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Glendronach 1990

Overall rating
90.97/100
votes
95
Whiskybase ID
WB136081
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Bottling - Batch 17
Vintage
25.04.1990
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Pedro Ximenez Puncheon
Casknumber
7905
Number of bottles
660
Strength
51.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060399688031
Added on
01 aug 2019 10:00 pm by Tauti

Average value

€ 999.90

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1990

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.97 points

  1. Flou scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    It's great how oily the whisky is in the glass and there are long streaks on the glass wall.

    In the nose, initially more reserved than expected. Not that violent sherry fist from the overloaded sherry bombs that have been so popular lately. It is much more elegant with lots of dark fruits, boiled with figs, raisins, cherries, blackberries ... and a little apple sprinkled with cinnamon. Now comes the chocolate ... associations of chocolate with nuts. Not really dark chocolate, just a little bittersweet. A really pleasant, slightly sour note is added, which I love for whisky matured in sherry casks. I thought that was so delicious with The Maltman Secret Speyside 16y. And in the end, the wood comes with fresher wood from a carpentry and older wood from old furniture. Everything is wonderfully interwoven ... just great as soon as you let it stand longer and have the first sip approved. Then the aroma becomes even stronger.

    In the mouth incredibly creamy and oily, it pushes vigorously with its 51.7% and dark sweet fruits flood the mouth ... wow! Spices follow with pepper, cinnamon and a pleasant woodiness with hints of leather, the chocolate is now darker and lines the mouth. Complex, sweet, fruity, dry, spicy ... somehow everything together but everything harmonizes wonderfully. The 51.7% alcohol is perfectly integrated and ensures the optimal level of strength.

    The aromas stay in the mouth for a long time. Wonderful. Dark chocolate with a fruit filling with dark fruits and garnished with a little pepper ... this is how you can perhaps describe it.

    Overall, I have to say that this is a really good whisky. The nose is not as strong as hoped at the beginning, but you should leave the whisky for 30 minutes with a lid on the glass. It opens up more and more and the boiled fruits become more and more present. Similar to the Couvreur Blossoming Auld Sherried, where the nose is initially weaker than expected ... but gradually it gets really awesome. The Glendronach is not an "in the face" whisky, but a gentle and elegant gentleman with an abundance of flavors. Anyone who gets involved will be rewarded with a complex and wonderfully complex whisky.

    We do not need to discuss the price. The whisky is really expensive! And it is not € 350 more delicious than an Allardice or Parliament. But he plays in a higher league, I have to make that clear.

    My rating: fabulous 93/100 points
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  2. michels_kevin scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    An incredibly beautiful round sherry whisky.
    Can only join Flou's notes. With his Notes everything is really said correctly.

  3. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The oldest single cask (or cask bottling, as Glendronach has recently called it) from Batch17 is convincing across the board. An elegant, dark, fruity sherry line slowly combines with a finely woven spice that remains on the palate for several minutes. Fantastic! No one-dimensional sherry bomb of modern character from wet barrels, but a finely matured noble, old glendron after which you can taste the long years in the PX barrel. My favorite from batch 17 in front of casks 221, 847 and the port pipe.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. Amsterdam scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Batch 17 contains the following 14 bottles:
    1990 cask 2623
    1990 cask 7905
    1992 cask 113
    1992 cask 221
    1992 cask 847
    1992 cask 5896
    1993 cask 416
    1993 cask 5976
    1994 cask 325
    1995 cask 3040
    2005 cask 887
    2006 cask 3343
    2006 cask 3359
    2007 cask 6769

  5. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This is one of ‘those’ Glendronachs. Incredible stuff! Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. This is something you will brag about with your grandchildren later in your life. So incredibly complex and multilayered. Out of this world!
    • Nose
      What a SENSATIONAL nose this is! Incredibly thick, and sherried but so sophisticated at the same time! It’s incredibly well layered and mature. It’s rich, balanced, rounded, intense and elegant at the same time. Figs, dark chocolate, fresh apples, leather, tobacco, cinnamon, cocoa, bramble, incredibly mature. Whiffs of tea leaf and ‘rooibos’. Autumn forest smells, refined bitterness and freshness of peppermint. I can go on for hours to come. Sensational, fantastic, impressive. Best nose in a long time. Everything seems right, harmonious, complex and complete. This is whisky like it’s supposed to be.
    • Taste
      My goodness. This really catches me upon arrival. Smooth, sweet, slight bitter notes and some spicy black peppers. Mouth coating experience is what it gives. Literally everywhere on the palate something is happening. Perfectly balanced. strawberry with chocolate sauce, dates, dark chocolate, caramel fudge, various spices, roasted paprika. This is something one can keep inside their mouth for hours. Fortunately it is extremely rewarding to swallow as well!
    • Finish
      This complex finish is lingering on and on and on. What a fantastic experience. Leather belts and cigar tobacco come out so well. Flavors of charcoal, red fruits and dark spices like mentioned before. Again chocolate but more in a cream stuffed Milk chocolate kind of way. Also it gets syrupy, juicy, soft and sweet. There is a sophisticated bitterness in the finish of dried fruits mixed with dried fruits and a bitter/fresh flavor like in the wood juice of pine trees. With water the wood influences as well as fresh fruits become even more prominent. It remains tingling your palate for minutes to come and the taste is there to stay. I’ll probably wake up with it tomorrow morning.

      Brag about it whatever you want. If you’ve tasted this one or maybe even had a bottle, it will give you the right to say ‘I was there’. Well: I was there and my god what a privilege this has been. I’m in love! This dram definitely infiltrated my top 5 best enjoyed whiskies ever.

  6. DimiIkon scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Blind Tasting: July 2021
    • Nose
      92 92
      A fantastic sherry nose! Rich of plums and raisins, chocolate and spices. The alcohol in good balance with the sweetness. A scent of polish, as well as a little oak character.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet raisins, sweet pepper and dark red wine character. Red berries and chocolate. Again, a fantastic balance between the fruit and the alcohol. A little bitterness from the oak wood makes the balance even better.
      With water, the chocolate comes more to the forefront. Sun-kissed raisins and dates. Heat. Dark berries and honey. Syrup.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Mature dates, both light and dark chocolate and some heat. Long finish! Sweet spices and again well balanced.

  7. dominikbraun scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Fascinating how a bottling that goes so much to extremes - very old, very dark - can bring about such a balance. After a short time, an old-matured sherry profile with juicy plums, raisins, chocolate-cherry cake, cinnamon and pepper is revealed. There are also woody notes, shoe polish, mint and jam. The alcohol is well integrated, carries the aromas well forward and blends in well with a complex and honest composition.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Powerful start, the whisky immediately fills the mouth. An interplay of dark fruits, blackberries, dark chocolate, intense spices, dry wood and sweet apples spreads out on the tongue, very oily and intense. The balance between fruitiness, wood influence and alcohol strength is remarkable. Top level.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The finish rounds off the described taste leisurely, again with dark chocolate, pepper, cinnamon and dates.

  8. Astrid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Adequately complex, but with minor disruptive elements. The oak has made a solid contribution, only in the aftertaste distillate and wood do not get along so well. For the full review, go here: https://halbendrinks.de/2022/01/30/gdpx/
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. whisky_knight scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    What a stunner! I’ve enjoyed some great GlenDronach Single Cask releases so far, but this GlenDronach 1990 Single Cask Bottling, aged for 28 Years in a Pedro Ximenez Puncheon (#7905) is a standout even amongst the other single casks.

    It starts with that inviting, balanced nose. The taste is even better, where it delivers not only the expected Pedro Ximenez cask influences like stewed figs, plums and raisins (and does it very well), but it evokes things like Tarte Bourdaloue (French Pear Tart), a very well integrated ABV (51.7%) that never burns and is barely noticeable. A wonderful mouthfeel, some dark chocolate and ancient library notes, and a long, smooth, even finish.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Unmistakable quality Pedro Ximenez Sherry from the start. Walnuts, figs, cacao, confit fig, plums, balanced. There is no alcohol burn on the nose even at 51.7% ABV. Excellent.

      Halfway through the bottle, Christmas cake notes appear. Cinnamon, cloves, cherry chocolate cake.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Gorgeous thick, oily mouthfeel. Tarte Bourdaloue (French Pear Tart), stewed figs, raisins. Plum jam. Christmas cake.

      Halfway through the bottle, luscious caramel, ancient library, dark chocolate. There’s very gentle ginger that appears by the mid-palate, but it’s almost barely there. Another incredibly balanced dram.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, Rick dark fruits, raisins. Leather-bound tomes, rich dark chocolate (80% cacao). Caramel, then more dark chocolate.

  10. LeBeavre scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Nose: Dark chocolate, orange confit, blueberries.

    Palette: Leather, dark chocolate, blueberry jam, spiced orange and syrup. Completely coats the mouth and flavour keeps coming.

    Finish: Very long finish, warm, cosy, balanced.

    Absolutely amazing dram, my all time favorite.

  11. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. Jimbeau scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  13. peterhorror scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    To much sulphur.

  14. John87 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

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