Nose: Rich and heavy. Huge sultanas, sherry, marzipan, apples, cherries, wet oak, a touch of menthol, and some baking spices.
Palate: Thick and mouth-coating. Milk chocolate, banana, cherry, table syrup, vanilla, cashews, and woodspice. Brilliant intensity.
Finish: A crescendo of baking spices carries us into a drying, musty oak note. Cherries, chocolate, sultanas, earth, leaves, and must. Very “natural” flavours to this, and great intensity.
Thoughts: I tried this immediately after opening it, and I didn’t love it. It tasted young. But when I checked back two weeks later it had opened up beautifully. The young notes had dissipated, and the flavours had reached a nice balance. This whisky has a thick, sweet, syrupy quality that combines with a musty oak note, which ironically reminds me of bourbon. Of course the rich, complex, sherry-forward house style of Glendronach is still at the core of the whisky. Unsurprisingly, ‘Dronach has crafted another solid offering for all you sherry lovers.