Glendronach Distillery was built by James Allardes, the son of local landowner, in 1826. William Teacher & Sons took over operations in 1960 and quickly doubled the capacity.
Glendronach not only supplied malt for the Teacher’s brand; in the 1970s it was one of the top five best selling single malts as well. Back in the 1980s and early 1990s the company offered two 12 years old expressions at the same time, one aged exclusively in sherry wood, the other in refill casks, both American and European oak. The bottle presented here represents the latter and offers perfect opportunity to compare how did taste the old-school Glendronach aged in plain wood.
Nose: slightly waxy, honey, vanilla, orange peel, apples, gooseberries, buttered toast, walnuts, hints of pencil shavings, hay and oak.
Palate: perfectly balanced, breakfast cereals, apples, peaches, oranges, walnuts, raisins, hints of eucalyptus and pine needles and touch of oak.
Finish: long, fruity and nutty, with notes of vanilla, candied lemon and little oak.