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Glendronach 12 Year

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    12 Years

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  • Raided Score: 76
  • Publication: SpiritSurveyor
  • Excerpt: This was a nice, standard bottling from GlenDronach. Simple but a nice balance of the sherry and malt.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: There’s enough complexity for “seasoned pros” to enjoy while not so overly complex that less experienced drinkers would feel lost or overwhelmed. It’s a simple, straightforward and tasty whisky that I’m enjoying every single second of.
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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: It’s got a rawness that I enjoy. Another one that would be good for your hipflask.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Somewhat chewy, the finish has a woody aspect and the sugar and spice are backup singers to the headliner that is dried fruit.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The palate is quite rich and seductive, those nutty walnut and polished wood notes really driving the agenda, which ultimately leads you down a road to creme brulee, more toffee, toasted marshmallow, and hits of clove-studded orange, a citrusy overtone which lingers on the finish for quite some time.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: It's well blended, has lots of complexity and really hits a lot of notes I enjoy.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: This whisky was originally matured in sherry casks, but was then (fortunately) aged in bourbon casks for the remainder of its maturation. The result? A richly flavored, nicely balanced whisky expressing notes of sherried fruit, burnt caramel, light toffee, and nuts, all underpinned by a soothing malty foundation.
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  • Intro:

    This is a bottling of GlenDronach 12 Year. It was bottled in 2013, though, which means the contents are likely much older due to the several-year period that GlenDronach spent closed.

  • Nose:

    There's honey, there's vanilla, there's some light fruit like apple and pear, and then BAM — the sherry hits. It's not quite Macallan on the dark fruit/raisin scale, but the sherry is there in force, and it's delicious. It's complex and well-blended for its age. I'm a fan.

  • Taste:

    Spice, light pepper and some honey followed by more sherry notes. The fruit and sweetness are there and give way to vanilla and a tiny bit of cinnamon.

  • Finish:

    The finish isn't insanely long, but it's well blended and nice and warming all of the way down. There's (surprise) more sherry, and it peters off with one last blast of fruity sweetness.

  • Overall:

    I expected to enjoy this dram but I loved it more than I expected. It's well blended, has lots of complexity and really hits a lot of notes I enjoy.

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