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Glendronach 1989

Overall rating
92.53/100
votes
70
Whiskybase ID
WB136594
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Kingsman Edition
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
29 years old
Casktype
Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Casks
Number of bottles
3052
Strength
50.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
09 Aug 2019 12:12 pm by error112
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2035.06

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1989

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.53 points

  1. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Stunning stuff. Big powerful sherry, dark colour, mesmerizing nose but the palate is complex and showing good vigor.
    Its not overoaked or too old. Perfect balance
    Well Done, Dr. Rachel Barrie
    • Nose
      Dried fruits, I'm getting dates and raisins. Notes of soft spice with a touch of nuttiness. A little soy sauce appears with manuka honey.
      With time plums appear with a slight orange citrus edge. Becoming berry rich, a bowl of red and black berries on a varnished table.
    • Taste
      Bite of spice, warm cinnamon with fruit cake soaked in treacle. Soft oak appears adding depth, its slightly woody but not bitter. Some hoisin sauce notes coming through, its slightly dry with some woodiness creeping in.
    • Finish
      Sweet dried fruits, soft varnished oak with a coating of leather.

  2. RoKa scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    An incredibly fruity and complex whisky - from start to finish simply GREAT - that you should have drunk once - a great barrel was chosen. The best Glendronach I've ever had in my glass :-)) ... if only it weren't for the price ....

  3. amvox scored this whisky 98 points Newbie

    The colour is a deep amber brown and the nose is immediately rich and nutty. Dark dried fruits, especially raisins and figs, mingle with robust wood spices. There are also heavy aromas of dark chocolate and dried orange. Underneath is a hint of jammy blackberry compote.

    On the palate this whisky is robust, viscous and rich. Heavy wood notes combine with dark dried fruit notes - imagine raisins, figs, currants - to give a syrupy and mouth coating feel. These wood notes are then joined by warming baking spices. These characteristics are all underpinned with further notes of molasses, treacle, orange oil and high cocoa dark chocolate. It is deep, complex and full-on.

    The finish is extremely long and warming. The sweeter elements, particularly the dried fruits and molasses notes, fade to allow the bitter, woody, nutty and spicy characteristics the opportunity to shine. A pleasant hint of orange oil, dark chocolate and cocoa coming through later on.

  4. tmb815 scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/glendronach/glendronach-1989-kingsman-edition/

    by whiskynote:92

  5. Dom2910 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Nose: sherry, sherry and even more sherry. ahhhh there comes something, oh no, even more sherry: smile: joking aside. So if you are looking for sherry heaven somewhere, you will definitely find it here. Dark, boiled-down berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, gooseberries, cherries) pair wonderfully with musty leather, an old wine cellar, caramelized nuts, dates and raisins. The musty leather goes away after a few minutes and lets a fresh mint through, very cool, reminiscent of some old whisky from the 70s. You can slowly recognize the spicy character in the background with cranbarrys. What will the palate say? I'm curious!

    On the tongue: surprisingly soft, full-bodied, caramel, nougat pralines, sweet, candied ginger, spicy and creamy, boiled oranges, and a hint of plum jam. Then there are nuts, dark chocolate, slight hints of liquorice, but the wood is not too noticeable, amazing! The second time I try it, there are even tropical hints, I have a long-ripened, sweet pineapple and spice cake. Mega.

    Finish: Forever long, a mixture of nut chocolate and white coffee. I like the dram very much, even as a Glendronach fan I would like to think that Rachel has conjured up something fabulous here. Definitely better (personal opinion) than like Batch 10 and Batch 8, I first have to compare whether it can get to Batch 9, I keep a little aside from the dram, but from memory I prefer Batch 9.

    Is it worth it in terms of price? That is up to you! It's always cool, but also expensive!

  6. beleduardo scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Full whisky, nice long finish

  7. Seanzhang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

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