Dram Review: The GlenDronach 12 Years Old (Bottled Circa 1980s)

[40.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled Circa Early 1980s・Official Bottling・General Release]

Nose:

The nose is filled with these old-style, quality Sherry cask vibes and frankly speaking, it’s simply satisfying. Chocolate mud cake and intensively sweet dates in moderation. Aged pur’eh together with some fine tannins and vanilla grain. There’s a sweet smoke as well lurking underneath to add depth.

Palate & Finish:

The palate delivers a decent dose of dates and figs, not too intense but nicely rounded with just a wee touch of citrus influence and a subtler hint of dark grapes. On the mid-palate, there are some coconuts as the European oak influence arrives.

The dram finishes off with fine tannins and a bitter chocolate note, with hints of honey and raisins seeping out..

Thoughts:

Absolutely delicious, I would argue that this should be in the short conversation of being a textbook Sherried whisky at 40%.

At the risk of sounding like a vintage whisky snob, Sherried whiskies bottled by quality houses in the early 1980s just seem to be a bit prettier and a bit more defined even for a presumably easily accessible dram like the GlenDronach 12 Years Old; the ABV limits the ceiling but if this is your everyday dram, would you know to ask for more?

And they say our generation is spoiled..

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas