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Glendronach Cask Strength

Overall rating
84.08/100
votes
229
Whiskybase ID
WB107684
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch 7
Bottled
2018
Casktype
Oloroso & Pedro Ximenez Sherry Casks
Strength
57.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
LL33740
Barcode
5060399685436
Added on
11 feb 2018 12:52 pm by TheWhiskyDungeon
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 125.58

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach Cask Strength

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.08 points

  1. JürgenWhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It is just sad to see how bad Glendronach Whiskys got the last years.

  2. Lakerfield scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    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..
    • Nose
      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!
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Long. Malt, alcohol heat, apple and bitter oak.

  3. chrisyeo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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.
    • 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

  4. dapoinbua scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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 :)
    • Nose
      88 88
      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.
    • Taste
      85 85
      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.
    • Finish
      86 86
      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.

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      86 86
      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.
    • Taste
      85 85
      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.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Unremarkable. Tangerine sweetness, some residual alcoholic heat and an ozone-like waft linger longest. Not its strong point.

  6. malty Joe scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    I really love Glendronach but this expression makes me sad!! Young of age, spirity, and unimpressive!

  7. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Oloroso sherry and PX, as the last revival 15 years!
    for 7 to 9 years of age for this CS.
    • Nose
      spice!
      then a little wood and fresh glue, it smells of youth.
      fruit on stewed fruits (apple, pear, tangerine)
    • Taste
      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
    • Finish
      average, on the same scents, without much surprise ... a "half" revival?

  8. marq scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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

  9. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very rich, heady nose, cereals and red fruits, blueberries, blackcurrants, raspberries, forest berries, a zest of orange, and perhaps some well-hidden exotic fruits. Mangoes, passion fruit. Cereals seem toasted, oats, wheat flakes. In the mouth, honey, clementines, then spices, a little strong, cumin, paprika, saffron. Precious wood, heather, forest undergrowth, it's a bit vegetal. Humus. On the finish, good length, still spices, it's smoky, on figs and dates.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/06/the-glendronach-cask-strength-batch-7.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Andytka3 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    1647) The Glendronach, Cask Strength, Batch 7

    Another Cask Strength series that had the privilege for trying their various batches. B4-88pt and B5-87pt (under BW), B6-85pt and B8-84pt (under RB) respectively. So this missing piece of B7 would complete the streaks, and let see whether can get the B9 and B10.
    • Nose
      N- Nutty extracts, almond essence with red macerated fruits. Prunes on a bed of mashed raisins. Evolved to sweet caramel custards, red fruits jelly. Underlying spices of hearty Kari Kambing spices mix, coriander powder and powerful strength that constantly melting the nasal away. Harboring citrus-y sweet red candy notes at the tail. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Bold as it should be, at the same time let the juicy and velvety creamy texture slides smoothly on the palate. Resin and warmth roasted spices, diluted on the palate with fond candied apple and chocolate emerged. (89/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, dry with scents of spices and dried fruits, moment of bristling spicy sensation followed by a shadowy touch of lovely starfruit drifts across. Feel the palate urges for a fine Cerut. (88/22)

      B/B- 87/21 A solid cask strength but stiff at times, especially trying this after the outstanding GA-B6.

      Weighted Rate- 86pt

  11. Ninofdram scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  12. Derufus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  13. glenrob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. Funtik scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  15. TsiAI scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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
    Overall: 83.5/100

  16. chrisyeo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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
    • Nose
      90 90
      Some wood oak sweetness
    • Taste
      90 90
      first warm, oily smoothness , sweet sherry , some maltose sugary
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium finish , sherry sweetness lingering

  17. leeho scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  18. besar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  19. whiskytornado scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  20. sidqi scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Strong sherry sweet.Toffee,malt aromas.Some spices.Sultanas.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Fruity,sweet,a little sour,mouthwatering.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Long and spicy. A little oily.

  21. dramspotter scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Sure it is not going to stack up against some of the single cask Glendronachs but is probably designed with a market in mind. It might be quite a competitor in the mid-range market based on this; the delivery really works well and can stack up well against an a'bunadh or a 105. Just set your expectations appropriately.
    • Nose
      82 82
      pine resin, newly planed wood in a workshop, cinnamon doughnuts
    • Taste
      81 81
      syrupy but rather unremarkable at first
    • Finish
      83 83
      gets pretty rich in the finish, there is a nice lightness - not bitter or woody, a very easy comfortable finish

  22. lviz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It's a bit young, but not that bad. To be honest if you leave it for 20 min and add some drop of water it will be nice. Nothing special, but a correct whisky to drink. Yes, it's not like a single cask Dronach but please check the price tag...yes, there were better batches before...agree.

  23. Volker Gude scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    Really not recommendable.
    A disappointment.

  24. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  25. Glenjasper scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Of all Glendronachs, that's the worst thing I've ever drunk.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Light fruity aromas with wood and a sweet and sour smell with hay seeds.
    • Taste
      78 78
      You have to search for a long time. The alcohol comes through clearly, the famous sherry note of Glendronach is a nonsense.

      Not every Glendronach needs to be a sherry bomb, but what's in the glass here is a disappointment.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Empty.

  26. EvilAFI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not the refined Glendronach I have had before, a bit hot and unbalanced. Good, but not great.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Honey, raisins, spice, fig
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet and spicy, red fruits and aggressive baking spices.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Fruity and drying, medium long. Raspberry iced tea

  27. ballunder scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    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.

  28. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  29. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      85 85
      intense fruity-sweet; figs; Berry; Caramel sweetness; Alcohol is well integrated; Splash of water brings out the fruit notes even better
    • Taste
      85 85
      spicy-sweet; intense fruitiness (berries, raisins) sticky-mouth-filling; a little bitter oak comes out
    • Finish
      82 82
      long and dry; Plum; Oak comes out clearly; increasingly bitter (coffee, oak)

  30. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  31. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A simple and inoffensive cask strength. An easy drinker
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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
      Finish picks up sour notes, the orange gets slightly bitter, the fudge becomes salted and there's an addition of oak.

  32. robbiemast scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      85 85

  33. PX-Michl scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  34. PX-Michl scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  35. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    22-02-2019
    • Nose
      75 75
      sherry
    • Taste
      76 76
      sherry
    • Finish
      74 74
      sherry

  36. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    It's a nice enough whisky, but no match for Batch 1. It is very reasonably priced, though.
    • Nose
      The nose is very Glendronach, although less sherried that one used to the 18yo and the single casks would think. I believe the previous batches had a louder wine section. Warm roast beef, tobacco smoke, and sherry oak in a good blend. Marabou chocolate. Water reduces it to fatty sherry notes. Seems to work better neat.
    • Taste
      Marabou chocolate, a fatty mouthfeel, some fruity sherry. With water the peat and the sherry become sharper, and the alcohol shows up as a separate note. A little more water makes it even boozier, showing its youth.
    • Finish
      For such a present, fatty body, the finish is disappointingly short and hollow. Peatier, oakier with water, but not noticeably longer.

  37. Steven79 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  38. Kensay scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    not the most interesting sherry molt ...

  39. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The first impression is 80-81. And after 20 minutes it was still sharp, with the smell of a solvent ... He poured a glass into a larger glass than a glenkairn, and waited another half an hour. After an hour, an entirely normal whisky, 85 points. Yields to earlier releases.

  40. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Significantly worse than all predecessors, very spritig, little fruit, little "Glendronach Feeling". Let's hope that this batch was a slip-up.

  41. Gerson scored this whisky 79 points Newbie

    • Nose
      pleasantly malty fragrance in my nose. Either it was too long ago, but I remember the Batch 6 from the nose differently. I like it just fine. Okay, the alcohol strength will come later.
    • Taste
      First, pleasantly mild in the mouth, vanilla, slightly fruity and then I notice the sherry barrels come through. Clear statement, strong, cask strength fits.
      With water, a little gentler at first, still vanilla, hmm .. weird but good. Then he gets stronger again, as before without water.
    • Finish
      Yes, medium long, pleasant and okay.

      Conclusion:
      For me an unusual Glendronach in cask strength. I remember Batch 5 + 6 differently. I'd rather like this one here, but it could also be the form of the day or the lack of a direct comparison at the moment, if you want that.
      Buy recommendation from me. It could also be because of the design which reminds me a little bit of the 15er revival. Slainte!

  42. WHISKY BEAKER scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    Smell is kinda nutty, (wood) and alcohol..... not much more. 1st sip (after 10 minutes airing) big alcohol punch and faint nuts. With water (I added a few times some water) Still alcohol driven and the nutty flavor goes more to the back, lingering quit long but I don't get more besides that nutty flavor. Mouthfeel is quit thin (also without water) and all appears to me a (too) young spirit just like the peated portwood that was also much too young, thin and one demential... 

    #68/100 

    Disappointed  
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      70 70

  43. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/glendronach/glendronach-cask-strength-batch-7/

    GlenDronach Cask Strength
    (57,9%, OB 2018, Batch #7) 

    Nose: lots of toffee and treacle notes, with gingerbread and walnut cream. Chestnuts and corn flakes. Roasted malt. Blackberries, sultanas and Spanish fig bread. Mars bars. Just very light hints of oxo. Sherried of course, but not a classic sherry bomb as it’s mostly on the earthy / caramelly side, with a lot of malty notes underneath.
    Mouth: sweet and malty. Also a little hot and spirity. Chocolate, figs and always this meaty edge. Toffee, maple syrup and other variations on caramel. Some tannins, nutmeg and pepper.
    Finish: long, with oaky notes, baked apples, walnuts

    An autumnal GlenDronach, with a malty heart and a generous caramel coating, at the expense of fruity notes.
    Less impressive than previous batches!

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