Glendronach Peated Port Wood

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Port Pipe Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
03 Nov 2017 11:07 am by Amsterdam

Average value

€ 68.00

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach Peated Port Wood

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.97 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2018]  Just a quick review from a sample.  I did not like the peated Glendronach 8-years old "The Hielan" so I am sceptical about this one, too.  Right, this is not what I like.  The peaty and the barley flavours are not really integrated and the whole dram tastes somewhat immature.  The wood is too bitter for my tastebuds and the finish gets very adstringent.

    It seems as if Glendronach as a malt cannot stand heavy peaty flavours and by the way:  Why the hell should one of the best Highland malt distilleries that is famous for its adorable sherry cask maturations do peated malt at all?  Is it greed or Zeitgeist?  In Germany we say "Schuster, bleib bei deinen Leisten!" (Cobbler, stick to your last!)...
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  2. Goethe scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    This GlenDronach is very promising on the nose. Almost like a full term maturation in port casks. But the palate tells a different story. This malt seems quite young and partly immature, the alcohol is a bit to snarky on the palate for 46% ABV. Therefore the finish is quite short although quite medium due to the smoke. For the initial taste you wouldn't mistake this malt for a GlenDronach (like they used to be in the sherry versions).

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
    • Nose
      Port, smoke (quite some Islay TCP charakter), iodine, red fruits (cherrys and strawberries), blood oranges, cinnamon, some coffee in the back, menthol.
    • Taste
      Sweet smoke, red fruits, unripe oranges, pepper, spices, the spirit is quite dominant.
    • Finish
      Medium. Pepper, smoke, red fruits, cinnamon.

  3. tangtang scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    very tasty malt and very special for a glendronach. Despite the smokiness, the typical sherry is not neglected and is always present. Very tasty and balanced. Find the PLV very good with this malt.
    • Nose
      Smoke, smoked ham and tobacco come through combined with sherry, old wet wood, very round, some herbs
    • Taste
      slightly smoky, sherry, very spicy oak, slightly fruity mainly grapes and also the smoked ham
    • Finish
      Smoky with sherry, spicy oak, somewhat sweet, here too the grapes, tobacco and smoked ham come

  4. WSP scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Gaija scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Well, it's okay, and it's cheap to boot. Is it really necessary when you're already a well-known and acclaimed distillery that's got nothing left to prove ? That's something else to discuss. It's kinda whacky, there's no integration of the various notes into a cohesive whole. I had better memories of the BR Solstice.
    • Nose
      Some leather, hot butter, mushrooms (in that way it is similar to the regular peated Glendronach NAS) but with added touches of rubber and cherries ... but not very expressive on the port side methinks.
    • Taste
      Kind of cellary with wine gums et red fruit jams, along with many forestian notes, damp earth, and smoke. There's no real harmony between all this I'm afraid, but the flavours stand out clear.
    • Finish
      Leather, coal, light hints of red fruits again, and tobacco.

  6. SimpleSample scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    beautiful paints ... beautiful balance
    • Nose
      smoke ... fruit ... sweet ... komolex ... chocolate ...
    • Taste
      .choko ... smoke ... very pleasantly sweet
    • Finish
      einangenehm süß ... lang

  7. Carsten scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    GlenDronach Peated Port Wood (6y Bourbon / 2 y Port), 46% Color: rose gold Nose: Peat (ashtray), vinous notes, toffee, strawberries Body: medium / oily Mouth: Alcohol well integrated, sweet fruit notes, some peat Finish: medium / long, mild, still sweet fruit notes mixed with mild wood notes, later ashtrays Conclusion: 80P, quite drinkable, but no comparison eg to BenRiach Solstice. Peat and portnotes rather reserved. Can not hide his young age.

  8. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  9. The_Osprey scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Glendronach Peated Portword 10yo, 46%. Consumed after watching Scotland beat England at Twickenham. Aroma is candy floss, pink mice sweets, something slightly vegetal and raspberry behind a touch of smoke and perhaps petrol. Taste is big on the smoke, raspberry ripple sweets, raspberry infused white chocolate with chilli, drinks above the abv it has some definite heat to it. Disproportionate heat. Rounded balanced smoke and salty. It's okay - the taste comes together well enough but it's hot and not complex. A slight acrid note builds - not burnt, more apple-like. The aroma is milky and muddled. The smoke is certainly pleasant but it's been let down on the whole and this is not a cohesive dram. If I were rating this purely on classiness and clarity/execution of concept it would be a pretty low score. But ignoring these issues and focusing on the end result, it is good enough for a score of 3.25/78

  10. MLE scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior


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