Thanks to /u/LetThereBeR0ck for this sample.
Recently realized that some of my stats were off, in that I had written down GlenDronach as a Speyside, yet everywhere I read has it as a Highland.
Oh well. We all make mistakes. And to learn from them and use them to crush your enemies beneath your heels, enjoying the lamentations of their men and women, and generally enjoying all the pudding cups you can.
Cause there’s always room for pudding.
GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 2 is a non-age statement Scotch aged in PX and Oloroso casks, and bottled at cask strength. They’ve done this before, and this is the second batch. Maybe it’s better? Maybe they made mistakes too?
And maybe GlenDronach will conquer us all, and have all the other pudding.
Let’s see how it tastes, and if we should be worried. Because I’m almost out of pudding.
Price: N/A at the LCBO
Colour: 2.5YR 3/8
Nose: Strawberry, cereal, malt, currant, cloves, raisin, gingersnaps
Big flavour on the nose. Reminds me of Special K (the cereal, not the drugs). The one with dehydrated strawberries in it.
Also a good amount of spice. Yet it hasn’t overtaken the malty character. And a ton of raisins.
Watch out for your pudding. Both the dessert and your happy holes.
Taste: Raisin, ginger, clove, raspberry, oak
More raisins. They have all the raisins. Spicy.
I’ll say this: Each of the flavours is very pronounced. It’s not super complex, or surprising, yet each one is strong in particular. Good balance on this.
Finish: Currant, cinnamon, brown sugar, orange peel, ginger
Bit more orange than I would like, yet I don’t like orange. Maybe my pudding will be okay.
It’s spicy too. A real ginger bomb, rather than a sherry bomb.
Conclusion: The sherry bombs will drop, and we will fight them. It will be rough, and our pudding may never be safe.
This is a nice dram. A real ginger bomb. Complex? Not at all. Pronounced flavours? Hell yes. I may not buy a bottle, however I’m glad to have tried it.
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