I received this bottle of GlenDronach 15 year old Tawny Port Finish as a birthday gift from the SB crew. They know my tastes well, so when one of them saw the label notes describing a "fruit laden whisky to enliven the tastebuds" and dessert flavours:dried fruits, fine dark chocolate, "fruit shortcake drenched in vanilla custard;" there was no doubt that this would be my b-day bottle.
Released in 2011, this version was designed to replace the 20 year old variant and, as of last year, was replaced by the 18 year old edition. Suffice to say, there's been some experimentation with this finishing technique. Matured in European oak and finished in "the finest tawny port casks," the whisky is non chill filtered, of natural colour, and bottled at 46% A.B.V..
Since 1826, GlenDronach has produced scotch whisky in Forgue by Huntly near continuously with just a short, 6 year, break between 1996-2002 despite changing ownership half a dozen times. In 2008, the distillery was acquired by BenRiach whose Master Blender Billy Walker now performs double duty for the two distilleries.