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My spirits consumption is at a low point but I decide that making an effort to reduce the number of samples I own which helps me get back into the swing of things, especially reviews, since I'm rather rusty there too.
A cask strength Sherry bomb showdown is a good way to get back into things and Glendronach Cask Strength doesn't need much in the way of introductions.The sample was graciously provided by @fiddich1980
Nose: A bit of coffee, marzipan. Sticky buns, apples, yeasty sherry notes, a touch of mineral oil and cassia bark (cinnamon oil) an almost putty like smell/plasticine?
Palate: Earthy, oranges, raisins/dates, Stollen, malted cereals. The oak is present but it's dry, like pencil shavings.
Finish: Chestnuts/celery, thanksgiving stuffing & cranberry sauce with oranges. A big wave of acidity at the end.
The Blab: I love how accessible this is, not too heavy or hot, the notes are very mid-register, loads of cereals, nuts, fruits and good balance, this grew on me by the second try.