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Glendronach 12 Year Old - Original Double Cask

A real pleasant surprise!

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@CarlReview by @Carl

30th Jan 2011

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I must admit, I love the sweetness of a sherried single malt. However, sometimes I find the balance a bit off, and the sweetness gets a bit too much. Not so with this delight. This is my first glass, and I know already it will be a winner for me! Much like the first time I tried Highland Park 12 year old - only my first thoughts are that I like this even better! I first saw this in our local liquor store the other day. When I read the labels, I was very impressed: Double sherry casks, Non chill filtered, natural colours! And a very reasonable price! I came home and did a bit of research, not a lot of reviews about it. Today I was deciding which bottle to treat myself to, and this stuck in my mind. I guess I am one of contrasts: loving the Laphroaig Quarter Cask, and at times loving a milder sherried single malt. My first sip, and found this to unbeliebably smooth. It's also thick and syrupy, and just coats your tongue wonderfully. The nose and palate are definitely sherry, but there is an underlying dryness, even a bit bitter, that balances it out perfectly! I thought that the Aberlour a'bunadh was what I always thought the perfect scotch should taste like, but it just ends with too sweet a note. This one is perfect, with a bit of dryness at the end. The colour is brilliant, a dark and rich copper which I find very appealing. I realize that everyone has different tastes, but this 12 year is what I might expect from an even older whisky. I am not very good a describing nose/palate etc. but will do my best!

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@Carl
Carl commented

Sorry, guys, I must have picked the wrong one from the dropdown list. This should be a review for the Original 12 year Double Cask! And not the 8 year as stated above.

8 years ago 0

@Carl
Carl commented

Please disregard above comment. My mistake was corrected by tech support staff, so my review stands corrected. Thanks, Carl

8 years ago 0

@RoganFox
RoganFox commented

Picked this up recently as felt for the price you could not go wrong and I too enjoy the sweetness of a sherried single malt. Having read your review I will have to crack it open sooner rather than later.

8 years ago 0

@jwise
jwise commented

Have you tried the 15yr Revival? I am sipping it right now, and really enjoying it. I am curious what the 12yr is like in comparison to the 15yr.

8 years ago 0

@Carl
Carl commented

Hi jwise. The 12 year is the only one I can get over here in British Columbia, other than the 33 year that is, at over $350. It would be great to try some others and compare.

8 years ago 0

@two_bitcowboy
two_bitcowboy commented

@ Carl & jwise:

maltadvocate.com/whisky_reviews.asp/…

This link will show you John Hansell's GlenDronach reviews. He's done two 12 years old reviews: the older (87) was during Pernod Ricard's ownership, and the newer (86) is based on the whisky since BenRiach bought the distillery. Interesting to note that John says he liked the older 12 better than the 15 of the era, and now he rates the new 15 the best of the bunch (12, 15, 18).

8 years ago 0

@two_bitcowboy
two_bitcowboy commented

The link above doesn't work as I'd intended. When you get to John's reviews, you can use the drop-down menu to select GlenDronach.

8 years ago 0

@Carl
Carl commented

I had to update my review to 94 instead of 92! The more of this I drink (now going to start on my second bottle), the more I realize it is the scotch that I have always been looking for. It has just the right amount of everything for me. Never too smooth to make it uninteresting. I even prefer it over the HP 12 year and 18 year, although I always preferred the HP 12 year over the 18. This has a beautiful sweet nose, but still the sherry is not overdone on the palate. More honey-like than sherry. It always has just the right amount of burn, on the tongue and going down. Beautiful dry aftertaste, without lingering sweetness. How I wish that I could get the 15 and 18 year over here as well! From the outset, when I first saw this at the shop, I was impressed by the fact that it is non chill filtered and natural colour! The only other Glendronach available here is the 33 year, in an absolutely stunningly beautiful mahogany handmade cylinder. It is probably the most beautifully presented I have ever seen. If I could afford the $330. I would not hesitate to get it, and at some point I just might even if I can't afford it! I simply cannot get over how beautiful this single malt is! Cheers, Carl

8 years ago 0

@Carl
Carl commented

I simply must comment yet again! This is definitely the most sublime whisky that I have personally ever had. Fortunately, I have tried some wonderful whiskies, and have a few excellent ones in my collection. Among my favourites: Ballantine's 17 Years Old, Highland Park 18 Years Old, Glengoyne 10 Years Old, Johnny Walker 15 Years Old vatted single malt, and Glendronach Original 12 Years Old. The Glendronach is the one that simply never lets me down in the slightest. The others, I have to often be "in the mood" for. Even when I don't feel much like having a whisky, I can pour a Glendronach 12 Years, and the first sip always overwhelms me. It just has that perfect balance of sweetness, smoothness, palate and nose. And that full, rich body with the syrupy consistency! Truly my idea of what a real Scotch Single Malt should be! Cheers, Carl

8 years ago 0

@GregLogan
GregLogan commented

I love a man that likes his scotch (or, is it, I like a man that loves his scotch...?)!!!

When a man can talk about a woman the way you talk about your scotch, it would be apparent that a longer term commitment is in order.... (NOTE: I did not say anything about living together - I would need to see several more pages....).

7 years ago 0

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