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Glendronach 18-year-old Allardice

Overall rating
89.60/100
votes
32
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
10.01.2018
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LL14038
Added on
13 Feb 2018 11:48 am by Sachin
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 84,91

32 × member ratings

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Member Junior Holzhacker75
94
Expert Junior childofbodom696
94
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94
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94
Member Senior NOBODY
93
Newbie Heinair
93
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92
Member Junior Snufkin
92
Member Junior Whiskyblower
92
Expert Senior LukeFive
91
Expert Junior Christian Simon
91
Member Senior nidgey
91
Member Senior borninastorm
90
Member Senior FredrikH
90
Expert Senior mcinness
90
Member Senior Whisky Explorer
90
Expert Senior WSP
90
Member Senior slàintemhath
90
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89
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88
Expert Senior Sachin
88
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87
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87
Expert Junior TomP
87
Expert Junior Chainsaw
87
Expert Junior Goldenmalt
87
Expert Junior Skip Jefferson
87
Connoisseur boy_genius_ck
86
Expert Junior Minhawali
86
Expert Senior Macheye
85
Member Senior Pitchy
84

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 18-year-old Allardice

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.60 points

  1. LukeFive scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    After couple of months after 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 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.
    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, 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 with demerara sugar ) and dark cocoa mounthfeel supported with honey and caramel sauce, hints of spearmint, 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 ) and cocoa, peppermint lozenges, menthol, linger on, gets spicy and echoing

  2. mosesumike scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  3. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. 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.

  5. LukeFive scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This whisky have luxurious presence, its well balanced and rich dram where all the raw edges were graciously smoothed out with long maturation. This is a smooth operator. Only drawback I would say I didn't get much or any fruits I used to get with older releases. Still very fine drop though.

    If you love chocolate and coffee then you should love this. 

    It need fair time in glass to open up from my experience.

    I have this bottle opened for only a week and it becoming better, after opening it was very closed/muted. 

    This is the kind of profile I adore in whisky so Im giving it a few extra points for the quality/price ratio ( £70 as of February 2018 )

    Update: After having the bottle almost finished 2 months later, the dry, candied, dark fruits seems to make a presence! Beautiful dram if you give it 2-3 month to breathe in bottle. Now I like it even more.
    • Nose
      Rich and balanced nose more on the dark side. Lots of chocolate, chocolate sauce, cold caramel sauce, after eight dark chocolates, fresh mint, dark roasted coffee beans, old demerara rum, walnut cake, whiff of rich manuka honey, bit of anise star and cinnamon sticks, hits of dry lemon and orange peel, Prunes. Nice dark , deep and rich nose
    • Taste
      Initially dry but in waves becomes juicy. Again dark chocolate and cardamon spices, nougat, espresso coffee, after about 30 minutes in glass hint of chocolate orange ( more like dark chocolate ), maraschino cherry, dry prunes. All gives luxurious mouthfeel. the sweetness is well under control with the oak spices.
    • Finish
      Very long, lingering with bit of dry fruits, nutmeg, dark chocolate, cocoa, trace of wood smoke at the end

  6. 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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