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We continue our journey in GlenDronach land, with the lovely 12 year old which is i’ve learned to know is a favourite of many GlenDronach fans. Matured in a combination of PX (Pedro Ximenez) and Oloroso Sherry Casks, this whisky is the entry level GlenDronach (if we don’t take into account the younger Octarine reviewed last year). This expression is a veteran and has been around even before the BenRiach group took over the GlenDronach distillery (2008) . It’s well priced at around £30, and offers a great value, IMHO.
Nose: Vanilla and dried fruit , honey , cereals and a citrusy edge. A lovely nose. Just like we like them! Palate : Creamy and rich . sherry goodness can definitely be found here. Lots of dried fruit , sweet honeyed and mouth coating. Very nice. Finish ; wood , spice (ginger) cocoa and chocolate, some nuttiness as well.
I really liked this one. It’s lighter than the 15 year old with a lot less ‘in your face’ sherry nose (minus the balsamico), but still offers a thick and creamy lush sherry experience, with the text book dried fruit, a palate that is very rewarding all for a lovely price. A worthy entry into the Glendronach realm. I need a bottled of this in my bar, a fun and rewarding dram it is, and a great introductory sherry dram for non sherry-monster lovers.