opelfruit wrote:It's highly likely that the 40% "double casks" is the older bottling of GlenDronach back when it was owned by Pernod Richard, and the 43% sherry cask is the new and current bottling.
So these are 2 different whiskies, the 40% one may actually be worth buying and keeping hold of to sell on at a later date.
The original owner of Glendronach was, in fact, Allied Domecq (previously Allied Distillers). At that time, this company was not well-loved within most whisky circles, and had garnered a certain notoriety for neglecting its sites (including Laphroaig). In fact, how did Allied 'celebrate' the 170th-Anniversary of Glendronach? It shut down operations at the distillery. Pernod Ricard took over for a short stint, but the distillery site didn't seem to fit into that firm's greater plans.
As far as I'm concerned, the 12 Year Old 'Traditional', which dates from that era and is first described as combining the characteristics of plain oak (i.e. refill Scottish hogsheads), Bourbon and Sherry cask matured whiskies (Allied era), and subsequently described as being drawn from ex-Bourbon oak and ex-Sherry oak matured stocks (Pernod Ricard era), would only be of interest to an inveterate collector. I've tasted the first. It was a decent enough malt. In fact, I'm surprised there are still bottles of either of these versions kicking around.
Since Billy Walker and his team took over the distillery, however, matters have swung 180º for the better.
My take... Go for the newer edition.