Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Engaging encounter
Stated Age
11 years old
Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
57.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 Feb 2018 10:53 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 89,00

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 2006 SMWS 96.14

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.52 points

  1. Likudi scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      74 74

  2. JNuyts scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    After falling for this at the SMWS in Greville Street in February [blog87], I really had to have a bottle.

    N: Youthful yet suitably matured, mildly smoked and flawless barley spirit. That’s an ideal start isn’t it? Besides the spirity onion/vinegar, there are also nutty, salad-y, paint and oily/briny qualities to enjoy. Perfect simplicity and really, flawless for its class.
    T: Rocket fuel deliciousness. Only in context of some other malts do I pick up the now fairly obvious though subtle peated maltings. Also, a little road tar, those [racist, yep] ‘skin coloured’ fabric plasters, generic tasting Chinese wheat/peanut snacks [that shops such as Holland & Barrett love to premiumize], peanut butter, peanut>crisps and nutty/woody vanilla satay - the whole presentation coming with a warming aniseed heat. Later reflections speak of a chalky & lively/bite-y fruit citrus spirit with a salivating sharpness. The grapefruit citrus barley is ever present though it creams up with water.
    F: Really neat youthful form with plenty of varied ‘notch’ stages throughout that include a peppery & herbal sour cream freshness with caramel and more grapefruit. Hard yet thin icing sugar with water. Further down the bottle I found a resinous wine/PX fresh dryness at the end [water is key], with a sharp clean, metallic barley-cream conclusion.
    C: It’s young but not necessarily lacking, even in context of tonight’s tasting treats that included Banff 1964, Tamdhu 1960, Glen Grant’s 1972 & 1953 [blog], as well as a 1984 Yamazaki & 1983 Karuizawa [report to follow]. This is a lovely young Dronach that I can’t fault, and why would I? This one floated my boat.Scores a B[-]

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    Though I had only mildly enjoyed 96.11 [blog], a single cask refill bourbon Glendronach isn’t something I come across other than at the SMWS - and this only is the SMWS’s 14th offering ever. So I veer away from my sherry direction and settle in for a bourbon show.

    N: The distillate is showcased here, so there’s no surprise the cask is a [bourbon] refill - a 'decent’ refill that isn’t still hyper. Notes of soft white cheeses, ice gems, foam packaging, lime pieces, other dryish fruits, Eccles cake pastry, custard pastries, cinnamon & pepper.
    T: Very decent barley cream, finely salted and moderately sweet. Salivating with water, this is a comfort blanket for the palate that oozes barley gold. Though descriptor-light it’s full of flavour with beautiful body weight. Goats cheese into the finish, evolving later towards more cream pastries and white>milk chocolate.
    F: Not long but continues to hum that sweet/sour cream barley tune.
    C: Lovely juice, but why bottle this one so early? Feels like it could have easily been left for years, but what do I know? Certainly one to buy with half a hope that OBE in 30 years time will transforms this into a mini masterpiece. More likely it will disappear as a session dram soon enough. Can’t wait!Scores a B

  5. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. theograph scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Edgy at first but then nice malty and floral! Again and again the association comes to Auchentoshan! Overall okay! 86+ After repeated tasting: 87P.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, citrus, wood / oak, slightly sourish flavors, a bit like prosecco, glue; later, beautiful floral, malty and sweet aromas develop;
    • Taste
      Grapefruit, tidy oak / wood, a bit bitter; finally comes back this malty sweetness and beautiful floral aromas, slightly perfumed;
    • Finish
      Oak full, ginger, pronounced floral aromas!

  7. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Tauti did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    CASK No. 96.14
    Juicy, oak & vanilla
    Engaging encounter
    Price £57.10 This was ‘love at first sniff’ – sweet and smooth, engaging and irresistible aromas of juicy cranberries in an orange Bundt cake, pan fried strawberries with vanilla and rosemary syrup and junks of juicy Crimson sweet watermelon. The taste neat had the spritzy tingle of a cocktail with Champagne and strawberry lime liqueur or a slightly spicy fruit-flavoured wheat beer with a sweet finish of Bakewell tart and cinnamon rolls. With water it felt like we’ve known each other forever – a warm embrace of strawberry & white chocolate mille-feuille and custard vanilla slice, whilst on the palate crème anglaise and crepes with a raspberry-cassis sauce.


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