Glendronach 33-year-old

Category Single Malt from Highlands, Scotland
Distillery
District Eastern Highlands
Bottler Distillery Bottling
Bottled 2004
Age 33 years old
Casktype Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength 40.0 % Vol.
Size 700 ml
Price 803.82$ 884.20£ 594.83
Uncolored Non-chillfiltered
GlenSikkes Tasting note
a couple of months ago
Color
Mahogany
Nose

Pronounced and sweet. Huge and aromatic with a combination of sweet stewed fruits, nuts and chocolate fondant. Alluring.

Taste

This displays real elegance and exudes class. A myriad of spiced fruits drizzled in bitter chocolate sauce. This fronts a second wave of flavours including walnut cake and mocha. Rich and unctuous to the core. An alcoholic liquid dessert.

Finish

A masterful dram which pleases the most jaded of palates. Fantastic stuff!

Comments

The GlenDronach 33 year old is regarded by many as one of the distilleries greatest releases. Matured in the finest Spanish Oloroso sherry casks, this exquisite malt scored 88/100 in the 2008 malt maniac awards and was described by Jim Murray as a 'Golden nugget of a dram'. This sublime whisky is not to be missed.

Tasting Notes and Comments by GlenDronach

addyhd Review note
a couple of months ago
addyhd gave this whisky 90 points

Such a pitty this W is not on a higher ABV . Price rating on original retail price , not on secondairy marketprice .

Weighted Rate
90
Nose
92
Initial taste
89
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
90
Presentation
90
I'd rather have a full bottle in front of me, than a full frontal lobotomy.
Sonett Review note
less than a year ago
Sonett gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
92
Nose
93
Initial taste
94
Body
92
Finish
93
Price
85
Presentation
93
Sonett
Whisky_Wolf Review note
less than a year ago
Whisky_Wolf gave this whisky 93 points
Weighted Rate
93
Nose
96
Initial taste
95
Body
89
Finish
97
Price
78
Presentation
95
Murmelkasten Review note
less than a year ago
Murmelkasten gave this whisky 93 points
Weighted Rate
93
Nose
95
Initial taste
94
Body
90
Finish
94
Price
85
Presentation
95
Cipidos Review note
less than a year ago
Cipidos gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87
Nose
87
Initial taste
87
Body
89
Finish
87
Price
82
Presentation
92
numen Tasting note
less than a year ago
numen gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

Soft and sweetly spiced wood, and sweet sherry. On terra firma for notes, though I wonder whether the low strength is going to hurt this. Orange-cinnamon, and black salty licorice. Unsweetened marzipan with some dates smashed into it. Subtle coffee, nutmeg, cardamom, and fine Spanish brandy (also at 38-40%) Standard stuff. I'm not adding water because it's plain that it will do no good here.

Taste

Damn. You can tell that this would be delightful at greater strength, but it's absolutely watery. Cinnamon, some orange, dates, and sherry immediately come to the fore, and then oak and coffee. Rich dark chocolate and candied ginger. It's a standard profile for a heavily sherried aged malt, just very weak.

Finish

Drying oak, coffee, dates, ginger, and lots more Spanish brandy (or the essence of it). Almonds and sweet, raw walnuts. Dry orange zest. This would be great, I'm sure, at cask strength or something higher than 40%, but it feels like they just dumped water into it moments before they bottled it. I'm sure that I'm being harsh with this, considering it just after having a younger and cask strength dram, but I've got to consider it for its limpid profile. If only it weren't 40%!

Comments

sample from a friend

Erik Elixer Tasting note
less than a year ago
Erik Elixer gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Auburn
Nose

dusty, orange, nuts - almond paste, oaky, chocolate, fudge, oily -gasolene, fruity - peach and nectarines coals, liquorice and dates

Taste

sweet sherry, some floral notes, oily, oaky, liquorice and spices

Finish

drying with spices - pepper

Comments

sample from www.whiskysample.nl

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sssun Tasting note
less than a year ago
sssun gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Auburn
Nose

Sherry, wood, tangerine peel, dry longan, and ginseng

Taste

Lemon, mint, tangerine peel, raisin, dry longan, toffee, sweet malt, and honey

Finish

Medium, tangerine peel, toffee, raisin, dry longan, and ginseng. A little dry throat finally

Comments

Tasted on 2011.02.28
An old Glendronach with its superior sherry influence. Quite smooth, gentle, but its low alcoholicity makes it less mighty. Also its ginseng smell and taste is somewhat interesting. 

ralfh Tasting note
less than a year ago
ralfh gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Burnt umber
Nose

Süss,,Pflaumenkompott, Kirsche, Heidekraut, Holunder, Kakao, Eichenholz, Zimt, Kardamom

Taste

Süsse, Säure auf der Zunge, Holzwürze, Pflaume und komplexe rote Früchte

Finish

Langer Abgang, fruchtig, süße, Kakao, leichte Bitterkeit, sehr schöne Entwicklung im Mund

Comments

Ein super Whisky, dem würde Fassstärke ausgezeichnet stehen.

3 bottles found in the Marketplace

3on sale

Low as
€ 615.00

Overall rating All versions
84 member votes
90.34
Average review ratings All versions
Weighted Rate
89.74
Nose - Aroma
92.11
Initial taste
89.89
Body
88.56
Finish
90.00
Price
84.00
Presentation
92.33
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