Tasting note: A whisky that needs plenty of air to show its best. We recommend at least ten minutes in the glass to take off the initially sharp acidic edge. Just like the 18 year old, it rewards focus and long attention. Deep copper with gold ochre edges. Opening sniff issues a gentle nose prickle and detects mild sulphur. A little disjointed in the first few minutes, air contact releases a classic Glendronach rush including raisin cake, candied orange, dried apricot, dates as well as cocoa, damp cedar and walnut slice. In the mouth, aeration seems to reduce the initial bittersweet attack, in fact, this gets better and better with exposure and continues to richen up. Overall on the drier side, it unfolds with dark chocolate, gently bitter peel, hints of hazelnut underscored by warming spirit, spicy wood tannins with the latent sugars emphasised on the finish as ginger bread, trademark fruit cake and trace sulphur linger with deceptive length. Terrifically complex. Anyone looking to experience ‘old school’ sherry styles without a $500+ outlay should try this – a near extinct breed in its price bracket. Save a bottle to enjoy with the Christmas cake. 48% Alc./Vol.