cherry, mint, marzipan, dark chocolate, caramelized sugar, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, plums with orange blossom or jasmine tea and lovage. A certain sour, old planzlich-tart oak note can be found permanently in the background and reveals the proud age of the drop. In addition, the oak urges the association of sawn old and sherry-soaked wood. Quite different from the typical sherry monsters that you are used to from GlenDronach. The nose reminds me of an old Glenfarclas with more sweet components. In any case meant in a positive sense. With 4 drops of water, a slightly musty woody note as well as a slightly spent matchstick note is released. Taste: Very sweet sherry, bittersweet prunes with candy and cinnamon. At first, everything is accompanied by a pleasant tingle. After a certain time, however, old, spicy sherry notes appear: cigar boxes (tobacco), leather, walnuts or roasted hazelnuts and a touch of nutmeg. A residual sweetness in the form of burned sugar remains in any case, and a vinous sour note also remains long-lasting in the mouth and reminiscent of long chewed sour cherries. The mouth also has a chilled effect and enhances the association with mint. The finish is orange peel and dark chocolate to identify. Noticeable bitterness in the form of espresso notes can not be found. It is more of an elegant spicy-tart oak note. Very interesting! Nevertheless, the finish is really long and so very different than expected. It remains a subtle planzlich-herb-looking oak note and residual sweetness in the form of orange peel and mint exist. Fascinating how sweet the drop in the initial taste is, but still releasing all the old spicy sherry notes after a while. Very interesting and delicious!
Addendum: Even with a few drops of water, the drop still remains uncannily long sweet in the mouth but also more subtle and a little spicier. Some coffee is to be heard now. Generally, however, the finish remains on the elegant or dark side. Leather, tobacco and roasted aromas are also noticeable, but not superficial. Ostensibly remains a kind of tingling oak note that turns to the end in a herbal-tart component. In short, some water is also good for the drop. Conclusion: is that a good drop? Yes! Is it a Glendronach as it is in the book? No. Is that necessarily bad? Not at all, it's an interesting and tasty experience at the same time. Is he worth the current purchase price (399 €)? I doubt it very much. Still, just because it's such an unusual GlenDronach, worth a real experience.