At last, the long awaited tasting of my Glendronach 12Y (bottled 2013) which is actually 18Y because of the 6Y distillery closing.
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This dark amber 43% Speysider spent it's years on a combination of PX en Oloroso wood.
It is unfiltered and uncoloured.
After pouring, sweet dark sherry fruit raises from my (with long legs covered) glass. Raisin, prune, blackberry and vanilla lead out but ginger, hazelnut and bakery oven complete this wonderful nosing.
Alcohol is nicely hidden.
Harsh and hefty sherry oak on the palate at first zip. It feels a lot stronger than the 43% at this point. But with every following zip, the palate improves. Until it all ends in a soft sweet and creamy coffee, caramel and spicy fruit.
Nice improvement of the hefty start.
The medium sweet warm teethcovering finish, offers heavy dark sherry and dry spicy oak along with a nutty toffee. Very nice and the best part of the tasting.
Powerful tasteful and balanced I would call this one.
I didn't have this 12Y without the 6Y bonus, so I have to guess that this bonus one became heavier, oakier and darker with every bonus year duh.
I liked this one very much. It's a heavy sherrie bomb that comes very close to the Allardice.
I have to rate this with at least 92 points.
Go get yourself one of this bonus year bottlings.