The GlenDronach 16 Year Old Platinum is a little known release from this Speysider which, next to a general release, also saw a special release for Germany, Taiwan and South Africa. Thanks to The Bonding Dram, I get to taste the latter one. It was launched in 2012.
It is quite different from the 15 years old Revival. Much sweeter on the nose on butterscotch and cinnamon, while plums, raisins and dades are certainly there. But it is much cleaner, if you know what I mean. Some Café Frappé, mocha and hints of leather and fresh cherries. Some stewed apples with clear hints of milk chocolate. I quite like this.
It is oily, round and mouth coating. Wonderfully sweet on candied sugar, toffee, mokatine and Christmas cake. Dried fruit. Milk chocolate. Less dirty than the Revival and very elegant.
The finish is long with a nice spiciness with just a touch of bitterness from the oak.
While this one is more interesting that the Revival or even the Allardice, it’s price tag will lead me towards those two first, though. But what a great GlenDronach indeed.