Nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills, is The GlenDronach, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, creating the finest richly-sherried Single Malts for nearly 200 years.
The GlenDronach is of true Highland style: a heavy and robust spirit, perfect for long maturation period in sherry casks. At The GlenDronach Distillery, they have carried forth the tradition of their founder James Allardice since 1826, maturing the whisky in the finest Spanish Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from AndalucÃa.
They continue to master the art of sherry cask maturation and the Highland Single Malts are recognized for their deep colour and rich flavour profiles; which range from the sweet fruity flavours of the Pedro Ximénez to the dry and nutty notes of Oloroso. Their well-kept secrets have been guarded for nearly two hundred years by a parliament of rooks who love The GlenDronach so much they try to nest in the warehouses. The distillery folk believe as long as the rooks remain at the distillery, it will be good for the whisky.
The GlenDronach 12 Year Old, epitomises an unyielding dedication to the mastery of their craft. Matured in fine Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from AndalucÃa in Spain for at least 12 years. This GlenDronach expression was awarded Gold in the 2016 International Wine & Spirits Competition in the 10-12 year old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky category.
The nose offers aromas of stewed fruits, rhubarb and bramble jam with some crushed hazel nut and brown sugar and a faint charcoal smokiness as it opens over time. Richly flavoured with rich sherry fruitiness to the fore, some Turkish Delight and aniseed add to its complexity. The finish is clean and balanced but rich and spicy, a classic warming dram.