Nose: Closed off initially. After a few minutes... still slightly closed. Caramel, tannins, dark raisins, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, milk chocolate, apple pie.
Palate: Medium bodied, with strong spices. Big sherry, raisins, baked apple, coffee-flavoured chocolate, cinnamon, cherry, and faint orange.
Finish: Medium length with a lot of intensity. This is malty and prickly. Cinnamon, white pepper, woodspice, nutmeg, orange juice, apples, raisins, anise, coffee, dark chocolate, malt, oak, with lingering cream.
Thoughts: As expected, there’s a solid caliber of sherry here. And while there may be quite a few tasting notes (there always are with Dronach), they aren’t as dynamic or harmonious as I’m used to from the brand. It’s also quite a fiery dram. The spices are a bit too assertive in this one. They have a cumulative effect that tires me of this whisky rather quickly. Also, if I’m having a tasting session, I find my palate in a lesser state after drinking this. There are good flavours here, but it’s not the most balanced Dronach. There’s added kick from the alcohol and a quality sherry presence, and I’m sure that’s enough for a lot of people. Still a bit prickly for me. I’m not in love.