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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach Cask Strength
23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.87 points
- It is just sad to see how bad Glendronach Whiskys got the last years.
- Right off the bat, what a complete miss. Literally the first GlenDronach I can't wait to finish just for it to be gone. It simply doesn't come close to any of the previous 6 batches. Nose was pretty good! Sweet, fruity and light on the sherry. Not something you would associate with a classic GlenDronach.. But okay on its own. The palate on the other hand, whoosh and all fruitiness from the nose is thrown out the window. Only to leave something bitter with a few sweet notes behind. Curiously awaiting Batch 8..
As I could tell by the colour alone, not so sherried as the age-stated core range. First impression is a good balance between spirit and cask influence. Pear, orange peel, apple pie, pineapple, coconut, banana and cranberry are backed by a firm malt/cereal or even sultana base. Toffee, marzipan, caramel, brown sugar you name it, it's all there. Dark honey, vanilla, coffee, roasted pistachio, saw dust, walnut, mint oil, burnt bread, glazed ham and a little salted butter. Subtle on the sherry and similar to the Glendronach 8yo Hielan', which didn't wow me either. This is not what GlenDronach is famous for.. On its own, a decent balanced nose with lots of fruits and sweets!
Thin mouthfeel, again very malt driven and even less influence from the sherry casks. Harsh with lots of bitter oak and tannins upfront. Once we're past that stage, things get better with some fresh fruits as apple, banana, grapefruit, strawberry and lemon zest. Dark chocolate, creme brulee, caramel sauce, almond, vanilla, lavender, anise, wet cardboard, salt and pepper. Very clearly a youthful whisky, where the alcohol didn't get enough time to integrate on a decent level. Quite the disappointment after an okay nose, the sweet aspect gets overshadowed by tannins and alcohol heat.
Long. Malt, alcohol heat, apple and bitter oak.
- Oloroso sherry and PX, as the last revival 15 years!
for 7 to 9 years of age for this CS.
then a little wood and fresh glue, it smells of youth.
fruit on stewed fruits (apple, pear, tangerine)
malt, spices still
dry wood, slightly macerated fruit, a return of ... cooked strawberry!
the alcoholic impression is quite high
back of glue, crushed almond kernel
average, on the same scents, without much surprise ... a "half" revival?
- Sinas manderins honey sherry spritz biscuits cedarwood vanilla
Honey drink sherry laurel candied fruit almond. Orange shell
After taste laurel drop bitter peppery, it lingers for a long time
this bottling seems less complex than previous bottlings, the added whiskys also make a younger impression
- Definitely not up to par with previous Batch releases. Quite spicy, in a woodsy kind of way. Also big grape and citrus. It's not that the 7 is "bad" just disappointing that it's not ~better~ given my expectations of previous "Batch" releases. I bought the 7 alongside the new 15 Revival and, while a tad cheaper than the 15, my nod goes to the 15. Both are cut from the same PX and Oloroso cloth but where the youth of the 7 leads to some rather ragged and rough cuts, the extra 6-8 years of the 15 allows it to smooth them over leaving you with an overall impression that is more refined.
- A nice fruity-spicy malt that can handle a few drops of water. The clear transition from intense sweetness to a noticeable bitterness is something special in the expression. Overall, a good malt.
intense fruity-sweet; figs; Berry; Caramel sweetness; Alcohol is well integrated; Splash of water brings out the fruit notes even better
spicy-sweet; intense fruitiness (berries, raisins) sticky-mouth-filling; a little bitter oak comes out
long and dry; Plum; Oak comes out clearly; increasingly bitter (coffee, oak)
- A simple and inoffensive cask strength. An easy drinker
Very citrus, immediate nosing is fruity with oranges and mandarins, red berry notes are there as well as grapes. Has a creaminess to the aroma, hints of vanilla and fudge. All followed up by wood spice. With time it becomes dried candied orange slices, the kind you find on your hipster old fashioned.
Big and spicy, plenty of oak spice and alcohol in the first taste. However it is sweet, it's on those vanilla and fudge notes. Some butterscotch and again on those orange notes.
Finish picks up sour notes, the orange gets slightly bitter, the fudge becomes salted and there's an addition of oak.