Glendronach 33-year-old

Category Single Malt from Highlands, Scotland
Distillery
District Eastern Highlands
Bottler Distillery Bottling
Bottled 2008
Age 33 years old
Casktype Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength 40.0 % Vol.
Size 700 ml
Price 749,99$ 1019,99£ 592,49
Uncolored Non-chillfiltered
numen Tasting note
less than a month 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
about a month 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

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sssun Tasting note
a couple of months 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
a couple of months 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.

aby Note
a couple of months ago
aby gave this whisky 88 points

very good whisky but i would love to taste this at cask strength  - 88p


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Cherrit Review note
less than a year ago
Cherrit gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
86
Nose
92
Initial taste
86
Body
84
Finish
82
Price
75
Presentation
93
Noface83 Review note
less than a year ago
Noface83 gave this whisky 93 points
Weighted Rate
93
Nose
98
Initial taste
94
Body
94
Finish
90
Price
85
Presentation
95
getz Note
less than a year ago
getz gave this whisky 96 points

Distilled in 1971 and matured in a small batch of exquisite Oloroso sherry casks, this 33 year-old dram appeared in 2004 and at the time was the oldest and quite possibly the best Glendronach ever released. Boasting 95/100 from Jim Murray`s Whisky Bible and a Gold Medal at the San Francisco Spirits Competition, this is not a dram to miss.

getz Note
less than a year ago
getz gave this whisky 96 points

Nose: Fruity and full, cooked fruit. Spicy rum weaves through zesty citrus, soft potpourri, allspice.

Palate: Thick, very fruity. Dark caramel, floral, dark caramel.

Finish: Quite long, sherried raisins, hazelnut spread, oak.

getz Note
less than a year ago
getz gave this whisky 96 points

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.

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Overall rating All versions
72 member votes
90.23
Average review ratings All versions
Weighted Rate
88.30
Nose - Aroma
91.50
Initial taste
87.50
Body
87.25
Finish
87.50
Price
84.00
Presentation
91.50
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