First impression on the nose; yes, that's a Dronach. Lightly sherried as the colour suggests and very similar to the 12yo Original. We have orange, banana, raisin, honeydew, canned peach, Belgian praliné, apple pie, sugar cane, orange winegum and butterscotch. Mostly fruit and sweetness that dominate. Then some malt, vanilla, walnut, licorice, eucalyptus, tobacco, ointment and a dunnage note too. In the mouth; oily and a big explosion of sweetness. After that initial hit there's a big malty core. Fierce for its strength, could be the age. Orange, apple, apricot, raisin, dark chocolate, cookie dough, jaffa cake, honey, malt, oak tannin, pistacchio and a little eucalyptus note in the back. Lacks integration and it's rough for a 46%er to be honest. Finish is medium in length and sticky sweet. Sugar cane, malt and cacao dusting. Turns a little bitter in the end.
A modern Glendronach, highly comparable with the 12yo from their core range. This one delivers on the nose, which is very good and balanced, but lets you down on the palate. You'll find some good notes there but it feels a little artificial. As if they chucked some sweetness upon their malty base. I would recommend buying their 12yo over this, especially when considering the price difference.
Based on a sample.