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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach Cask Strength
37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.99 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.
- March 2021
Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 7 57,9% VS
Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 8 61% 10y
although i havent tried a lot of glendronachs yet, i am a big fan of the distillery. i bought a bottle of the batch 8 and a super secret guy named Mr Fox borrowed me a sample of batch 7 to compare both.
indeed, they are very different. batch 7 seems a bit more edgy and less sherried. the nose is much more musty and creme brúlee sweet, whereas batch 8 is more on the marmeladey sherry side with also some more nutty flavors coming through.
hard to say which is better. they are both good but not outstanding. for something aroung 65€ both are good bang for buck. give it a try. i am happy to own a bottle of the batch 8 :)
musty fruit, wet oak, more wood. some spices, candied ginger and cardamon. in the back dried figs show their face. caramellized sugar with bourbon vanilla. nice. cotton candy. definitiely strong american oak influence.
strong oaky start, not too complex though. nutty spices. not so much on the fruity side. a rather heavy malt. tastes stronger than batch 7, although it has a few % less abv.
very nutty finish with ginger and wet oak. due to the high abv the tongue is a bit numb. leaves your mouth layered with an oily film.
- I've read a bunch of negative comments about this one, but truth be told, I find this richer, rounder and more sherried than the previous two batches. Sure it's on the young side, but all batches were, so what's the hassle here? Plus, come on: even with less maturation, the distillate is still top notch. So if you could find things to like about the Hielan or previous batches, you should also appreciate this. I certainly do. After trying this sample, I'm not mad at all that I bought a bottle.
Marzipan, almonds, and sweet nutty sherry lead the way. It's rich, creamy and even a bit yeasty/musty - not sure if that's from the wood or the spirit. Thoroughly enjoyable and not at all aggressive, as some of these CS NAS sherry malts can be (I'm looking at you, Tamdhu and Glengoyne!). More civilized and "darker" than the last two batches.
Intense, weighty, powerful, with clear emphasis on the distillate despite the sherry. Less American oak and new oak influence than previous batches (I'm thinking batch 5 especially). A bit frontloaded perhaps, with things tapering off more rapidly than I would have liked right after the mid-palate. Takes water well. Adding water prolongs the development somewhat but also seems to bring out more bitterness at the death, so it's kind of a mixed blessing.
Unremarkable. Tangerine sweetness, some residual alcoholic heat and an ozone-like waft linger longest. Not its strong point.
- 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
- Smell: artificial leather, cheesecake, raisins, wood chips, dry fortified wine. Wake up for a while, the chemical smell disappears, dessert, yellow peach fruit taste: obvious irritation, citrus, high acidity and sweetness, fruit, lacquer, lemon juice sour and bitter, ginger body: medium, oily finish: Honey lemon, sawdust, bitter bottom
- Revisit Batch 7
Nose - salted plum like smell , sweet and sourish, caramel
Taste - sweetness gushing in, intense burn, may be due to higher alcohol, caramel like sweetness and warmness
Finish - slowly warm down , medium finish , very very little bitterness
My score was higher when I had this the last time after a Glenglassaugh with friends, I've been looking for the experience but I couldn't get it. The taste and finish was remarkable for me.
salted plum like smell , sweet and sourish, caramel
sweetness gushing in, intense burn, may be due to higher alcohol, caramel like sweetness and warmness
slowly warm down , medium finish , very very little bitterness
- After tasting Glenglassaugh , this became a very tasteful dram
this is my early tasting for Cask Strength, i never had anything before Batch 7 CS
Nose - Some wood oak sweetness
Taste - first warm, oily smoothness , sweet sherry , some maltose sugary
Finish - medium finish , sherry sweetness lingering
Some wood oak sweetness
first warm, oily smoothness , sweet sherry , some maltose sugary
medium finish , sherry sweetness lingering