We’ve highlighted GlenDronach 12yo before but this week we though we’d revisit it for one very simple reason. As you’ll know from our various tasting notes, GlenDronach are well-known for producing some of the most beautiful sweet sherried style Scotch Whisky on the market today, largely owed in part to Billy Walker. Now under the guidance of new Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, Glendronach have gone from strength-to-strength and as expected some expression have had a slight tweak. As mentioned before, GlenDronach are very well know for producing Scotch matured in ex-sherry Oloroso & Pedro Ximenez casks, which give rich, sweet and creamy notes. The 12yo ‘Original’ is a richly sherried single malt, matured for at least 12 years in a combination of the finest Spanish Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks. Non-chill filtered, of natural colour, the GlenDronach 12 year old Original and known for being a sweet, creamy dram.
On the nose: there are initial notes of oranges, pears, burnt toffee, cherries and vanilla. This is closely followed by enticing notes of sherbet, a light waft of spices, candy floss and cinnamon. Rounding off the nose are notes of stem ginger, grapes and madeira cake, with a lovely backdrop of cream. On the palate: those burnt toffee notes nosed are ever-present, followed up by a luxurious milk chocolate. Theres notes of mixed fruits, tobacco, raisins and a nutty note of almonds that start to emerge. Theres also notes of spices, marmalade and sherry, with a much welcomed creamy texture. The palate is nicely rounded off by Demerara sugar, cardamom, an oily note and a whisper of apricots. The finish: is long, with sweet mixed fruits and spices, with lingering nuttiness and oak.
The verdict: This GlenDronach 12-year-old scotch is something rather special. While we thorough;y enjoyed the previous iteration, there has been a slight change. There are a seductive array of notes that just keep unfolding that have been finely balanced, this 12yo ‘Original’ GlenDronach is one that should be in every whisky lovers cabinet. With a ABV of 43%, it doesn’t require any water in my opinion. Though if you feel the need to, then do so until its just right for you.
GlenDronach ‘Original’ 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is available online or in-store at any well-stocked whisky shop for approximately £45. For more information on The ‘Original’ 12 Year Old , visit the official GlenDronach website.