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Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival Sherry Cask

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@WhiskyBeeReview by @WhiskyBee

24th Aug 2012


Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival Sherry Cask
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On one hand, this is a heavier version of the GlenDronach 12 yo Original. On the other, it's much more than that. A bigger, gutsier whisky than the 12 yo, its layers are also more clearly defined and prominent. I mentioned in my previous review that the 12 yo was a good summertime whisky. This one is a winter warmer (although it tastes great on this 90-degree August day as well!).

Nose: I detect some of the same elements as the 12 yo, albeit much earthier and bolder. The sherry and vanilla have become one, while a touch of barbeque smoke and spice hang around on the sidelines.

Arrival: Unlike the 12 yo, this one really announces itself immediately. Again, sherry and vanilla dominate.

Development: Gets spicier and meatier in a hurry, although previous tastes linger -- this one doesn't change so much as it keeps adding layers. Wood and smoke slathered with honey and Worcestershire sauce.

Finish: Fairly long, with the increased dryness and spiciness providing a good balance to the sweetness that came before.

In all, this whisky was a case of love at first dram. I also rate it a bit higher than the 12 yo owing to no coloring, no chill filtering, and its 46% ABV. There are a few whiskies I may prefer to this, but it's definitely in my top five. For what it is, I find little room for improvement.

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Jason0142 commented

Great review, Have an empty bottle of this on the wall, unfortunately I finished it and forgot to take tasting notes before hand. If you like this you have got to keep an eye out for some of Glendronachs single cask bottling. The good ones are out of this world.

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