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Haven’t had this in a while. The Revival is known to fall victim to sulfur taint sometimes, which is what happened to my last bottle. It’s a shame, actually. I really liked it when it was popped, but a rubber flavour set in after a month and seemed to get worse with time. The whisky that I loved at first became undrinkable; I believe I killed the bottle in mixed drinks. But obviously that’s not every bottle. Time to come back to it.
Nose: Layered, with very big sherry. Raisins, figs, oranges, cinnamon, chocolate, plums, roasted pecans, leather. Serious depth here.
Palate: Creamy texture and a medium body. There’s cream, raisins, figs, dates, chocolate, cinnamon, plum, apple vinegar, and red apple skin.
Finish: Quite long and richly layered. Cream, vanilla, sherry, raisins, leather, roasted nuts, charcoal, red apple skin, fruit tobacco.
Thoughts: Not hard to see why this is so popular. GlenDronach doesn’t do superficial sherry; they go for the deep, rich, layered stuff. The richness here works nicely with its medium body and creamy profile. That being said, I prefer the likes of the Cask Strength, the Platinum, and the Octarine, but I can see why this one is basically the ‘flagship’ for the brand. A straight-forward quality sherry with good bang-for-buck, you can’t go wrong. Well… unless it’s sulfur tainted.