Glendronach 15-year-old Revival

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
30 Jan 2019 9:50 pm

Average value

€ 82.38

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 15-year-old Revival

78 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.26 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    looks thinner and less refined than its predecessor on me - both complexity and the depth of the flavors is rather superficial - much more complex than the 12er but the distance to the 18s is also very large
    • Nose
      84 84
      slightly dusty musty dried dates, orange oil and orange juice, later rather bitter orange marmalade - sweeter but also more bitter substances, laurel, dried figs, a lot of mint, a little camillan

      after the first sip also very clear plums, with a lot of time a fine fruity acid, with caramel, honey
    • Taste
      83 83
      Leather, dried dats and figs - which are a bit woody, herbal so come here. Pepper, chili, ginger, very sweet, a hint of plum, clearly orange, some tobacco and a delicate bitterness that reminds me of grape seeds and stalks - it has something "dirty" leathery in itself
    • Finish
      83 83
      RumtraubenChocolate, orange, slightly nutty, plum, rather short

  2. Othorion scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    This Whisky is okay concerning its price-Performance-ratio! (Well, at least if you can get one for roundabout 55 Euro) Seeing so many people chasing this newest expression the Glendronach marketing did a good Job naming this one Revival! For me as a fan of the former Billy Walker Glendronach Style this is a slap in the face! This stuff is just so much worse than the old Revival and the new Style is kinda generic in my book as well!

  3. Pollenflug scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Set with X ...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    the "new" revival!
    Oloroso and PX!
    • Nose
      olfactory roundness, creamy sweetness and vanilla, rather marked spices, woody return quite important.
    • Taste
      fine sherry, less flagrant, woody more present and dry, rather peppery spices, creamy and greedy.
    • Finish
      same perceptions in the mouth with wood and a very fine sherry, more on stewed fruit, but not on mold.

  5. Kensay scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    not worth the attention, failure is complete compared to the old release

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A different beast altogether from its earlier incarnation, and one that by all rights should have gone by another name. A revival of the Revival? Not really. A good contemporary sherried whisky with an age statement and a characterful distillate? Certainly.
    • Nose
      87 87
      PX and American oak up front, along with a slight sense of heat (or, if you're more positively inclined, warmth) and some rather fresh-seeming wood - and the spices that brings: ginger, nutmeg, some soft cinnamon.
      So yeah: raisins, dates, chewy toffee, and all that, but also a real sense of the distillate coming through, perhaps more so than in the older version. Less integrated, obviously younger, more spirit-driven, more shaped by quercus alba. Of course all that was to be expected, and it's a shame that pretty much all of us who taste and discuss this feel they have to point out differences to the "original", simply because the owners apparently believed they had to piggyback on that bottling's stellar reputation. If this had been brought out under a different name, its own merits would've been more apparent. It's pleasant and substantial, after all, with some hefty sherry and meaty, weighty distillate playing in tandem. Also, with some time in the glass, some lovely savory umami notes appear, with some liquorice, and somewhat surprisingly - a floral / citric aspect. Definitely nothing to sneer at, but of course it pales in comparison with its predecessor. Edit: gets better and better after some time in the open bottle; I've upped the score by two points.
    • Taste
      86 86
      As with the nose, a lot of PX and youthful American oak at first, with a peppery, gingery bite to it. Then more sweetness and red fruits come in, followed by leather, soy sauce, charcoal, and pretty pronounced wood spices. As Serge would say: very modern. It's good though, and as with the CS versions, I like that we can actually get more of an impression of the distillery character when the (fresh / first-fill) sherry is less pronounced. Nothing to sit and marvel at, but a very good drinker around the 50-60 € mark.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Warming for sure, with sweet, pickled ginger, crema di balsamico, and sticky-sweet dried dates. Some residual heat. Pleasant, but no real charm of its own. It's the palate on repeat, pretty much.

  7. Amsterdam scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    This re-release of the Revival is now a mix of
    Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso sherry casks. The first Revival was only on Oloroso casks.

  8. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I'm not a GD expert, but I already strongly remember that I liked the old 15er much better, for me even with the strongest under 20er OA was. This one lacks some grounding, but also depth.
    • Nose
      Phew, I do not like the modern sherry, chestnut, nuts, rye bread, oregano, nut chocolate, nutmeg, musty dates, cinnamon, lavender, clove, rather dry and even more bitter, have the old much fruity in memory
    • Taste
      Clove, cherry compote with bitter seeds, plums with seeds as well, chestnut, very modern also here, lovage therefore unfortunately also of the lot, pepper black pepper, forest honey, pine nuts, ginger, some tobacco
    • Finish
      Still bitter, the nuts come back from the nose, chocolate chips, ginger, short to medium long

  9. dandan798 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The 2018 Revival is still a truly fantastic sherried whisky.
    • Nose
      89 89
      sweet, sherry, dried fruit, dates, raisins, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, berries, cherry, chocolate, spices, cinnamon, cloves
    • Taste
      91 91
      sherry, dried fruit, dark fruit, sweetness, vanilla, spices, cinnamon, honey, chocolate, raisins, green apple, grape, citrus
    • Finish
      92 92
      sherry, sweet, raisins, vanilla, honey, milk chocolate, spices, cinnamon, cloves, oak, fruit, berries, oak, espresso

  10. KingKutte_4.0 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    a shadow of himself :(
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82


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