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Pretty much the standard offering from the semi-independant Glendronach. I once had a sample of 9yo bourbon matured single cask Glendronach, so I knew their younger stuff could be very good. It made me want to try the sherry matured as well. This one comes unchillfiltered and no coloring agent was added, which is nice:) Picked it up for only €25,-
Appearance: Reddish brown, pretty colour for a 12yo and after a swirl, the legs take a while to come down.
Nose: without water a bit restrained. Big oak, dried brown spices and woodpolish. With a few drops all the flowery and fruity notes appear. The oak gets softer and the polish makes way for sweet raspberry jam, rose petals and some waxy raisin, creamy chocolate and hazelnut.
Palate: Arrives gently with a light mouthfeel and with a sweet touch, slowly building to the full experience. The waxy note from the nose is there and dances in betweeen the oaky, fruity and nutty notes. Nutty- and spiciness is more pronounced than in the nose but the fruits remain clear as well. There is a nice gentle glow and it gets dry and a little bitter. Nice development here.
Finish: Now this is the part that surprised me a bit... In a good way because its quite long and interesting. The finish turns out to be quite dry with bittersweet blood orange, dry oak, creamy nuts, milk chocolate and the red fruits return too.
While this one doesnt excel in anything, it is very good at a lot of things. Its interesting from nose to finish and its just... very tasty. After one, I want another. This is a pretty, happy whisky which is not too heavy on the soul, nor on the wallet so pouring one more time, surely wont be a crime. Excellent value for money