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Glendronach 12 Year Old Original

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RReview by @Rigmorole

8th Jul 2014

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You've gotta bloody right to say . . . Glendronach 12 is a rich, creamy sherry bomb that radiates flavor in your mouth even, though its strength registers at a mellow 43% ABV. But, hey, that's more than Highland Park 12's frugal 40%.

Yes, I know, Glendronach 12 is not the most complex whisky, but it is a great deal for the money.

Here are my tasting notes:

Nose: Sugar plumb, hazelnut, peaches and cream, light oak.

Palate: Buttered white toast, milk chocolate, cashew, fruit compote.

Finish: Medium, caramel, honey, nougat, and a touch of oak.

Where I live (in Oregon, USA), a bottle of the Glendronach 12 sells for $60. I think that is a bargain, given what it has to offer. If you enjoy a sweet scotch, this one has the right balance. It's not sickly sweet by any stretch of the imagination.

The delightful oily mouthfeel and the creaminess really helps to offset the obvious sherry influence. All told, I would venture to say that the Glendronach 12 is a gentle "sherry bomb," if that is possible.

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9 comments

Rigmorole commented

I am reviewing the maroon colored bottle that says "Glendronach Original 12 Matured in a combination of the finest Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso sherry casks. The illustration above that popped up with the Glendronach Original 12 is incorrect and out of date. See the above link for the correct image on my website.

5 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

I should have mentioned that there is indeed sherry on the finish, as well. However, it strikes me as a bit more Oloroso than Ximinez, at least in the bottle I have.

5 years ago 0

@whiskyed
whiskyed commented

Do you have the date code from the bottle you reviewed ? This whisky could possibly be up to 18 years old!!!!

5 years ago 0

@SimeonSanchez
SimeonSanchez commented

An encouraging review. Just picked up a bottle at the Hamlin Grocery stop in Luddington, MI over the July 4 weekend for $54 without knowing much about it. The maroon packaging is very pretty.

5 years ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

A much better deal than any of the current NAS Macallan offerings.

5 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Bottling code: U25 265

5 years ago 0

@bijalon
bijalon commented

The bottling code should be below the back label, laser printed in black. It will be in the form of 2013/08/27 12:23 then a letter & number code underneath that. I had to hold the bottle to light as the code is difficult to find. Light shining through the bottle makes the black print pop against the reddish gold colored spirit. That's the easiest way I found to read it.

4 years ago 0

@selfbuilt
selfbuilt commented

Yes, and judging from comments online (e.g., search Words of Whisky for this expression), it would seem that anything bottled before early 2014 would have to be from old-make, pre-1996 Glendronach (and so be much older). Agree that the bottling code is hard to make out - I needed to use a flashlight to see mine. :)

4 years ago 0

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