Distillery (exclusively bottled for deinwhisky.de/Dein Whisky-Versand)
Oloroso Puncheon (#6756, 640 btl.)
Subtle aromas of sherry on the nose, accompanied by raisins, ripe figs and plums. Behind this there is a little vanilla cream with hazelnut, dark chocolate, cinnamon and a hint of tobacco. The alcohol is present but not pungent.
Wow - very strong on the palate and very warming. Immediately a peppery spiciness with chili pepper is noticeable. As soon as it fades away, some aromas of fruit jam appear, accompanied by a hint of dark chocolate, oak spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. A sweetness is hardly noticeable.
The finish is long, dry and warming with notes of cocoa, coffee, oak, nutmeg and a hint of hazelnut.
After the addition of water, the alcoholic bite on the nose fades into the background and more vanilla aromas emerge, along with hazelnut and cinnamon. The fruit is clearly less recognizable. Still peppery and warming on the palate, it really tingles on the tongue.The few fruit aromas have disappeared, as has the sweetness. The finish is still long lasting, with peppery spiciness, some oak and a touch of cocoa.
To be honest, I'm a little disappointed in this GlenDronach. The nose promises great sherry aromas with the accompanying dark, ripe fruits and spices. But on the palate the chili-like pungency dominate the few fruity and sweet aromas, which lasted until the finish. For me a rather one-dimensional whisky, which unfortunately does not improve with water.
I thank deinwhisky.de for the complimentary sample and the photograph!