For a number of years Glendronach was offering two different versions of its 12 years old single malt – one vatted from a combination of plain oak and sherry casks, the other from sherry casks alone.
Between 1996 and 2002 the distillery was mothballed and in 2008 the owners of BenRiach purchased it. The new 12 years old called Original was re-launched in 2009 and remains in the distillery core range. The whisky is a vatting of ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks; bottled at 43% abv without chill-filtration and with no coloring added.
Nose: strong sherry statement, Christmas cake, plums, apples, lemon zest, caramel, honey, traces of tobacco and delicate nuttiness.
Palate: fair amount of sherry, dark chocolate, prunes, cranberries, almonds, vanilla, raisins, oak and a dash of spice.
Finish: fairly long, nutty, dark chocolate, dried fruit and oaky dryness.