Once you have a fairly complete GlenDronach line up at your disposal its amazing how many differences your senses come to appreciate.
I often have at least 4 bottles open for comparison at any given time (currently 8)
I like to start out the evening with the 12 y/o as a warm up, then slowly work my way up the product line.
The Original 12 is quite a good dram, nothing seems to be missing at all. I could drink that alone and be perfectly happy for $50
So if it's a weekday I'll pour another (or two) and leave it at that. Perfectly satisfying malt for daily use.
But if it's a weekend it's time to climb a little higher up the ladder.
The 15 y/o Revival takes things up a notch and it's well worth the extra $25
to have on hand for guests that appreciate a very good single malt.
Then next step up to a Cask Strength ($89-$99) is quite noticeable,
Very Bold with a good dose of flavor intensity. Not for beginners although the Nutty and Fruity influence makes for a good combination with the higher alcohol content.
I try to add as little water as possible, just enough to take off the initial burn and take smaller sips that slowly dissolve and find their way down on their own.
Too much alcohol just numbs your mouth if you don't get the balance just right. This bottle will last a good long while! Too potent to drink all the time.
Top off the experience with the Premium stuff, a 10 y/o Single Cask is like a Dessert! ($80-$125) it has all the power of a cask strength,
But with the decadent chocolate-coffee-toffee-raisin-cinnamon- aroma/flavor that will send your brain into sensory overload.
The sweet nectar glides slowly down your throat and warms you to your soul. Heaven! So worth the premium price!
After those 4 drams in a row, the only way to go is with another ...or step it up once more to an even older Single Cask (17-22 y/o) the creme of the crop. ($100-$200)
Similar to the 10 y/o Single Cask ...but the finish is lo-o-o-o-o-o-n-n-n-n-g and intense, you don't even need another sip for quite a long while because the sensations stay with you forever.
Sometimes before I go back for another wee sip just sticking my nose in my glencairn glass is enough to bring back another wave of sensations all over again.
If I pour a 12 y/o Original now, for some reason it smells and tastes completely empty, flat and lacks any finish.
..even the 15 y/o will taste like an entry level JW blend after you've sampled a really good Single Cask GlenDronach.
After a day or two on the wagon, I can go back to the Original 12 and it tastes like a quality single malt once again.
...and the cycle continues.
I'm almost scared to try a 40 y/o Single Cask GlenDronach, my head would probably explode
lucky for me it's priced way out of my comfort range and not readily available at nearly $800/bottle
There is a small little local Scottish pub called "The Bothy" http://thebothy.ca/
where I could purchase a single dram from a 1972 Single Cask for $49 , but I'm scared I'll like it too much.
The ambiance is very similar to my basement mancave ...coincidence?
Get that Bottle of Single Cask already before someone else does and its gone forever.
You only live once Mo', treat yourself for a change
Edited by PioManiac - 2/26/14 at 3:24pm