Glendronach Cask Strength

Overall rating
84.76/100
votes
145
Whiskybase ID
WB145765
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch 9
Bottled
2020
Casktype
Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
59.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LP31069
Barcode
5060716141317
Added on
01 jan 2020 11:00 pm by der.schubi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 87.57

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Whisky reviews for Glendronach Cask Strength

33 users have left 34 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.76 points.

  1. Lorion scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I like the whisky but Glendronach has much more to offer. 83 points.
    • Nose
      Strong, a fruit basket, sweet. hints of nut.
    • Taste
      Fruit salad with peeled almonds. sparkling. water is good.
    • Finish
      Medium length, an interplay of sweetness and dryness.

  2. Drum scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A whisky of contrasts. A flower around the front and thorns around the back... But that's often the case with flowers and roses. You have to approach it slowly and then you can have fun with it and enjoy it.
    • Nose
      Sweet floral hand soap and women's perfume are my first associations. Sherry and sweet pastries take a back seat. Ewa's water blooms roses and lots of flowers and I think of those little flower pillows that used to be put in the laundry.
    • Taste
      Not quite like the nose, it's getting rougher. My mouth is tingling and I need to find the right water ratio. But then I also have sherry, turnip greens and fine leather.
    • Finish
      Warm, tobacco and tart wood tones. It ends up becoming astringent and oaky dry. After a slight afterburn it's over... no, there's another marzipan ball!

  3. kofima scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Andytka3 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    1714) The GlenDronach, Cask Strength, Batch 9
    B4-88pt / B5-87pt / B6-85pt / B7=86pt / B8-84pt / B9=?
    • Nose
      N- Bottled at about 2% lower compare to the B8, but still clocked at a robust 59.4% for this batch to pleased all the ABV chaser. At this strength, if water are not desire, then breathing time is essential. Naturally sharp, young and very dusty at first sniff that tickling the nasal. Patiently roll out the tang-y ripe plum and berries notes. Settling down well and quintessential dronach-y richness emerge....on unexpected floral sphere, well kept on not being soapy, the supposedly feint notes lay on perfectly for the fruity characters to ski on. It says only PX and Olorosso were selected in this vat, but it developed into some kind of brightness, some pale Manzanilla in it? One will feel disappointed, if to expect a bold dark GD from this batch. But I feel that the delicate floral, ginger flower and dried basil and nutty scents gave a good variation on this staple batch release. A young malt that quite finely "beef" up. (88/22)
    • Taste
      P- Burst of sweet, young maltiness, an 'ok' sulphuric drift by, rubbery but well lay off with rich brew coffee and chocolate. Abundance of dried white fruit, apricot, peach, orange and roasted peeled nuts. (87/21)
    • Finish
      F- Long, as the aroma, despite more PX, but glad it doesn't tasted too PX, always of the bright side, thought young, but well ripen, tasty and lasting cherries linger at the back of throat. (87/21)

      B/B- 88/22

      Weighted Rate- 86pt

  5. Cipidos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. FeydRautha scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Joonie scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    The worst bottle of Glendronach.

    Sulfur note is dominant.
    There are grapefruit note, chocolate note but sulfur note ruins those all.

    For me, a drop of water couldn't make this whisky better.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Sulfur, Sulfur, Sulfur, rubber, grapefruit
    • Taste
      70 70
      Sulfur, Sulfur, Sherry, Rubber, Grilled mushroom, Dried Fruit, A bit citrus
      Full body.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Sweet dried fruit and woody

  8. DannyHill scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      oak, woody, orchard fruit, raisins, sherry, dry, well matured
    • Taste
      87 87
      full bodied, sweet, lively spices, cinnamon, touch of mint, light toffee, honey, cocoa
    • Finish
      86 86
      ginger, spicy, dry, lightly tongue numbing, lightly nutty

  9. TheRidgeBack scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    The dram isn't bad, but it's not good either. The alcohol is not well integrated. Even with water out of round. There is a lack of harmony.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Sweetness, caramel, toffee, cocoa
      Dark fruits
      oak seasoning
      Alcohol noticeable
      Curry cinnamon
    • Taste
      79 79
      Sweet
      fruit orange
      Seasoning builds up
      alcohol pushes
    • Finish
      79 79
      dark chocolate
      Slight dryness
      Some pepper

  10. ALucchini scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    An interesting dram: quite powerful and intense, not always perfectly balanced, but very lively and entertaining. Alcohol is quite well controlled, not overwhelming despite the high abv
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sulphur (burning matches), red fruits, spirited cherries, burnt caramel, overcooked toasted bread, slightly burnt brioche, raisins, dried figs, jam, cotton candy. Very faint, distant meaty notes. Some alcohol.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Alcohol bite with peppery notes, sherry, dried red fruits with a bit of acidity, sulphur again leading to toasted - burnt sugar, dried plums, dates, raisins. Bitter spices emerge towards the end of the sip, cutting the rich “burnt” sweetness, slight astringency
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, quite intense, bitter spices (like over infused black tea), a bit of alcohol, sherry, and a mix of honey, sulphur fruit and wine that recalls some raisin wines

  11. KB201 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 9 matured in Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The founder of the distillery was a pioneer in barrel aging. The bottlings of the Cask Strength series are filled in different batches in cask strength.

  12. valasios scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  13. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  14. Svjatogor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    n: berries, salt caramel!, fruity, chips, caramel, vanilla, old wood, dark notes, raisins, sultanas, hint of nutmegs
    t: sweet, sultanas, fruit sirup, malt
    a: warming & rewarding, chocolate, nuts, oak, sherry

  15. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 84 points Shoplink Moderator

    Evaluated in a blind tasting of 8 ex-sherry samples. For me, she finished in third place, otherwise she was first overall (69 judges). I guessed correctly Glendronach Cask Strength.

    The aroma is very pleasant, raisins and dates. After adding water Linen dough and walnuts with sugar. Strong in taste, alcoholic. Roks log. After adding water better and drinkable. Citrus peel and caramel cream. In the finish, bitter after adding water. I noted: Not bad, but only after adding water.

  16. Thermidor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    It's nice enough neat, but adding some water seems to put this one out of tune and reveal how young the majority of the distillate in it must be. More a made whisky than a matured one.
    • Nose
      A fruity start with apples and oloroso sherry in a condensed, monotone note. Raisins, and the distinct smell of young Glendronach distillate. Water makes it candied, peary, melon-y, with a side of wet varnish.
    • Taste
      Spicy and oddly easy on the tongue for its 59%. Demerara sugar, raisins, dried dark fruit bits from those dried fruit mix bags. Upon swallowing I finally find the alcohol, and it does sting a bit. I guess the casks were damping it down on entry. Water opens it up but doesn't develop it much. I really think this mix could use more older casks to even it out.
    • Finish
      Booziness comes through here. Then an entire rack of christmas spices, and an odd herbal salt note I'm not familiar with in Glendronach. Water makes it sweeter and fruitier, but that bitter salty note still stays.

  17. thijs100 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    This is disappointing, especially on the nose.
    • Nose
      Notes of burnt caramel and scorched plastic, as well as buttermilk. This is not a good start. Where are the luscious sherry aromas? Sure, there are slivers of strawberry and cherries, but it's all very thin. Then some nutty aromas that I more associate with the short fermented Inchgower spirit. It noses immature.
    • Taste
      It's modern, young sherry-matured whisky, but far from the best example. The mouthfeel is somewhat oily. Touches of white pepper alongside a sweet arrival. Whiffs of plum and candied fruits, but also liquorice and burnt toast. A faint chemical, plastic note.
    • Finish
      Slightly floral and somewhat sweet. A tad brackish. Medium in length.

  18. whisky_garage scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: Biting, tart. Sulfur, rubber band, dead matches, creamy notes, limestone, tea and tobacco notes. Over time, sulfur, matches, lime leave, but they do not burn.
    Taste: Spicy, sweetish. Creamy motives, spices, dried fruits, rubber band.
    Finish: Longer than average, sweetish. Creamy notes, dried fruits, spices, wood.
    Conclusion: To be honest, there are simply no words about what happened????, whether the quality has dropped or the concept has changed, I don’t know, but there is no desire to return to the CS series. Against the background of batch 9, batch 2 is the nectar of the gods, which you want to drink and drink.

  19. elipszis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      sherry
      walnut
      oily
      winter spices
      almond
    • Taste
      89 89
      walnut
      sherry
      dronach style can be felt
      raisin
      mint
      wooy
      salty
    • Finish
      88 88
      sherry
      chocolate
      clove
      alcohol is felt
      medium lenght

  20. Volker Gude scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    Maggi, sulfur, burning, dry, not recommended.

  21. Malan scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Maggi, Maggi, Maggi - GD on the way to insignificance, a shame !!

  22. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Easy to drink after adding water. Batch 1 and 4 remain unmatched.

  23. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Derufus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  25. Lcluy scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  26. Ninofdram scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. sphinx scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  28. seanrussell scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Appearance: Medium amber. Thin & fast oily legs.

    Nose: Quite a deep and “chewy” sherry nose at the fore. Burnt toffee, brown sugar, followed by a freshly opened packet of Jelly Babies and a box of nutty milk chocolates. There’s also a faint chemical plastic scent in the background.

    Palate: Initially, the delivery is quite hot with peppery-tingling alcohol, but it calms down and immediately shifts to a sweet & oily mouthfeel. There’s also a slightly salty element that reminds me of Shaoxing cooking wine. Youth is jostling with more aged whiskies here. In the final waves, there’s a background rubbery, plasticised element and something else I can’t quite put my finger on… dried mushrooms?

    Finish: Long, sweet and thick. But that mushroom taste is not going away, and it’s also now joined by faint raw white cabbage after a minute or two.

    With water… Lighter and floral on the nose, fruitier on the palate. Much lighter all-round on the finish.

    Conclusion: I tried this sample over 3 days to make sure I was sure, but I’m torn with this one. There are elements I really like, but there are also elements that I really don’t liken (brine, plastic, mushroom, cabbage) 15 minutes after writing this review, and the strange aftertaste is still there.
    I won’t be rushing out to buy a bottle of this. Possibly the poorest bottle in the Cask Strength series so far for me.

  29. Tallyortoby scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Nose: dry Oloroso, moist wood, toffee, sweet dry raisins
    Mouth: dry Oloroso sherry, badly integrated woodiness, a hint of caramel and toffee, a slight sharpness of the alcohol
    Length: medium short

    With water
    Nose: a very big unpleasant whiff of sulfur, wood, dry Oloroso
    Mouth: a little smoother, still badly integrated wood, a certain sweetness from the toffee notes
    Length: Medium short which is untypical for Glendronach

    From the entire range this will be a bit better than the 7 but a large drop from the 8

  30. Stobk scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    Fruit and sherry in nose.
    Fruit, sherry and harsh in mouth.
    Short aftertaste.

  31. Stobk scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    Fruit and sherry in nose.
    Fruit, sherry and harsh in mouth.
    Short aftertaste.

  32. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  33. MasterMork scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  34. Nik60 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

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