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Glendronach 18-year-old Allardice

Overall rating
90.00/100
votes
58
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
25/26.06.2019
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LN11286
Barcode
5060088791691
Added on
26 Nov 2019 9:55 am by fanwad
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 123.34

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 18-year-old Allardice

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.00 points

  1. Flou scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    This Glendronach Allardice was bottled in summer 2019 and is 24 years old, even if the number 18 can be read on the label. This has to do with the fact that the distillery was closed for a few years. From 2020 the Allardice will be 18 years old again ... one more reason to try the 2019 version. With a wonderfully dark color, the whisky lies in the glass and I reminisce. About 8-9 years ago I had my last Glendronach Allardice and was very enthusiastic. Let's see if the Glendronach can convince me again this time.

    A wonderful fruitiness flows from the glass with dark fruits like ripe cherries, boiled plums, raisins ... combined with lighter fruits like Granny Smith apples, currants and a few drops of lime juice. The fruitiness is complemented by a very pleasant sweetness, thoughts of jam and a little honey buzz in my head. The Oloroso barrels provide a great spiciness that lies gently over the sweet fruits. Dark chocolate with pepper and well integrated tannins from the barrels provide a counterpoint. A touch of menthol cools the nose and in the background a very fine note is noticeable, which reminds me of sweet pastries. The flavors can convince me ... and I keep my fingers crossed that it will go on in the mouth just as great.

    The 46% are well chosen here, the whisky has a pleasant start. Plum jam and raisins take up the mouth, but are quickly degraded to a supporting role by a strong spiciness with a lot of pepper, a little ginger, a hint of leather, tobacco and espresso. The Allardice is much more spicy in the mouth than in the nose, even if the fruitiness no longer plays the main role, it remains present throughout. The fruits are not as sweet this time as in the nose. I no longer have an association of jam, it is rather a dry, spicy fruitiness, as you know it from many Olorosa ripening. But everything is very pleasant and tasty. Nevertheless, I have to say here that the spiciness is too dominant compared to the role in smelling. But that's complaining at a high level!

    The finish is medium long with pepper, some ginger, a hint of cinnamon ... and again with plum jam, raisins and the tannins of the barrels with a subtle leather and wood note. A great finish that could be a little longer. But that leads to another sip.

    A great whisky! It doesn't always have to be a single cask, there are some whiskys from the standard range of distilleries that can really convince. And at Glendronach you can't go wrong with the 15, 18 or 21! These are all great whiskys and fans of sherry barrel maturation should have tried all three of these Glendronachs. Even if the prices have increased in recent years: here you get something for the money!

    I give 90/100 points. A great whisky that is definitely worth the money!
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  2. lovernanako scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    highest price/performance whisky I’ve had, expect the 2019 bottlings price to go up when the 2020 ones are out.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sweet, warm & rich. Sweet raisins in syrup, rich dark treacle toffee, some cherry & plum jams. Some sweeter stone fruits, apricot & peach, and some red apple. A little flaky buttery dessert pastry as well.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Rich & spicy, considerably drier than the nose though. More of that stone fruit and dessert pastry, plus the raisins and plum jam, but not sweetened now. Some burnt coffee grounds and spicy, soft oak.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Medium length. Still spicy oak, with cinnamon, clove and a little ginger. Then the treacle and raisins return, plus some more buttery pastry, a dry, rich sherry, bitter dark chocolate and light tannins.

  3. dramark scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    In a glass for a long time and still a great whisky and despite the price increase it is worth the money.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Nose: Oloroso sherry of the finest, dark fruits such as black ripe cherries, fruit compote, dried fruits, chocolate, dark honey,
    • Taste
      91 91
      Mouth: aroma bomb especially fruits and sherry, strong but very pleasant, the good (expensive) chocolate hazelnut cream on fresh white bread, plum must with large pieces
    • Finish
      93 93
      Finish: long, sweet, warm and pleasant, with kind regards from the sherry barrel

  4. Dram_Matiker scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A great sherry whisky that is much older than the specified 18 years. Great aroma, great taste, great finish. It wasn't the last bottle.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sherry, vanilla, plum, caramel, elegant and soft on the nose.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sherry, sweetness, caramel, also some pepper and wood; dark fruits, raisins, dates, chocolate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      At first a little hotter and with oak, but sherry and sweetness come very quickly. Long finish.

  5. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A little different from older bottlings, but still a great sherry whisky at a nice price
    • Nose
      89 89
      Surprisingly, a slight smoky note that other co-tasters noticed was repeated. Otherwise sherry, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, plenty of everything.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The smoky note no longer comes into play here and there are lush sherry and fruit flavors, if not as opulent as in older bottlings. But you don't do anything wrong with this whisky either.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long finish with a lot of chocolate and sherry on the palate. Overall, very soft and balanced.

  6. Svarttt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Still a great whisky, although for me it has lost a lot in the nose compared to older Allardice bottlings.
    I notice nothing of the smoke notes mentioned here. But assume that it is the barrel influence of the older barrels.
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    • Finish
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  7. Mapl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. dabaicai scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Shirley barrel has a very charming floral and fruity scent, full strength of alcohol and smooth taste, and the end rhyme is sweet and long.

  9. Mordeth scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. the_muskox scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    I don’t think it quite lived up to the hype, but it’s a great whisky regardless. I love the rich cane-sugar/demerara sweetness in the middle. I’d imagine this version is oakier than younger bottlings, as the age is definitely noticeable. It also suffers a bit from being bottled at 46%. Still, the flavours are rich, the mouthfeel is nice, and the finish is good and long. I think it beats out competitors like Glengoyne 18, Macallan 18, or Bunnahabhain 18. Though, given how much older this “18-year-old” whisky is than those others, it might not be such a fair comparison…

    Nose: Dark, dusty, and juicy. Some sherry tartness, citrus peels, maraschino cherries, and the driest of dried fruit. Dark-roast coffee grounds, cloves, vanilla, browned butter, toffee, and lots of cocoa powder. Well-worn leather. Chocolate-chip banana bread.

    Palate: Medium texture. Rich oloroso up front, not as sweet as expected. More spice-forward: black pepper, cinnamon, clove, and cocoa powder. Vanilla-poached pears and baked apples. Unexpected tropical fruit sweetness down the middle: vanilla, coconut, demerara sugar. Some old, musty oak appears on the development. Rich pipe tobacco, a hint of smoked meat, leather furniture, and dark chocolate on the back end.

    Finish: Medium-long. Musty oak mingles with cane-sugar cola, crystallized pineapple, rum-raisin ice cream, vanilla, and dark chocolate ganache. There’s even a bit of peat smoke.

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