Glendronach 12 YO The Original
Category: Single Malt
Manufacturer and bottler: The Glendronach Distillery (Brown - Forman)
Volume: 700 ml
Bottling date: 07/13/2021
Barrel type: Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Sherry Casks
Min. exposure: 12 years
Nose. Baked apples, pears, plums and Seville oranges, apricot pit, dried banana slices, cocktail cherry, chocolate Christmas cake with raisins, almonds, hazelnuts and a mixture of spices (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, star anise). For a 12 year old, very beautiful, powerful, memorable aromatics, as well as a good balance of sweetness and acidity from fruits and spiciness from spices.
Taste. The sweetness of cane sugar at the beginning is replaced by a fleeting pepper, clove, ginger “wave”, which, in turn, already gives way to a richness of fruit overtones (baked pears, dried apples, plum and apricot jam, orange peel with cinnamon, brown raisins, figs) , vanilla cream and nuts. Dessert, but with an appropriate bitterness, silky, with a moderate density (I would still add 3% to the fortress), dryish, but in moderation, rich in various nuances and an extremely pleasant taste that can be enjoyed for a long time, finding new shades.
Aftertaste. Dry. Medium duration. Raisins, dried apricots, ginger, apricot kernel, hazelnuts.
Outcome. A very decent 12. One of the best representatives among non-peat "Scots" of mass production of this age. A real “sherry bomb”, which, despite its youthful years, already demonstrates the hefty potential of properly selected barrels. The richness of taste, aroma and aftertaste is guaranteed to you. Whisky, with which you can catch a buzz under any circumstances.
Rating: 85 out of 100.