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Glendronach 12 Year Old Original

Classic GlenDronach

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@AlexswedenReview by @Alexsweden

28th Apr 2017


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This bottle was gifted to me. I missed the 15 when it was available but I've had my fair share of Glendronachs and I never got dissapointed. let's see what the 12 brings to the table.


The nose treats me ripe red fruits and butterscotch. Milk chocolate, banana and the sherry influence sings loudly.The nose is sweet and a little shy. Some dry oloroso makes an appearance after a couple of minutes. It's fairly simple but very pleasant.

Adding water brings out notes of banana liqueur and more sweet fruits. It also makes the nose come together a bit and makes for a nice bump.


The palate Is very creamy, especially without water, and medium dry. Nutty and sweet with some tart black raisins. Water makes it considerably sweeter, almost a little sugary.


Nutty chocolate, sweet and just barely over-ripe red apples. It dies out with some faded leather and fruity sweetness.

Quite a simple whisky but a good one at that!

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Victor commented

@Alexsweden, thanks for your nice review!

I've managed to never have had a taste of Glendronach 12 yo, but I have tasted some other Glendronachs. I always see the same thing in reviews about the 12 yo: people say they like it but they are timid in their praise and they never give it high numbers. Bottom line for me is that I am eager to taste some, but it would be a taste, not a bottle.

10 months ago 0

Hewie commented

I agree with you on this one. I was expecting a little more from it but it is still a pleasant drink and at a fair price. You mention that "the nose is sweet and a little shy" - I certainly found it a bit closed and it takes a while to open up. I was able to pick it up here in NZ for $72 which is about 45 Euros so not bad.

10 months ago 0

BlueNote commented

I keep thinking this is the best alternative to the old Macallan 12, but it really is quite different in its degree of sherry-ness. I like it better than the Glenfarclas 12 but not as much as the Macallan 12 and nowhere near as much as the Glenfarclas 15. Very nice review and spot on with the score @Alexsweden.

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paddockjudge commented

@BlueNote, this was a stunner a few years ago when all of the distilleries stocks were older than 12 years...and the older than 12 year whisky was being bottled as 12 year.

10 months ago 0

BlueNote commented

@paddockjudge Yes, agreed. It's not up to what it once was.

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Alexsweden commented

At its price I drink it is a fairly good buy. Nice and very drinkable but not mind blowing.

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