The 10th edition of GlenDronach's cask strength bottling features a heavy sherry influence, hefty proof and an attractive price tag. If you're able to find these bottlings, they're notable competitors to the likes of Aberlour A'bunadh and Tamdhu Batch Proof. Let's dive in!
Rich gingerbread, honey, rising bread, sweet buttercream, cherry cordial spicy pepper and a light, nutty character. Lots going on here, with plenty of oak, spices and sweet sherry contributing.
Sweet on the palate, a touch spicy, but loaded with character. A bit of ethanol; candied ginger, honey, butter cream, lightly nutty and full of praline notes, brown sugar, tobacco and syrupy cherries.
Spicy on the finish, loaded with pepper, baking spice, ginger, clove, ethanol and vanilla bean. Wild, complex, powerful, zesty!
Overall, this whiskey shines and burns bright - both literally and figuratively. Spicy, spirit forward and packed with sherry character this dram represents the spritely presence of a high proof, middling age, sherried pour. For fans of heavy sherry influence that doesn't immediately lean sweet and syrupy, this is a winner.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.