Whisky Review: The GlenDronach Single Cask 2005 Aged 12 Years #1451

Style: Fruity and Vibrant


Christmas cake and figs lying neatly alongside with malt biscuits. Banana gummies, black currants ride on an elevation of floral notes. Peppermint and black pepper forming a nice edge. The Pedro Ximenez influence is not strong, it is not a full-on sherry bomb like most GDs, and we get to see a pleasant display of the distillate. Surprisingly nice.


Vibrant, fruity notes with black currant candies falling onto the palate. Here comes the sherry wave – walnut, figs and Christmas cake. The spices is being a bit naughty here and went overboard with the heat. Peppermint staying sharp, and we have malty notes waiting on the other side. Polished oak and armchair notes to finish.


Red currants lollies staying on, just a touch of vanilla and more fruit gummies waiting at the end.


A rather vibrant dram. Not your usual PX sherry bomb, especially when the spirit has more chance to speak in this dram. A tad too young and spicy, but I don’t mind a curve ball GD every now and then.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

[56.1% • Original Bottling • 2005 Distilled • 2017 Bottled • Single Cask •Batch 16 • Aged 12 Years • Cask #1451 •Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • 322 of 698 Bottles • Matured in Pedro Ximenez Puncheon • t]