The GlenDronach

Sauternes Cask Finish 12 Years Old

ABV 46%
REVIEWED Issue 124
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Expression: Sauternes Cask Finish 12 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 12 years old
Year of bottling: 2014
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: Scotland / Highland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Issue 124
Tasting notes
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: A beautiful nose of dusty spices with perfumed violets, earth, honey and barley. Big, powerful nose with lightly buttery oak, sweet barley and rye-like herbal notes. The honey is divine!
Palate: Opens with honey, barley and dusty spices. Full and chewy with apricot, barley and juicy malt. Hints of dried fruit come through along with coffee and liquorice.
Finish: Long, succulent and juicy. The thick honey balances the alcohol and tannins superbly. Slightly smoky and earthy after-taste.
Comment: Simply stunning. Powerful, superbly balanced. A malt to savour.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Malty. Hazelnut toffee. And also a cheesy note. Then undergrowth aromas. Wet leaves, pine needles. Then opening on sweeter notes. Praline, milk chocolate.
Palate: Smooth at first then crisp and dry. More toffee, caramel custard. Praline. Touch of ginger. Wood is well integrated. Water enhances fruit (apple).
Finish: Lively, dry and spicy.
Comment: I was disturbed at first by a kind of cheesy note; but on time, the nose blossomed into a pastry-like aromatic palate. Good spicy kick. An uplifting whisky.
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