Well we’ve left the teens and they were pretty good to me with plenty of highlights. How would the last 5 drams fare? Well, we know that there is a 50 year old whisky somewhere in the mix (I’m expecting it on xmas eve), so really there are 4 mystery drams to go.
Day 20 revealed Glendronach 12 year old. Great news! The 15 year old has been one of the highlights of the advent calendar so far, so only three years younger, this one should be pretty good right? Here are the dramstats:
- Age 12 years
- ABV 43%
- Not coloured
- Non chill filtered
- Price: £31
Nose: It looks as if it may be sherried, but it’s not too fruity at first. Liquorice, malt loaf, cough mixture and chocolate malty vanilla. Needs a little time to open up, but when it does it goes ultra malt with sweet vanilla and ovaltine.
Palate: Cough mixture and liquorice, burnt malt. With time it becomes sweet and malty.
Finish: Malt lingers with vanilla, then bitter notes come in with the earlier liquorice leaving a lasting impression.
Verdict: Lovely, particularly after time in the glass. If the huge maltiness found in this and the 15 year old represents the distillery character, then please buy me Glendronach for xmas! At £31 this is almost a no-brainer. The only thing stopping me saying I’d definitely buy this, and I mean the ONLY thing, is that the 15 year old is only about £9 more and I thought the 15 was even better. In the light of most whisky at 12 years old, this is a monster bargain. But, if you can possibly stretch £9 further, buy the 15 and you won’t regret it! I’m spending a week in Speyside in February and, though it is a few miles to the east, Glendronach is now top of my list for distillery visits. Look forward to a review later in February and thank you Master of Malt for showing me Glendronach!