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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.