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Glendronach 12 Year Old Original

A nice after dinner dram

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

24th May 2017


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This bottle wasn't mine, but my wife's grandfather only drinks scotch with me, so I've had more than my fair share of the bottle and I feel qualified to evaluate it. It was opened at Christmas and finished this past weekend. Full disclosure: I'm not a huge fan of sherry-bomb type whiskies. Read at your own discretion.

Nose: Raisins, figs, green apples, vanilla

Body: Very rich and full bodied. Very pleasant mouthfeel

Palate: The development is where this malt really shines. Initial notes of raisins/dates and some caramelized sugar, developping to red licorice, finishing with dark cherries.

Finish: medium-long with more dark cherries, and subtle notes of black pepper and oak

Overall, this bottle was very good. Not mind-blowing, but above average, for sure.

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Hewie commented

That's a nice tradition with your wife's Grandfather. I bought one of these based on various recommendations, but I've been fairly unimpressed by my bottle (which has been open about 3 months) - it's quite ordinary. It definitely appreciates and improves with a bit of time in the glass though.

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OdysseusUnbound commented

@Hewie I was a bit divided about how to review this malt. I wouldn't buy a bottle of it, but that's out of preference. I can't really fault the whisky. It's kind of a one-trick pony, but just reading the bottle, one couldn't really be surprised by the taste of fruit, fruit and more fruit. For a sherry-bomb, I feel that it's pretty well-executed. But like you, I'm not blown away by it.

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Hewie commented

@OdysseusUnbound I had another glass of this last night and I'm happy to report that it is improving with time that it's open in the bottle. Getting more of what I'd expect and you described now - it felt quite closed previously. I'm sure I'll enjoy the 2nd half of the bottle more than the 1st half now.

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OdysseusUnbound commented

@Hewie When my wife's grandfather first opened it, I found it more "raisin-y" and lacking in the red fruits department, but those flavours came through after the bottle had been opened for about a month.

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