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Glendronach 12 Year Old Original

Really Looking Forward to this, BUT

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@vrudy6Review by @vrudy6

8th Jul 2014


Glendronach 12 Year Old Original
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Disclosure: This a review that I jotted down on my review notebook about a year ago. I never posted it on Connosr 'til now. I feel that it's about time that I share my thoughts of what happened on that night. It's not a full detailed review like the ones that I usually write. It's more like the experience. I was really looking forward to this single malt because of the praises that I've read on this site and others, including video reviews on YouTube and what-not.

This is what I wrote:

"There seems to be 2 versions of this SM, the 40% and the 43% abv. I had the 40%. I was not pleased with this SM. Its not elegant whatsoever. There are hints of greatness in this dram like, bitter chocolate, sherry, prunes, raisins, oak, But it's short-lived by its wicked, dark forces. There is ashes or burnt charcoal-like finish to this. Its hard to describe. Sometimes I get reminders of burnt plastic. Leaving the bottle open for a day helped somewhat, but this awful flavor persists. Some people may find that taste appealing, but certainly not for me."

A Week Later...

"As I mentioned, there was an overwhelming burnt-plastic like flavor to this SM that was terrible. Now, after a week being opened, that unpleasant taste is mostly gone. But it's certainly hanging about in the background. This has to be the most chameleon-like SM I have ever encountered, once it oxidizes. Still, It is somewhat disappointing. At $65.00, for a 12 year old, there are far better SM out there at a lower price point."

I feel that this could certainly be just a bad batch or bottle, or even something as simple as a bad cork. Who knows. What ever it may be, this whisky deserves a second chance. In the coming months I will be posting another review of this single malt. It will be interesting to see how my palate has changed in the span of a year, hopefully, in a positive way. Because at the end of the day, nobody wants to waste their hard-earned money on bad whisky...

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