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

Style: Fruity and Vibrant

Nose:

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.

Palate:

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.

Finish:

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

Thoughts:

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]

-Esmond