Glendronach 18-year-old

Overall rating
89.11/100
votes
122
Whiskybase ID
WB107828
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Allardice
Bottled
10.01.2018
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LL14038
Added on
13 feb 2018 11:33 am by Sachin
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 340.61

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Whisky reviews for Glendronach 18-year-old

21 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.11 points.

  1. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Clearly the older brother of the 15er. But more sherry dominating and a little more on tap. The quality is considerable. PLV clearly perfect.
    • Nose
      87 87
      As a special one has immediately the red wine notes and the well-known matchmaking effect. I like that. Then the whole Christmas market with good espresso in the air. Gentle woody spice notes in the background.
    • Taste
      86 86
      If now the wood breaks through then rather in the bitter direction. Too bad. But quickly comes the creamy sherry effect. Now orange caramel in plum jam. He is full-bodied and deliciously oily. But .... something bothers me on the bitter side. Still great palate!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Rather long and with cough syrup like mouthfeel, he slowly leaves the stage. He stays wonderfully sweet. In the background still a woody menthol taste. Has something.

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  3. Obynapewno scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    less spicy than 2017, a little less sweeter than 2019, but has more dried fruit
    • Nose
      88 88
      dried fruit, dark fruit, honey, vanilla, oak, skin, plums in dark chocolate, tobacco
    • Taste
      89 89
      dried fruit, figs, dates, raisins, dark fruit, plums, cherries, leather furniture, honey, tobacco, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium, oak, leather, dark chocolate, tobacco

  4. KB201 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The new 18-year-old Glendronach bears the addition of Allardice and completes the previously relatively manageable product range with another first-class single malt whisky stored in sherry casks.
    • Nose
      Full, heavy, intense, sweet, sherry, distinct spices, oak, dark fruits, caramel, a little honey
    • Taste
      First soft, oily, sweet, sherry, cocoa, then there is a distinct oak with spice
    • Finish
      Long, full, first dry and spicy, but with a clear sherry, then sweet with a little dark chocolate, cherries, dried fruits

  5. Totolino scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Thirstin scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    Your dark colour is beautiful. I love your nose. Lovely Oloroso sherry and high-class varnish, giving way to deep dark plums, cherries and the darkest grapes. A hint of banana pith and booze-soaked cake. The smell of the outside of an orange. You taste so yummy and fresh and juicy. You are substantial, while remaining refined, with just the right balance of fruity sweetness, espresso and silky dark chocolate. You are not one of those syrupy sweet ones. This allows other characteristics to be experienced. You have your different moods. I don’t mind your edge of bitterness … it gives you character and complexity. Sometimes you are a little spicy. Sometimes you have the slightest sour edge. You are best when you are out in the air for a while, it brings out your depth. I love your depth and maturity. You have an earthy side. Your personality is so well balanced and yummy. I remember you long after you leave. I always want you to be with me. Will you marry me?

  7. Soderberg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Malan scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

  9. Foudos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Rich, sweet and velvety, a very typical sherry dominant nose from GlenDronach. Lots of dried fruits, sour plum, dark chocolate, balsamic vinegar. The sweetness is very concentrated, which gives you a sticky feeling, and the fear of getting diabetes if you drink this. High quality and flawless modern sherry casks maturation you've got here.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Exactly what the nose promises - waves of dried fruits sweetness attacking your palate without too much oakiness here. Dark fruits on full blast, with dark chocolate, tobacco, sour plum, honey, brown sugar.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sweet and sticky, slightly more bitter and nutty than the palate, pretty long and warming finish.

  11. Malan scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

  12. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Smell: It is the deterrence produced by extremely excellent talents. The nose is instantly attracted. A large number of charming fruit, high-grade white chocolate, and freshly baked cake aromas poured into the nasal cavity. The faint coolness of mint and alcohol in the background adds a three-dimensional feeling. Part, the middle section releases some woody notes, and the immature honeydew skin is already drunk inside.

    Drink: On the happiness of taste buds, forest jam, dark chocolate, a charming jam hovering on both cheeks.

    Feeling: It can be salt or sweet, so cute

  13. ezioaudit scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  14. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It was clearly the grace of early birth to be able to enjoy this bottling - those were still barrels, wonderful! Love it !!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  15. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The first thing that came to mind: "Yes, I'm spoiled ..."
    Glass: Blender's
    Color: cognac or brewed tea.
    Aroma: good sherry, sweet fruits, dried fruits, figs, raisins, dried apricots, nuts ... a mixture of smells on the malls with oriental sweets, do you have any in the bazaar?
    Taste: fruity, pleasant, warming, slightly edible furniture polish ...
    Finish: long-lasting and warming.
    Despite 46%, it is drunk comfortably and gently, but today is clearly not a sherry day for me, although outside the window it’s only +5 and I built a horizontal line 18-21-Bochkova batch 3 ...
    Apparently I finally decided ...
    There are no wave-like discoveries in aromatics and taste - everything is pretty standard for a sherry, no Wow.
    This is definitely good and more: 88

  16. keba9591 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. dereinejo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Sweet, fruity overall, such as dried figs, delicious sherry notes, fruit compote with apricots, ripe apricots
    • Taste
      88 88
      some tobacco, winter fruits, hardly any grains, and a lot of starch, more alcoholic than the dram actually is
    • Finish
      87 87
      not so very long, a bit chocolaty, mocha and spicy

  18. Schmausel did not rate this whisky Administrator

    same cask but different bottling date

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/136560/glendronach-18-year-old-allardice

  19. diamond2000 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: delicate, but at the same time rich, raisins, figs, dates, sweet pastry pastry goes further: shortbread with berry jam honey and roasted nuts; the second wave is already a variety of dried sour-sweet berries and a hint of wood, flavored tobacco and some spices. Awesome scent! Very complex, rich in halftones, constantly evolving.

    Taste: a mixture of dried fruits, both exotic and not very, light pepper, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, pleasant wood tannin, further coffee beans, dark chocolate, notes of dark beer.

    Finish: long, spices, dark raisins, prunes, walnut and its astringent partitions, beef broth, chocolate, and again a little astringent wood tannins. A kaleidoscope of spices and spices gradually passes into dried fruit, and then into fatty nuts.

    Rating: 91

    The result: well, what can I say - harmonious, tasty, rich, in general, a great hamlet! Now I want to try and their 21

  20. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  21. LukeFive scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    After couple of months from finishing my first bottle of this particular batch , I had urge to open another one, despite having couple of sherry bombs already opened. This one just keeps calling me back, and its beautiful from get go. This is my 3rd Glendronach 18 and one thing is that , this bottles going quick. Im drinking occasionally for past couple of years, sometimes one dram a month as i dont have desire for hard alcohol most of the time. But when Glendronach 18 is opened it lasts max 3-4 months. Its a shame really, because they start opening so nicely just about that time.
    The fruits are not present a lot and I must say and if I have off day its 88 points ( but that goes for every whisky ) and if the stars are aligned then I would score it 93 points. As a default I scored it 91 points. But the fruits ( candied dry fruits mix, raisins, plums, berries ) do comeback after the bottle is opened for 4+months.
    Im Glendronach fan ( this juice is still from direct fired stills ) and I really appreciate the profile of this particular expression so Im giving it couple of extra points from these reasons.

    Just a quick review as i already have done one before, but i must say this bottle feels more relaxed from get go, while the first one was more restrained.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Very polished and elegant but in the same time you can feel the depth and richness, to me as someone who favorites desert drams, this is very close to perfect, at least this is the feeling im getting from it. I get walnut cake, rich cakey aroma which really pleases the senses. And dark chocolate covered dry fruits in the background, Berries, candied plums and raisins, complimented with nutmeg and cinnamon sticks, with all sorts of desert chocolate sauces, brown demerara sugar, hint of pipe tobacco, roasted arabica coffee beans.... its beautiful nose and deserves more than 5 minute after pouring, but I know this will eventually develop and open with time ( The experience I had with previous bottle, same batch )
    • Taste
      91 91
      Dryer arrival but become nicely juicy after entry, beautiful development again, more of the coffee ( espresso made from roasted arabica coffee beans with demerara sugar ) and dark cocoa mounthfeel supported with honey and caramel sauce, hints of spearmint, Dry Berries, touch of chocolate covered raisins and plums, all ripe, solid development and structure of flavors. A dynamic dram where the experience keeps you busy, no off or unexpected notes.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long on dry fruits ( candied plum, hit of candied orange peel, dry raisins, dates ), natural cocoa, dark chocolate, peppermint lozenges, menthol, propolis, lingers on, gets spicy and echoing

  22. Macheye scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Glendronach 18 year old Alladice is rather the game of two halves – starting sweet, rich and deeply sherried on the nose and front palate, it rapidly becomes peppery and dry on the back palate and particularly in the finish. There’s not a huge amount of complexity here, but all the contrasting elements come together nicely to form a tasty, well-made sherried-forward expression.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/glendronach/glendronach-18-year-old-allardice/
    • Nose
      No doubts about the oloroso influence here – immediate raisins, dates and caramelised figs. These are supported by chocolate, sponge cake and some heady tobacco leaf notes – fresh and golden, but still slightly oily and sticky. In the background, stewed stone fruits – lurking – hidden behind a wall of dried berries. There’s a touch of malt here, and likewise hazel nuttiness and gentle spicing – white pepper. The addition of water heightens the tobacco aroma further and adds some ground coffee beans.
    • Taste
      A rich and syrupy arrival packed full of reduced berry fruits, chocolate, coffee grounds. Then, quite a perceptible minerality comes to the fore – wet granite, slate, flint. It provides some sharpness and juxtapositions nicely against the intense sweetness of the sherry. Mid to back palate, slightly more tropical fruits – foam bananas and mangos, but still well within the grip of Mr Oloroso. Pepperiness again, slightly intense, prickly and certainly more pronounced than on the nose – as well as spicingness, this adds quite a lot of dryness. A few drops of water adds some orange peels as well as bringing out the underlying cask influence with some bitterness.
    • Finish
      Long, quite peppery and very drying.

  23. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    darker than the older releases, bolder flavors, i can’t seem to find the orange notes i’m so fond of and instead i get bread (yeast) notes, still formidable though

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