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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.

Please note: We're afraid we can't guarantee which vintage you will receive. It'll still be yummy GlenDronach no matter the vintage, mind!

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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

A cracker

I bought this on the strength of the tasting notes and the reviews and, by jiminy, I wasn't disappointed. Lovely, smooth, subtle sherry and whisky flavours marry effortlessly together. So easy to drink neat, I've no idea what a drop of water might do to it. Definitely one to buy again.

23rd April 2022

Not too sweet, sherry heavy, and well balanced. For value, one I like to keep in stock at all times.

Very quick from order to pouring a dram - well done MoM. Still a favourite of mine and great value, despite CF/NCF situation. Hard to match this for a 12 year old, sherried malt from the highlands.

1st April 2022

Four and a half stars at this price!

Its taken a lot of flack from the old boys club since new ownership. I think the stuff remains pretty damn good if not mindblowing. its also rather cheap compared to a lot of its rivals. I actually prefer the 12 to the 15 which I found underwhelming.

26th February 2022

Highland whisky as it used to be... and ought to be!

A near replacement for The Macallan as it used to be about two decades ago. If you search your nose and palate hard you can find some faint notes that aren't quite "right", but this is a very drinkable and genuine sherry-cask malt at a reasonable price, which is sadly a rarity these days.

All I can say is, if you like this style of malt, then encourage your aunts, mother, mother-in-law and grannies to take up drinking (quality) sherry once again. Because the current 'other brands' are, literally, a pale imitation of how most Highland whisky used to be. The Glendronach thankfully isn't, and hopefully will stay that way for some time.
RIP Macallan and Highland Park, unless you can pull your socks way, way back up.

2nd February 2022

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

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