Something a bit unusual tonight - a peated GlenDronach. Noted for their excellent sherry bombs, this came as a bit of a shock when I found out about it.
I became aware of this when my old newspaper colleagues Colin and Sean were filling their boots down at Glasgow's Good Spirits Co. Colin very kindly picked me up a bottle at the tail end of last year and promptly dropped it off at the flat shortly after.
It's a good 'un, too, and although it carries no age statement, it's at least bottled at 46%, non-chill filtered with no added colouring. Result!
Nose: The dram carries a whiff of chalky, flinty peat. There's also plenty of fruit in the shape of apples, gooseberries, white grape skins and strawberry syrup. It's also has a bit of weight to it, with Soreen malt loaf and a sprinkling of icing sugar.
Palate: Plenty of sweet peat and liquorice. Pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. That dense malt loaf note is also present but it's fruitier here. Lemon and grapefruit rind.
Finish: The chalky peat note returns, along with vanilla and coffee cake. It's very dry with raisins, milky coffee, dried chilli flakes and cocoa nibs.
Enjoyable stuff - although I'd love to try this at cask-strength.