- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 18 years old
- Oloroso Sherry Casks
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 15 Jul 2018 10:36 am by emptycask
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90 × member ratings
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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 18-year-old Allardice
22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.75 points
- This bottling frustrates me somehow. I rated a 2017 bottling really quite high, it was my first "wow" moment in the Single Malts world and pretty much the standard to which I compare sherried malts. However with this particular one it really depends on the day: sometimes it's spot on, other times it's too bitter and flat even. I haven't had that with another malt. Well, not to this extent anyway. But when it's good, man it's still VERY good.
- Following Thijs his blogpost, this 18yo Glendronach could possibly be 22-23yo.
- Aroma / Nose feeling:
Hazelnuts, malt, grapes, berries, white chocolate, vanilla. Oje - I could lie down. Honey and subtle dry oak, followed by espresso are other flavors that shoot me through my head as fast as lightning.
The aroma is lovely and familiar. A creamy, gentle malt will be enjoyed by me.
Taste / mouthfeel:
Leich viscous, sweet and tasty, although some acidity and medium bitterness added. Although the malt does not demand it is a bit lively and tingles easily on the tongue. Nougat, grape seeds and walnuts complete the picture.
Finish / aftertaste / Length:
Something bitter and with noticeable oak, which remains on the whole but in the background. The pencil abrasion remains and the sweet, medium-long finish we are accompanied again and again by cocoa, tiramisu and nuts.
Overall impression / comment:
A really, really fine scotch for cozy evenings. Uncomplicated but so tasty. Must have tasted.
- Brief comparison between Glendronach 18yo 43% 1990 (WID: 13249) and Glendronach 18yo 46% 2018 (WID: 115190)
The 1990s already differs significantly from the current one. In the 1990s, the fruits are more like fresh forest berries, a little apricot, plum wine. In addition, perhaps subtle floral smoke, waxy notes and a few Christmas spices.
The 2018 is darker in all respects. The fruits, the wood and the spices. The fruits here are dark dried fruits. In addition, a lot of nutty and chocolate notes.
These are both delicious malts, although the current one can keep the quality of the aroma in the taste. The 1990s didn't succeed. In comparison, the 1990s somehow offers more depth and elegance on the nose, but lacks authority in the mouth. The 18er impresses with its strength and intensity in the nose and mouth.
- This is very easily the very best batch I have tried and have compared many side by side
- Beautiful darkness, deep fruitiness and persistant intensity.
I smell real oloroso sherry! A tone of dried fruit such as raisins. Complemented with notes of cherries and brown sugar. Stewed fruits at the end.
Even more sherry! I taste bitter tones of dark chocolate and wood tannins. A delicious, full bodied, creamy taste. This is followed by spices from cloves and gingerbread spices. Fruity at the end. Especially oranges.
Long, full bodied again, warm and an abundance of dates and milk chocolate. After 10 minutes I taste grassy tones.