Glendronach 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
16 years old
Pedro Ximénez, Oloroso and Port casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
LM 31679
Added on
18 Feb 2019 1:18 pm by Torbehn

Average value

€ 157.17

45 × in wishlist

130 × member ratings

399 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 16-year-old

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.40 points

  1. Nilles scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Appealing. Mild, soft, sweet, as I like him ...
    Grapes, something "grassy" (not at all GD-typical) and the obligatory PX plum ...
    The alcohol is very well integrated and harmonises well with the aromas.
    Nice, medium-long and slightly spicy finish ...
    Very pleasing, but not necessarily a "must have", especially not for the price.

  2. Lakerfield scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    First impression on the nose is especially a lot of balance. No aggressiveness or notes that want to stick out. It's very fruity I gotta say. We've got apple, tangerine, apricot, mango, banana, raisin and raspberry. All very delicate. Then vanilla, wax, honey, walnut, fake leather, chocolate chip cookie, marzipan, a little mint and an earthy dunnage note. Leans towards the current 15yo Revival, only more sugary. Don't expect 'first-fill artillery'.
    In the mouth, more of the same with the fruity notes to a lesser extent. Again, very soft and easy to sip on. Apple, peach, apricot, blueberry and white grape. Then some vanilla, honey, praliné, cookie dough, malt and a dunnage note that is typical of Glendronach.
    The finish is rather short. Malty, some peach and a little white chocolate.

    A fine malt, really. Easy to sip on, enough complexity, just good. But we're having a Glendronach here, ladies and gentlemen. James Allardice would step out of his grave if he heard about this. Glendronach shines the best with a good dose of sherry influence, its reputation is built upon those wonderful casks for a matter of fact. This one just feels rushed in some kind of way. Sherry in the background, port is nowhere to be found.. It's a fine whisky on its own but when looking at Glendronach, this one is another miss from Rachel Barrie.

    Based on a sample.

  3. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty sherry malt. Nice interaction of nose and palate. Some things fit together very well.
    Harmonious and varied with very well integrated alcohol. I like it very much.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Pleasant, not intrusive start on the nose. Looks nice and round on the first impression. Fruity notes of plums, oranges and red grapes. A matching honey sweetness. In the background some nuts and dried fruits in rum. With a little time, malty caramel aromas will show up. Everything accompanied by a hint of vanilla.
      Nice round, versatile nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The palate seamlessly continues all the aromas of the nose. Nuts, caramel and malt are a bit more pronounced, the fruitiness recedes slightly. Very nice. There is also chocolate and some oak seasoning.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-length finish, fruit and nuts slowly recede. Chocolate and a little spice stay longer.

  4. the_muskox scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    This is unfortunately a bit lackluster in flavour and depth, at least compared to the Revival. There are some nice flavours going on: the nose is quite nice in general, and I like the floral notes, especially on the finish. That said, there are a few weird notes here and there, the palate is a bit on the bitter side, and it just doesn’t seem like the very best of casks have gone into this bottling, again, at least compared to the 15. It might not be so fair to compare this whisky to one of the best standard bottlings in the category, but there’s no reason this couldn’t be as good, right? It’s a fine whisky overall, but it’s not something I’d be looking for at the airport.

    Nose: Very sweet and richly spiced. Very fruity as well: cherries, citrus zest, juicy plums, dates, tangerine, and apricots are all sweet and fresh, with a hint of tartness. There’s a sweet floral kind of note as well, something like cotton candy or muscat grapes. Heavy vanilla, pralines, wood spices, and leather. A bit of sweetened condensed milk, with some white glue.

    Palate: Medium texture. Sweet and a bit thin up front, with apples, cherries, and more or those muscat grapes. Nutty and slightly bitter in the middle with more of a savoury spice: black pepper, salted peanuts, leather, tobacco, some tight oak, and even some mustard powder. The cherries return on the back end, along with tangy orange and light berries.
    A dribble of water picks up the arrival quite a lot, and intensifies the spice and fruit.

    Finish: The flavour really blossoms here, in a literal sense too. Lots of hibiscus and rose, along with banana and dried orange and grapefruit peels. A bit more of that dried mustard thing. Cinnamon and ginger.

  5. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I love the "old" Revival and Allardice bottlings - so it's an unfamiliar but interesting GlenDronach for me.
    It is good, very good even - but it is not a top malt!
    Originally for € 65.00 in travel retail, it is now much too expensive!
    [Color] copper;
    • Nose
      sweet (honey), fruity (grapes, plums), sherry flavors, nuts;
    • Taste
      juicy, fruity, oily, sweet, honey, vanilla, caramel, plums, spices, some oak;
    • Finish
      medium length, creamy, fruity, nutty, some oak lingers;

  6. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    An interesting new addition to the Glendronach lineup. The nose is quite atypical, but also a welcome change of pace for the usual fat sherried character of this distillery. The supposed port influence is not really obvious; though the new 10yo Port Wood should fill that gap nicely. Anyway, a decent bottling and well worth trying.
    • Nose
      Gentle sweetness, liquefied Werther’s originals and whispers of vanilla. A little ozone and candied ginger, followed by a somewhat sour sensation of currant in vinegar. With lots of air you can find citrus – ripe juicy oranges primarily.
    • Taste
      Sweet and juicy. A touch of virgin oak, caramel, and lots of vanilla pods. A touch of umami – meaty undertones of pork lard, pop corn, and eucalyptus.
    • Finish
      Medium. Sour-sweet tannins, lightly mentholated tea, and buttered corn.

  7. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. besar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. pecathor scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    beautiful whisky, lot of fruit, very well balanced, I'm slowly falling in love with every Glendronach dram I taste!:)
    • Nose
      87 87
      full, sweet, fruity, plums, grapes, kind of a floral notes, a bit of mint, vanilla
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweet, grapes, honey, oak wood, nuts, caramel candy
    • Finish
      85 85
      long and nice, sweet with floral and citrus notes

  10. Gous scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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


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