Glendronach 1993

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
24 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
60.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
10th Anniversary of
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
30 sep 2017 9:36 am by sengjc
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 968.80

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145 × member ratings

238 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glendronach 1993

13 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.31 points.

  1. Lorion scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    I'm blown away. Exactly what I love. And yet complex and interesting. Water is a great addition and makes the very good whisky an absolute Ausnahmewhisky. But the Oloroso barrel is pretty dominant, you have to love that. Since I do that ... 94 points
    • Nose
      If you could smell blackness, that would be what I would expect. What a wall. A wall of oak and plum jam. Full and intense. You can feel the cask strength, although it does not sting uncomfortably it fits the spicy oak. Herbs come through, sweetish herbs. Kreuzkümnel, dill, mountain pine. Parallel to this, the plum puree is joined by toasted white bread and trail mix with a high raisin content. In the background lightly fermented aromas occur. Attached fig. Every now and then, the alcohol nipples in the nose. Dark chocolate mixes with old leather and potato cellar. Fruity espresso. Water : A few drops of water make the whisky much softer without losing its intensity. First, the flavors remain similar, then it suddenly changes. Herbal candies. Sweet, fresh, orange peel. Is this an approach of the focal point character? Milk chocolate, grape and cheese skewer. Some fruit acid.
    • Taste
      Sweet and syrupy at first, then throbbing, but not extreme. Plums and figs. It starts a tingle. It is getting drier. Hints of tobacco are noticeable. Raisins, leather, chocolate. Juicy with resin and herbs. Dark, sticky fruits in the dessert, which pull the water out of the mouth. Water : Creamy, full of chocolate and plums. The oak is now seasoning with pressed wood. Juicy and woody, sweet onset, then drier.
    • Finish
      Long and warm. Figs in chocolate coat. Something plum jam stays. Hardly bitterness, delicate roasted aromas. Leather.

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  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very good glendronach with a nice expressiveness.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Superb nose, camphor cherry, cinnamon, light oak, aromatic herbs.
      Light grison, pepper, clove.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Super nice, with balsamic, wood, dried fruit and currant jam.
      Pepper, astringency.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Finale on baslsamic, molasses, pepper, blackberry jam

  4. Tomek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: plum marmalade, ripe quince, orange peel, slightly smoky, cherry jam, seeds, coniferous forest, wet hides
    Taste: much more smoky, wetlands, old stripes, bitterness of wood, burnt fruit
    Finish: searing, smoky, wooden
    Grade: 5

  5. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91
      Another great part of Abbey

  6. whisky_knight scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is an interesting Single Cask release from GlenDronach. Originally released exclusively to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of, this Cask #652 is a bit more brash and punchier than similar vintage Single Casks I’ve tried before. It lacks the perfect balance and deeper complexity of legendary Cask #660, but it’s got many tasty qualities that you can see end up in their core lineup.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Raisins, pluots, stewed figs, jam, dark sugar, sultanas. The brutal 60.6% ABV doesn’t actually show up on the nose, really nicely integrated.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Here’s where the monster 60.6% ABV (121.2 Proof) shows up. There’s an initial alcohol punch right at the front palate, then stewed plums, figs emerge. The massive ginger spice smooths out on mid palate, yielding to more dark stone fruits, some dark chocolate, leather notes appear.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long finish, with stewed plums, figs. Some coastal salinity appears here (unusual for a GlenDronach) that helps balance things outs.

  7. whiskydramo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Cherry. Toffee. Alcoholic elegance, oak. Woody. Chocolate a bit bitter. Tobacco from the rim bottom. Caramel.
    • Taste
      Chocolate layer thick and dry. Sweet. Bomb when swallow, hit again in 1 sec.
    • Finish
      Sweet with spice taste. Dry tongue. A little bit of bitterness. Warmth hits chest. Vanilla sweetness hit back in 1min

  8. HokkaidoUni did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    535 Euro at May 2021 whiskyauction

  9. JBeezer scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Probably the most outstandingly nutty whisky I've ever had... I'm at a loss for words!

  10. RobbievdB scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wow, another superb ‘93 SC from the #65. range. This Glendronach was laid to rest on a great cask and it delivers on all the ‘usual flavor suspects’; sweets, fruits, leather, chocolates, tobacco, leaves etc etc. Alcohol integration, body, NT&F is all bulls-eye. This Glendronach from the famous 1993 vintage let’s you sit down for hours to simply enjoy and enjoy and...

  11. Gris did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Smokeinmymalt... So, as you don't like "heavy-loaded" sherry whisky, you really think this whisky deserves such a bad note? Giving that note, you look like saying this is a really really bad whisky (and almost this is not real whisky), worse note than for most of the poor quality whiskies we could find. Did you really find this whisky SO disgusting? (Did you even tried it?). It looks like you give a lot of bad notes (1/100! Which whisky deserves that note? Did someone piss in your glass? XD) to a lot of great whiskies that the majority of people like, without any comment. So, what the hell is wrong with you? :|

  12. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    fascinating malt - at first it looks like superimposed - dried fruit notes on too much wood - with more time in the glass - rounder, tastier - Bluetentraum - very full-bodied fruitful dense - sherry bomb
    • Nose
      Balsamic reduction, sherry, dried cherries, very sweet pine resin, rose water, subtle orange, date, cinnamon, clove, infinitely deep, feather blossoms - later blueberries - jasmine, orange oil, - great floral notes of sherry and vanilla - creme brulee.
    • Taste
      very fragrant, deep red berry with intensive barreling - concentrated, very spicy, caraway, resin, licorice, juicyfruit chewing gum, vanilla, increasingly soft
    • Finish
      long, bittersweet, tender woody, dynamic, complex, - chocolaty - with cinnamon, cream and wax - getting drier

  14. Pauci scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    What a sherry board. After this full - no EXTREME probably feels even better - laden with sherry and wood Hell Paint, which comes with perfectly integrated 60.6% is not even a high-percentage and young full-pot smoke-in-the-press Islay whisky.
    This Dronach you can not always drink, but if he fits and you're on it is the kind of good.
    Thank you for allowing me to try Andi!

  15. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This is the best non-1972 glendronach I've tried. I can't wait to try the sister cask, #653, that Green Welly Stop released a weeks after this, as part of their own anniversary. This is one of my best buys of the past year. Abbey is developing a strong reputation of picking excellent Glendronach casks (1993 #33 and 1994 #3400). Probably why this particular cask sold out in about four hours from their online store.  
    • Nose
      A deep, dark complex nose. Coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark cigar, bitter cherry, cough syrup, new cow hide, old wood furnitures. A glorious nose, very beguiling, despite a very strong ABV. Likely an oloroso cask. 
    • Taste
      Heavy, thick, viscous (do they all mean the same thing?), vinous, even sweeter and fruitier than what the nose suggested. A monster, yet, so incredibly balanced. I don't need to add water to this at all, yet it swims very, very well. 
    • Finish
      Very long and sticky finish that clings to every part of your tongue, which, ladies and gentlemen, is how a whisky is suppose to end!


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