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This 15 Year Old GlenDronach 'Revival' (batch 2010) is a classic in the GlenDronach range, so no wood finish. It was matured on oloroso sherry casks. ‘Revival’ refers to the… err… revival of the distillery in 2008, when it was procured by BenRiach, with Billy Walker as the frontman.
The nose has all the features of ‘full sherry’: raisins, walnuts, espresso, balsamico and even a trace of smoke. But the whole is somewhat overshadowed by a touch of rubber, like new gym shoes kids take to their first school day.
On the palate, it’s quite mouthcoating with again the sherry traits as absolute ruler: raisins, figs, prunes, dark chocolate and cloves. Quite a bit of cinnamon and Italian coffee. Of the sulphur, thank the Maker, no trace.
The finish is nice and long and pretty spicy.
Apart from that sulphury touch on the nose, this is a beautiful, heavily sherried whisky.