I previously tasted the first three batches and recently – at a tasting in Ghent – batch 6, the most recent at this point. I had not yet been able to get my hands on batch 4 or 5. But now I’m halfway that mission, as batch 4 just landed on my desk. Let’s see if this is as good as its brothers.
The nose is textbook GlenDronach. Nothing but fruit, fruit and more fruit. Albeit in a wonderful little stew in this case. And drenched in a good dollop of honey. So sweet… In alphabetical order: apricots, mandarin, peach, prunes, raisins and sultanas. And a lovely mix of nuts. Not a sherry bomb, but a lovely fruity whisky all the same. Very aromatic and juicy.
Nice arrival, good strength without scorching and spicy on white pepper and loads of ginger. Some cinnamon and maybe even a single clove. The prunes come first, followed by honey. I also get some caramelized orange peel. Boy, oh boy, this is so good.
It does turn a tad piquant in the finish, though. And – can you guess it? – leaves your mouth completely dry.
It is Christmas yet? Not that I would ask Santa to bring me a bottle, but this is the type of dram that would go down very well on Christmas Eve. Heartwarming. And in my opinion the best of the series so far. You can find it for around 65 EUR. If anyone has batch 5 open, I would welcome a sample.