Distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2020, this 12 old single cask from GlenDronach comes to us after 12 years of aging in an Oloroso Puncheon. Bottled at cask strength with no coloring or filtering at 59.8% ABV, Cask #3017 carries a MSRP of $120 and is a US only release.
Spritely on the nose at first, though the wine quickly catches up. Powerful cocoa, honey, praline, brown sugar, and dark wine character.
Sweet on the palate. Rich, syrupy mouthfeel. Blackberry, brown butter, sweet currant jam and lingonberry. Lush and complex. Some cocoa, caramel.
Long finish. A faint pinprick of ethanol, but things are well behaved. Toffee, cocoa, jam and stewed fruits. Powerful blackberry, fudge, currant and some peach.
Lovely and complex, this cask easily demonstrates that older doesn’t necessarily mean better - and often the wine of your choosing is an integral decision when aging and bottling. I love the complexity here, and the blackberry jam quality is so Oloroso and so lovely.
Disclosure: The producer asked us to review this, and sent some along