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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.