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The GlenDronach 12 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old
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GlenDronach 12 Year Old Bottling Note

If sherried single malt is very much your thing, then GlenDronach is a name you should get to know very well. The distillery resides in the Highlands, busily working away on some incredible expressions, with sherried malt sitting at the core of many of them. This particular dram, The GlenDronach 12 Year Old, is allowed to age in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez casks from Spain, resulting in generous helpings of dried fruit and Christmas spice running through it.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Rich cereals, struck match, raisin, cinnamon, caramelised sugar. Opens with some sweeter PX and lots of delicious raw ginger before becoming creamier with hazelnuts.

Palate: Fruits, peels, buttery. Pain au chocolat, a little marmalade on toast before becoming firmer and nuttier with spiced raisins.

Finish: Smoky toffee and nut brittle.

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GlenDronach 12 Year Old Reviews

Level up

It's still good but not a stand out 12. The Edradour 12 is a far superior malt though a fair bit pricier. You need to level up to the 15 18 and 21 for the true sherry bombs of Glendronach.

9th August 2021

A shell of its old former self

Brown-Forman is going more of the Diageo route with Glendronach. The scotch is a shell of its former self and master blender Rachel Barrie ain't no Billy Walker.

It is a descent scotch and amongst the better entry level whiskies avialable. However it misses the depth of flavor from earlier editions, yet still close to my favorite entry level whiskies the only thing really consistent about this 12yo core range is that quality has been inconsistent but also gradually gone downhill.

In its defense it is still bottled at 43% abv, non-chillfiltered and non-colored but nowhere near the quality and flavor Billy Walker and his team delivered. Just compare the depth of flavor, nose and natural color of an older bottling drawn from fresher sherry casks to these newer ones and you'll see how pale in color and flavor it has become due to the use of dull 5th refill sherry casks. Reminds me a bit of the lesser 12yo Glenfarlcas bottles that contained some type of sour curry off note due to the use of exhausted refill casks and often contaminated with sulphur. They seemed to have fixed it over there at "Farclas" mostly and I may even prefer a Glenfarclas 12 yo over a Glendronach 12 yo these days but it wasn't always that way.

Truly independent distilleries who have mutual respect for their supporters and who don't try to sell you watered down artificially colored moonshine are getting rare folks. So I'll give Brown-Forman credit for not completely watering down Glendronach just yet and staying true to the 43%, ncf, uncolored standard of presentation that Billy Walker set. The deep old school Macallan sherry style influence that set them apart they lost that though with these duller 5th or something refill casks. Like I said Glenfarclas is the one people sleep on now.

9th July 2021

Was honest, is honest, will not be honest in the future.

This is a honest basic sherry Whisky, which always was (and still is) in the front row of my whisky cabinet. There are slight variations of the bottlings, my last one of 2020 just needs some air.
Still recommended - especially for 31 Euros!

I stocked up after the recent owner (the US Brown-Forman Cooperation) seems to have decided to chill-filter and will probably dilute it down to 40% ABV. What a shame.

4* now.
Zero* for the future plans.

19th April 2021

Lovely affordable stuff.

Always in my pantry...delicious sherried goodness. have heard that it is going to get chill filtration and the addition of caramel...circa 2021...So I have just bought a case.

14th April 2021

Has gone downhill

Having gone through 3 bottles of the 2019 batch which had become my favourite tipple, the 2020 bottling is very disappointing.

11th March 2021

More flavorful than Aberlour 12 or Balvinie 12 .

More flavorful than Aberlour 12 or Balvinie 12 . We all have our preferences, but I'd say get this over those.

7th February 2021

Macallan 12 taste at 20 bucks less!

Sherry bomb! #*&$ it is good though. Rivals the taste of Macallan 12 at 20 bucks less! Well worth it, and not to dog on Macallan 12 which is excellent its just more expensivd because of the name recognition, which again isnt a bad thing, but if youre looking to save money go with Glendronach 12.

22nd January 2021

Fantastic

Really fantastic sherry cask dram, great value for your money.

28th December 2020

Great transition to a Smokey whisky

Gorgeous whisky has to be one of my favourites

5th December 2020

Smooth, sweet and spicy

Really a nice sweet and smooth sherry cask dram, lots of nuances.

Great quality vs. price.

29th November 2020

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