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GlenDronach Highlands Region Scotland

GlenDronach Original 12yo

Review of GlenDronach Original, the distillery's 12-year-old.

Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 43%
Ageing barrells: Ex-Sherry Oloroso and PX
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Brown Forman Corporation (BenRiach)
Average price: € 45.00
Official website: www.glendronachdistillery.com
Vote: 85/100

I’m slowly going through the whole basic portfolio of GlenDronach, keeping the bottles apart so as not to drown in a sea of Sherry!

And with this bottling, matured in Sherry Oloroso casks and then finished in PX ones, I think I’m in for a treat in the glass!
The name ‘Original’ actually helps to distinguish it from another similar ageing but finished in Sauternes Wine casks, produced over three vintages from 2014 to 2016 at an alcohol content of 46%.

Amber in the glass.
As expected, the nose is pre-eminently sherried, a creamy, warm apple pie with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon, sultanas infused in alcohol, chocolate, cereal, strawberry jam. A hint of ginger to break up this sweet explosion. Nothing complex or layered, but very pleasant.
Accompanied again by ginger, the palate reflects the sweet soul of the whisky, finding chocolate together with caramel, red fruits, malt biscuits, hazelnuts (and walnuts), orange marmalade, liquorice. The sweetness is balanced by the bitterness and tininess of the dried fruit, an appropriate balance even in such a young whisky.
Medium finish of hazelnuts, liquorice and malt.

A simple whisky but not a trivial one, capable, despite its youth, of displaying a certain balance of aromas, presenting itself as a pleasant, unpretentious but not boring everyday dram.

Other bottlings in the blog:
GlenDronach Allardice 18yo
GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7
GlenDronach Parliament 21yo
GlenDronach The Hielan’ 8yo

Other perspectives:
The Whiskey Jug

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