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Glendronach Peated Port Wood

Overall rating
83.16/100
votes
161
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
16.10.2017
Casktype
Port Pipe Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LL13737
Barcode
5060399685689
Added on
03 Nov 2017 11:07 am by Amsterdam
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 67,17

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach Peated Port Wood

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.16 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. TsiAI scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 26℃

    Eyes: Orange with a hint of gray and fragrant Nose: medium peat, bacon, a little bit of pepper, a little plum sauce, green arrow mint, steamed cake, milk skin, rock sugar, a little fried salt, there is a certain amount Degree of coordination.
    Taste Palate: dust, wood, weak pepper crush, basil leaves, a little bacon, Chinese herbal soup. The flavor is relatively light, with a certain astringency, and the bitter base is too obvious. Finish: short, dry. Wood, a little cream toast, bacon body: light, oily, no tannins, too heavy base

    Nose: 83.5/100
    Palate: 80/100
    Finish: 81/100
    Body: 83/100
    Overall: 81/100

  6. tangtang scored this whisky 89 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, a little sweet, here too the grapes, tobacco and smoked ham come

  7. thomas_ottzen scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Edit: Might have been a bit to hard on this one the first time around. I gave it 80 points. I would like to change that to 82 points. It's still not incredible, but it has opened up a bit after some time in the bottle and a bit of sweetness has come forth.

    For me a peated whisky needs layers to work well- it needs those underlaying flavours of bacon, honeyglace, barbecue or sherry to make it something other than just smoke and ash.

    This whisky doesn't have any of that. It lacks the trademark of that deep glendronach sherry and turns out to be a relatively simple and boring mouthful of smoke.

    Doesn't taste bad. Just lacks depth.

  8. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      slight smoke, marked wine notes; slightly sourish; spices; slightly sweet; Vanilla;
    • Taste
      sweet fruits, partly bright fruits, light smoke (ashtray) port easy to recognize, slightly maritime
    • Finish
      Smoke, getting a bit bitter, rather unspectacular, spicy hot

  9. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    20 20 19 19 78

  10. señor_D scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    -from a sample-
    Well it's certainly not boring, that's for sure. A Dronach that's as far as you can get from it's usual game, it's several things at once, not too integrated - for better of worse. You can approach the peat and the port pipe influence separately, the underlying character of the distillate is tricky to access though. It's a big malt dressed in a very fancy jacket, which is a bit loose here and there.
    The concept appears wacky, but for some reason, I'm enjoying it.
    Somewhat pricey if you're on a budget.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Starts crisp on light peat and phenol, then gets increasingly sweet and heavy. Red wine for sure, a lot of strawberry jam, confectionery, cocoa. A stray whiff of mint at times.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweet arrival, stewed apples and strawberries again. Wood notes and caramel. Goes towards tobacco, dryer and bitter, but remains sweet to a degree. If there's a Dronach note anywhere, it may be rather in the second half.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, peat and red wine remains, nice tannins and wood, in a good way. It seems more collected in the finish.

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