Glendronach 1972

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Batch 1
Stated Age
37 years old
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
54.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Sep 2009 10:09 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2304.65

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1972

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.94 points

  1. ScottMB scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    A very strong and powerful Glendronach.
    Nose: a superb set of aromas - raisins, figs, dates, then sultanas and sherry. A horn of plenty - tropical friuts, mango and berries. Honey too. Very complex and powerful.
    Taste: smooth and creamy first, then lots of dark fruits, dried apricots, raisins, mango, peaches. Then come warm spices, cinnamon. A bit of black pepper, tobacco and nuts. Wood is lovely balanced.
    Finish: quite long, with lots of fruity notes, marzipan, cherries. Nice, spicy, not too oaky.
    Great dram!

  2. penumbra scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Under the prestigious name, it is actually difficult to get along. I should have seen Serge's 89 awake, why didn't I shrink my hands.
    • Nose
      The magical herbs stewed with pretzel and salty vegetables, full of greenery, just like the camphor balls, old bookshelves and old leather shoes of the old irene.

      Two minutes after the cup wakes up, the fruit flavor begins to appear. Fruit acid, red wine boiled apples, dried figs, back to the Dona standard dark fruit jam and teeth scratching plum core, low sodium cream, apricots and floral fragrance of the cover bag , Juicing ripe Nanguo pear, very obvious monkey king dan, hot butter golden rum, and finally some mushrooms, vermouth, almond slices and rotten wood.

      The three-segment smell is fragrant. The herbal flavor in the beginning is very discouraging. In the middle is a very good Oloroso barrel. Some wooden aromas at the end start to appear and are dry.
    • Taste
      At the entrance of the first one are extremely spicy, turmeric, pepper, mint leaves, alkaloids. She just came back again and got Shirley Wood Soup, heavy, Requiem aeternam, 90% black, black tea, twig. Oranges, plums, cherries, fruit jams have a strong flavor but they don't grab the right corner.

      Walking the tightrope between the fruit and the wood, and half of the body has fallen, so you guessed it, but it was finished, and you have to admire the effort of others.

      Second strong, low fat, medium sweet, high acid, no tannin, little astringency, obviously bitter bottom.
    • Finish
      Longer, roasted hazelnuts, coffee grounds, almond liqueur.

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 98 points Moderator

    Unbelievable complex, and still balanced, heavy sherry but not drying, good fruitiness - what should I add? it's just legendary!
    • Nose
      98 98
      Lots of dried fruits, dates, figs, acacia honey with some resinuous notes, beef bouillon, meat and ham, soy sauce, worcester sauce, hints of toffee, milk chocolate, spices, parsley, menthol, whiffs of nutmeg, cloves, xmas spice, sherry wood - superb!
    • Taste
      98 98
      Little punchy, very oily, creamy, liquorice, menthol, subtle sweetness, more meaty, more chocolaty, more spicy, great sherry wood, more menthol, molasses, sugar cane, more toffee - excellent!
    • Finish
      97 97
      Long, warm, little more woody but not drying, very fine hints of leather and tobacco, more spices, more toffee, more more - great!

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    An exemplary 1972 sherry cask from Glendronach, but who are we kidding? --  that's like saying that this is a good cask of 1972 Brora -- we already know it's damn awesome. Astoundingly juicy, with lots of cherries, prunes, overripe mandarin oranges, beautiful rancio wine notes, with some cadbury chocolate with guess what, oranges in it! Superb, absolutely superb!

  5. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion, this GlenDronach 1972 is a lot bolder and more expressive than the 1971, and it really explodes when warmed up to body temperature. A very big and self-confident malt.
    • Nose
      The aroma is "darker" than the 1971 from the same series, with more toasted notes. It has a more nutty aroma with more wood influence as well. There are even some farmy / wild mushrooms notes in the background (nothing dirty though). On the whole this 1972 is a bit closer to old bourbon than the 1971, with hints of worn leather and resin. Huge hints of oak polish. Punchy fruit as well, but I would say blueberries and blackberry jam rather than red fruits. Some liquorice. Terrific complexity.
    • Taste
      A lot of dried fruits (figs, apricots), strawberry jam and sultanas. Milk chocolate. Even a faint waxiness. Getting drier and slightly tannic towards the finish, but the wood influence is still within the limits.
    • Finish
      Long finish, round and slightly tannic again. Chocolate and berries.

  6. DannyDram scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Impressive Glendronach, superbly balanced, multi-dimensional depth graduation and with a lot of thrust from the beginning to the end.

  7. DannyDram scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    The bottle had been open for a while and I got a sample of it. For me, this Glendronach has meanwhile increased. Excellent depth gradation, very homogeneous and harmonious. Very exciting, has steadily improved!
    • Nose
      98 98
      Dark dried fruits, walnuts, tangerines, aniseed, quince, balsamic, spicy, rum, some pepper, cloves, cinnamon, nougat, red and dark berries, nuance of bacon and a little bit of Maggie herb (which disappeared again). Fully harmonious, very high intensity and with a lot of depth.
    • Taste
      98 98
      Sherry, dark dried fruit, balsamic, chocolate, nougat, walnut. Pronounced body, a lot of thrust and aroma pressure, excellent texture, delicate, creamy, silky, dense, oily and with a nice caramel sweetness.
    • Finish
      97 97
      Sherry, pepper aromas, dried fruits, dates, figs, acacia blossom, tobacco, mix between oak and cedar wood. Very long finish, excellent finish.

  8. Raremalt61 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    tropical fruit grapefruit sweetness

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Great sherry, not as tropical as other 72s, very nice but definitely not the best of that vintage

  10. CharlieTsai scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    The hero of the hero, repeatedly take the plate. What I like the most about Grandona is that I do n’t know what is worth following in this factory. Fortunately, this piece of shame was tightened in 1972, and it ca n’t be like the virtue of the rare cask series next door. But then again, who cares?

    Year information vintage / bottled: 1972/2009

    Cask type: Oloroso Sherry Butt

    Alcohol By Volume: 54.8%

    Viewing Eyes: deep dark mahogany

    Smell Nose: dried fruit, rancio, raspberry syrup, decayed wood that will fill the cranial cavity, mushrooms grow, butter is mixed with hot chocolate; yellow temperate fruit, leather, fennel; Houttuynia cordata, chalky soil; slightly acid .

    Taste Palate: Pianer soup words: thick and round and slightly angular; 40% cocoa concentration milk chocolate, licorice, mint syrup (yes, this thing is really sweet), orange bitterness, wet wood sticks.

    After rhythm Finish: long-lasting, high-sweet milk chocolate, cardamom, thyme, citrus jumping sugar

    Body of the wine: straight, oily, long-lasting and not dull; high sweet, slightly sour, slightly bitter, moderate tannin

    Nose: 92

    Palate: 90

    Finish: 91

    Body: 90

    Overall: 91

    Overall: So why doesn't anyone care?


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