Glendalough 13-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Mizunara Finish Single Malt
Stated Age
13 years old
Bourbon Barrels +Mizunara Oak Puncheon Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
18 Nov 2017 11:25 am by Candide

Average value

€ 169.59

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Whisky Reviews for Glendalough 13-year-old

76 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.31 points

  1. Hemdl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    By far the most unusual malt I've had in my glass for a long time - and I like it. So something different, but overall really nice. A true exotic, which can score with its fruity notes and extreme contrasts. I like him!
    • Nose
      Well that's definitely an unusual nose, which will be remembered. Extremely fruity and sweet, with an extremely unusual base note. I have the exotic fruits like pineapple, peaches, lychee as well as syrupy honey and the peach schnapps which one likes to get from the Chinese. Behind it also a spicy pastry note that reminds me of the spice cake for Christmas and also a strong anise note.
      It's guaranteed to split people's minds, but in my nose I find it refreshingly different and really good.
    • Taste
      Sweet-fruity again, although not quite as intense as in the nose (that would have been only fruit juice could afford). Light and spicy woody notes blend in a pleasant way with the exotic fruit notes (also here lychees, peaches and maybe some pineapple). Add to that a sweetness, as I know only from cane sugar, without being really annoying or overpowering. Instead, it lays like a light veil on the wood notes and thus provides an astonishingly "easy-going" character. Enclosed also a present note, which I can not really grab or name. Whether this is the sandalwood note that is often mentioned here? Definitely but very unusual.
    • Finish
      Medium long, slightly astringent. Fortunately, without any real bitterness, the fruity-sweet basic tendency of the malts can set even more accents, before the more dry-spicy wood notes take over.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] This is my first Glendalough and I am curious about it...

    ...and it is a very strange beast, indeed, Quite unusual aromas and flavours provide an interesting tasting experience but most of these notes are not to my liking (because they taste rather artifical). I strongly suggest to have a sample dram first before buying a full bottle - there is a thin line between love and hate...
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers a fruity and wood-driven modern profile with spices and autumn floral notes. The wood smells indeed different to american or european (or caucasian) oak with a minor perfumy note (slightly soapy, but not unpleasantly). Quite an interesting experience but not my favourite style because the fruits vanish quickly and the strange wood gets to dominant.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is dominated by an artifical fruity flavour that reminds me of fruit gums of my childhood (remember MAOAM?). It is not bad at all but you have to like it (I do not). Besides this there are a lot of bitter nutty (almonds, walnuts and more) and spicy (cloves, nutmegs) flavours. Water releases bready (sourdough) notes in the nose and turns the taste even more bubble-gumish (and flatter). I like the neat dram best.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The dram arrives warming but not coating on the palate with a somewhat strange artifical mouthfeel that is a combination of plastic and metal elements. The finish is of medium length and adds some sweeter toffee-vanilla flavours that are highly welcomed to sooth the overall bitterness. It gets rather drying-astringent with again these artificial notes of plastic-wrapped metals.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    He is fresh - different - the nose is indeed "strange" but exciting - I could deal with that very much - after 4cl it is enough but first - to 60 € that was a good PLV more than 80? in 2018 I will not pay for it
    • Nose
      Soup vegetables with herbs, cinnamon bark, bay leaf, sage, thyme tea, a lot of mint, resinous, waxy rosemary, resinous pine wood, retsina resin, wood oil / varnish, canabis, furniture polish, juicyfruit chewing gum, fruity sour apple and sugar melon, honey-sweet - overripe mango, also mango kernels and peel - overall - fresh, spicy and intense.
    • Taste
      kind of artificial, furniture polish, resin, very spicy, subtle fruit notes, sweet, jelly bananas, while chewing juicyfruit chewing gum, cumin and clove oil, soap, banana, sage, chocolate and coffee - nice smooth texture
    • Finish
      very peppery, spicy, fresh, dry oak - resin and sweetness - medium-long, it creates just like that, if you chew for a while. -Where the resinous wood is very long on the palate.

  4. Pollenflug scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      The first nose is extremely unusual, exciting and very interesting. I like the aromatic composition right away. For over half an hour, I've devoted myself only to the nose and have gained the following impressions: Exotic fruits (especially peach, pineapple and a little coconut), fresh orange peel, citrus fruits, hints of vanilla and a good portion of honey dominate on the sweet side , Essential oils, fresh resin, plenty of spices (Christmas spirit, perhaps with aniseed, ginger and coriander), hard-to-define herbs, nuts and a very intense and unusual wood note (sandalwood?) Determined the hard side. All flavors together form a wonderfully harmonious nose, which has a tremendously high recognition value. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      Oily and powerful onset. The spices (ginger) and strong wood notes cause a noticeable tingling on the tip of the tongue. The sweet exotic fruits merge with the heavy notes, which have already been hinted at in the nose and underline here also the great characteristics of the malts. Peaches, mangos, pineapple, a hint of coconut, vanilla, caramel and honey flood the palate with essential oils, Christmas spices, herbs, fresh resin and plenty of sandalwood. Citrus fruits make for a slightly sourish sting. Bitter almonds and milk chocolate follow.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, warming and sweet-fruity-spicy. The fruity-sweet notes rear up for the last time and form with the essential oils, spices and strong sandalwood notes a nice finish. The palate produces a slight dryness and delicate bitterness.

  5. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasty, tasty and exceptional in terms of flavors. Should you have tasted it when lure an exotic finish. I would like to have it with 3-4 years more in the glass. But you should like sandalwood, because that is very extreme.
    • Nose
      Actually, the first is sandalwood. I know the smell from my long ago tea room time when sandalwood incense candles were totally "in". The first time I smell that at a malt (but I do not know anything about Japanese malts). In addition yellow drupes, sunlit apricots and peaches, and - actually - resin from the peach tree (I had yesterday in a real Chinese dessert, freshly flown ingredients from southern China) as well as lychee, coconut, vanilla, cocoa and freshly baked sponge cake - totally exotic Nose definitely, delicious and exceptional
    • Taste
      oily, warm-spicy, intensive onset, soft, again the very strong sandalwood notes, the peach tree resin, the yellow drupes, peach and lychee, with ginger, cloves and nutmeg, then cocoa, finally some espresso and Darjeeling tea, and also the sponge cake is here
    • Finish
      warm-spicy, medium-long, especially the exotic sandalwood and resin notes remain long, the spices stick felt eternally on the tongue, at the very end comes back to the coconut, along with the sponge cake and the baking cocoa

  6. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    a liquid table full milk nut - extremely soft and tasty
    • Nose
      Milk chocolate and nuts, light nougat, red grapes, a hint of cassis, fresh bay leaves, some caraway and anise, yet delicate and elegant
    • Taste
      Chocolate fountain of light milk chocolate, very creamy, nutty, red grape juice with honey, in the background again the laurel
    • Finish
      mild, soft, medium long .... and full of milk chocolate

  7. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This saffron-colored malt is a fruit bomb through and through. It is extremely reminiscent of banana spilt or pina colada.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very intense and complex smell: pina colada, fresh fruit, macedonia, lemon juice, artificial strawberries and artificial banana
      The smell is by far the best of this whiskey. Even a Speysider can usually not keep up with the fruit notes. Despite the young age, there are many different smells.
    • Taste
      87 87
      In essence, there are few different notes from smell to taste. However, the taste is much less intense. Perhaps this is also the reason why only fewer aromas can be listed.
      Banana, coconut, gummy bears (artificial candy flavors)
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is even less intense. So the whiskey is very pleasant to drink.
      artificial sweets, chocolate and very slightly bitter.

  8. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    13 years and 80 EUR is an announcement and it actually has the potential to justify this price. But...
    • Nose
      If that's the sandalwood, then yes. It actually smells very special. Oak seasoning with honey, vanilla and light grapes come through. With rough edges, it is really extra fruity but more on the woody side.
    • Taste
      Right at the beginning I struggled with the alcohol. It's a shame, because behind it there is a real taste festival. From the pile of wood to the citrus note, everything is now on stage and is getting louder. But everything is a little bit veggie. Not necessarily mine. Always something bitter in the background that bothers me. Too bad. But for 13 years it has impressed at a high level! Respect.
    • Finish
      Medium to long with vanilla sweetness, it remains creamy on the palate. Then the bitter note slowly comes back on stage and reminds of the wood in the barrel. But admittedly, it is something special. Only the price is too high for me. Neither of us will be friends. But he has enough :-)

  9. Othorion scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very unusual whiskey, but I like it, although nothing for every day or easy drinking! However, he can not quite keep the high level of the nose in the mouth and finish.
    • Nose
      Great nose, exotic fruit cocktail, sweet and yummy, Lychee, pineapple, peach, oranges, a touch of glue but quickly vanishes, delicate vanilla, vegetable soup?!?, Sandalwood, sugar beet juice, thyme, mint, with neat forest honey
    • Taste
      Creamy, fruity, spicy, lychee, ginger, peach, cocoa, black tea, mangoes, herbs, very unusual, but delicious, a little watery in the end
    • Finish
      Medium, warming and spicy, with sandalwood, cocoa, black tea

  10. Arquebus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Bought a bottle on Ralfy's recommendation (See You tube Ralfy Review 718 90pts). Just been to Japan where the Mizunara (Japanese Oak) casks were made - so I was intrigued to taste this one. 13yo 1st fill bourbon with Mizunara cask finish. 

    I've had one glass 25ml (honest!) And just ordered a couple more bottles. 92 pts from me is high, but I was very impressed with this one.

    Initial impression what bourbon whiskey on the nose. Just a different profile to Scotch, then it opened - the nose on it went mad! Nice complexity.

    Nose: Bourbon notes, 'Irish notes' (like Bushmills / or Powers), oak spices, vanilla, very distinctive sweet perfumed note. Our father had them in his coffee. I imagine freshly squeezed sugar cane juice might smell a little like this sweetness. it settles down a little and then you get big wafts of pear drops. A sprinkle of earthiness and then deep intense dry nutty sherry notes - walnuts

    Its a delicate, juicy arrival. Bitter sweet / dry in the mouth. Brittle, fresh, mouthwatering. A savory sweetness with a lot of woody spice, but very well balanced and a huge finish.

    For me - a very characterful and unusual whiskey.

    Apparently Mizunara Oak is difficult to work with in the cooperage? Mizunara in Bruichladdich might be interesting - a distillery and Malt I'm more familiar with! Drop staves are no no with the SWA apparently, but if the oak is that rare and difficult to make into barrels it would be a lot more economical and make it go a lot further? If not I'm sure they could knock some cask ends with Mizunara oak. 


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