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Glendronach was acquired by the BenRiach owners in the summer of 2008. To make that clear to consumers, they 'updated' the name to GlenDronach (with a capital D). And while Glendronach was one of the top 5 selling single malts some 40 years ago, the distillery struggled the last few decennia. In 1996 the distillery was even mothballed for 6 years. Production resumed in May 2002. For some reason, unbeknowst to many (myself included), they filled bourbon casks mainly and after 12 years gave the whisky it's finish in casksOloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry. That, ladies and gents - for those who did not yet fathom this - is the reason for the title of this review.
This GlenDronach 12 Year Old ‘Original’ Double Cask, relaunched in 2009, sold only 9000 bottles in 2008, but in 2009 the new owners were able to boost sales up to a staggering 150.000 bottles!
The nose is dominated by orange marmalade, daisies and lots of bourbon. There is some heather, hay and nuts - the last becoming more prominent upon a second whiff.
The mouth offers sherry and oak, almonds, honey, jam and even a tad of white chocolate.
The finish - reasonably dry - surprises you with its spiciness. Not exactly a grand dram, but very well balanced.
In Belgium, you can buy this bottle for approx. 35 EUR.