Glendronach 15-year-old

Overall rating
86.82/100
votes
54
Whiskybase ID
WB144974
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Revival
Bottled
30.05.2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Sherry
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LN31247
Barcode
5060399687287
Added on
21 dec 2019 11:54 pm by schengel10
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 87.48

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Whisky reviews for Glendronach 15-year-old

13 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.82 points.

  1. dominikbraun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I've opened the bottle for over a year and the whisky seems to have benefited from the oxygen. It also doesn't hurt to give it a little time in the glass.

    All in all, an excellent whisky with an almost perfect barrel composition. Whether you prefer the old or the new version is a matter of personal taste - for me they are on an equal footing in terms of craftsmanship.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Apricots, sweet mandarins, cherries, figs, raspberry tarts, espresso beans, beeswax candles, fine spices. The aroma reveals how well-balanced Oloroso and PX barrels are.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Juicy-sweet citrus fruits, plum jam, sweet pastries, nutmeg, cappuccino, cherry cake and some oak. A great interplay on the palate between sweet fruits, tart chocolate notes and spices.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Drying yellow and red fruits, oak, espresso and some herbs.

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  3. Bembel scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Preliminary information on my award of points:
    I rate my Whisky's Privat on a scale of ten
    ( XX.X of 10.0 )!
    • Nose
      Juicy fruits (dark), nutty, slightly sweet, some spice.
      Light fruits join later.
    • Taste
      Full, Ripe, Sweet, Coffee/Mocha, Oak, Vanilla, Leather, Cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Medium length, spicy, chocolate.

  4. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. domani scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very fine and balanced whisky. Sweetness and fruit are absolutely harmonious and the barrel delivers a lively flavor - 10/30/2021
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very fruity and sweet, orange peel, orange oil, banana, plum, purple grape, raisin, apple strudel, fine roasted aromas, roasted nuts, fine sherry notes, leather, tobacco
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet, aromatic and extremely spicy, malt bread, orange zest, raspberry, slightly ethereal, brown sugar, maple syrup, ginger
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length, fruity, ginger tea, little bitterness, nougat

  6. MLE scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 2ndSip scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    it needs enough time to unfold, then a variety of aromas arrives in the nose that one does not often come across in 15-year-olds.

    Here the sherry barrels have done a great job - new version of the 15 or not. Folks, let the past be the past; mourning old times doesn't get you any further; the times change, the barrels change, the blenders and master distillers change. A comparison with old versions may seem logical, but just accept the new versions as they are. If you can't stand it, you will surely find an alternative at Glenallachie in the future.
    [91 - 87 = extremely tasty -> get yourself a second bottle]
    • Nose
      92 92
      heavy sherry aromas, carried by many spices and herbs (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove (oil), oregano / Italian herbs, lovage) and sweet heather.
      On the fruit side, in addition to pickled raisins, plums and dark cherries, aromas of fruity oranges can be heard.
      Over time, also sweet notes of caramel and toffee, but also acacia and blossom honey, which brings a certain bitter and floral note.
      The European oak barrels bring a whole load of spices with them.
      With a little imagination, nut flavors (macadamia, Brazil nuts, roasted hazelnuts) appear, but far in the background.
      Cream mocha chocolate.
    • Taste
      89 89
      gentle approach, sherry tones, spices, creamy mouthfeel, light maltiness. The seasoning is delayed, but remains on the tongue for a long time.
      The fruit aromas do not come into play at first. Instead, a bitter dark chocolate comes to the fore, with a slight oak bitterness, but it still works.
      Second sip: sweeter, fruity, the fruit and oranges are now more effective, the spices are a little less, but are still present.
      Unbelievably complex, feels much older than 15 years because of the whole load.
    • Finish
      87 87
      long-lasting seasoning and spices that stick to the palate. Dark chocolate remains for a long time.

  8. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. riegerjonas scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    2020-08-18
    • Nose
      84 84
      Marzipan, light oak, tart orange, blood orange, light sweetness
    • Taste
      85 85
      light oak, slightly earthy
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Gråmantel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Was nothing special in the beginning but after a couple of months of airing it became really nice. With a third of the bottle left, I tested it with one of the "old revival" from 02/26/2015 and it held up really well.

  12. Kaleva scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This is a new version, which was criticized a lot being compared to the old one. So my curiosity was quite on top when I tasted a sample. And a short bottom line: a big disappointment. New version is flat, tad unbalanced, spirity on the nose and shows nothing of those things people were saying about the old version. Just an ordinary sherried whisky, nothing really special
    • Nose
      Spirituous, slightly buttery, fresh dark plums, sour orchard berries (gooseberry, red currant), malty notes, orange zest, cloves and caramel notes, roasted almonds, wet wood, some grass. After a while appear dried cherries and raisins.
    • Taste
      Slightly sweet, dried fruits (raisins, figs), orange marmalade, burnt caramel, malty noted, dried herbs, liquorice, leathery and woody notes, some heavy spices
    • Finish
      Medium-long, leathery, dry tobacco, light oaky bitterness, a nuty touch

  13. Lakerfield scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    To start, a very good whisky really. The sherry is nicely integrated and the combo of PX and Oloroso casks is well executed, and I'm not that big of a fan of Glendronach on PX. Some minor notes only that didn't click with me, isn't it that he shares the exact same name of a now almost gone but legendary bottling.. Which is not fair to a loyal fanbase. It's different spirit, vatted at the hand of a different recipe and master blender. The old Revival had the advantage of older stock too, which was a wonderful move marketing wise. So, my expectations weren't that high and I must say that I'm disappointed and pleasantly surprised at the same time. The past is behind us and I don't have that many of the older Revival left.. Which is sad. On the other hand, this is a fine dram on its own and I can imagine this being an eye-opener for those who haven't had the privilege of drinking the old Revival. Honestly, I would secure a few of these if they were on discount. The thought of 35-40 euro's for a superb 15yo still chases me!
    • Nose
      Fruity and sticky sweet. Much intenser sherried than the 12 year old. We've got orange peel, apricot, overripe banana, plum and blueberry. That leads to caramel, milk chocolate, custard, glazed donut and sultana. Further on ginger, honey, pistacchio, walnut, pork chop and something musty like an old basement. I was hoping for a deja-vu, sadly that isn't the case. Emotions aside, a very solid nose with an equal PX to Oloroso ratio.
    • Taste
      As sweet as the nose suggested with some dry Oloroso mixed in, a little tart but very jammy. Blood orange, apricot, raisin, banana, mango and citrus. Also dark chocolate, caramel, orange marmalade, sultana and licorice. Further some notes of ginger, vanilla, oak, leather, balsamic vinegar and a little bitter, grainy note in the back. This would be top-notch if it wasn't so tart, makes it feel thinner overall.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Fairly dry with citrus, caramel, grain cereal and mint.

  14. Marcel74 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    46% not noticeable ... one of the best 15 year olds
    • Nose
      Sherry, Dark Chocolate, Oranges, Walnut, Caramel, Vanilla, strong fragrance
    • Taste
      apricots, figs, black cherries, chocolate, coffee, mocha Hmmmm thick juice .. so full and rich
    • Finish
      Long, honey, bitters, dark chocolate Dry, oak, sherry fruit, maybe peat (from the barrel) and lots of tannins

  15. Svarttt scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

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