Glendronach 15-year-old Revival

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Sherry
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
11 Feb 2020 5:40 pm by TyndrumWhisky

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€ 68.24

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 15-year-old Revival

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.26 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The great Glendronach (Standard) Battle

    Glendronach 12-year-old Original (WB-ID: 171034)

    Nose: Light amber shimmers in the glass, a barely visible streak sticks to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter. Nutty with a hint of mandarins and oranges, roasted aromas and fine caramel, hints of milk chocolate and raisins. When you nosing again, nuts and a hint of menthol or mint appear ...

    Taste: The 12er flows thin and slightly tart over the tongue, sweetness flashes, sour cherries and mandarins appear minimally. Caramel, a hint of tart and dry cedar wood, nuances of citrus fruits and refreshing mint. The spiciness gently tickles the cheeks, while hazelnuts and apricots are pleasantly warm on the palate. With a fresh breeze and a hint of dried grapes and berries, the taste fades into the aftertaste.

    Finish: Slightly tart wood tones stick to the palate, steamed nuts and remains of yellow fruits, slightly greasy and wooden. The aftertaste fades away relatively quickly, mint and eucalyptus stick minimally on the tongue.

    Comment: Rather tender, milk chocolate dominates with nuts and slightly sour fruit aromas. The lightest in color, also the most unspectacular in terms of taste and nasal, easy drinking at its finest, nevertheless a tasty introduction to the standard Glendronach bottlings.

    22/22/22/21 (87P)

    These tasting notes and points awarded reflect my current personal impressions, are not representative and can be subject to fluctuations due to the daily form ...

    Glendronach 15-year-old Revival (WB-ID: 148824)

    Nose: More intense amber with a reddish touch, oily "legs" adorn the glass wall of my Premium Snifter. Creamy vineyard peach rises, hazelnuts and light wood, in the background are tangerines and apricots. Caramelized sugar, a hint of toffee and chocolate, the velvety vineyard peach is clearly evident. Nosing after approx. 15 minutes: caramel and sugar, vineyard peaches and apricots, hints of canned mandarins ...

    Taste: The first sip flows gently through the mouth, sugar and caramel, apricots and cherries, hazelnuts and spicy wood. Even with the revival, a refreshing cloud of mint, menthol and eucalyptus arises after a few moments. Hints of dried grapes and berries, zest of orange peel and crumbs of dark chocolate whet the appetite for more.

    Finish: hazelnuts and raisins stick to the palate, apricots and oranges, caramel and chocolate ... With fresh mint and a hint of menthol, the finish also fades away relatively quickly.

    Comment: Just like the 12, rather reserved and characterized by vineyard peaches, plus a wonderful nutty note. In any case an increase to the 12 (WB-ID: 171034)!

    22/22/22/22 (88P)

    These tasting notes and points awarded reflect my current personal impressions, are not representative and can be subject to fluctuations due to the daily form ...

    Glendronach 18-year-old Allardice (WB-ID: 127880)

    Nose: Reddish and intense amber rests in the Premium Snifter, thick and oily "legs" emerge from a syrupy streak. Raisins and dried fruits, sweet oranges and apricots, milk chocolate and a hint of sour cherries and currants. Edit: Dark fruits, sugar, chocolate, caramel and oranges beguile the nose ...

    Taste: Dark grapes and berries roll over the tongue, raisins and dates, sour cherries and currants, blackberries and tart wood tones flatter the tongue. Woody heat emerges gently, mentholic freshness pulls powerfully through the throat, zest of oranges and grapefruit fall on dark chocolate and espresso powder.

    Finish: dark sherry flavors stick to the palate, tart wood tones play with espresso and dark chocolate, hints of leather and tobacco emerge. the aftertaste lingers on the tongue and the palate for a long time.

    Comment: A top-class sherry malt! Dark and intense sherry flavors, compared to the just rusting Parliamnet (WB-ID: 127511) a class better. One of my favorite Glendornach, if even my favorite of the standard range! An absolutely gigantic PLV, although unfortunately the prices are also increasing ...

    23/23/22/22 (90P)

    These tasting notes and points awarded reflect my current personal impressions, are not representative and can be subject to fluctuations due to the daily form ...

    Glendronach 21-year-old Parliament (WB-ID: 127511)

    Nose: Reddish amber, but not as intense as the 18 year old Allardice (WB-ID: 127880), thick and oily "legs" make their long tracks on the glass wall. Fermented and dried berries, fruity sweetness with roasted hazelnuts, raisins and dark currants, hints of morello cherries and sour cherries. Caramel and toffee appear, a little bit of dark chocolate and hints of cold espresso. Nosing before the first sip: sweet and tart fruit notes, hazelnuts and chocolate, caramel and zest from orange peel ...

    Taste: Apricots and tangerines appear creamy and sweet on the tongue, caramel and toffee end in a pleasantly hot, dark and dried grapes and berries emerge. A hint of dark chocolate mixes with espresso and zest from citrus fruits, raisins and hazelnuts, followed by walnuts and spicy wood. Leather and tobacco are minimal.

    Finish: Fresh mint and eucalyptus with remnants of citrus fruits are refreshing through the palate, hazelnuts and walnuts, peach and apricots, followed by oranges and tart grapefruit, the intense aromas are remembered for a long time.

    Comment: Just like the Allardice just tasted (WB-ID: 127880) a great bottling, although this batch unfortunately does a little worse than the Allardice. The taste is not as intense and voluminous as usual, and the color is not as intense as the Allardice ...

    23/22/22/22 (89P)

    These tasting notes and points awarded reflect my current personal impressions, are not representative and can be subject to fluctuations due to the daily form ...

    The color scheme in the Premium Snifter runs from light to dark, the 12 looks the lightest, followed by the 15, the 21 is noticeably darker, with the 18 year old Allardice looking the most intense and darkest. The red color also increases in the same order ...
    The older, the better I like the Glendronachs that I just tasted, with the 18-year-old Allardice surpassing the older Parliament in nasal and taste. Here, too, there are unfortunately fluctuations in the filled batches, normally the 21 year old Parliament (in the standard range) is the measure of all things. A nice foray through the different age groups and bottlings was fun ;-)

  2. VanOpek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      delicate and sweet, creamy sweetness, oatmeal, nuts, dried fruit, figs, dates, raisins, strong sherry, spicy, deep
    • Taste
      86 86
      oak hints, pepper, spicy, dried fruit, sweet, chilli, bitter chocolate, rounded, smooth and full of flavour
    • Finish
      87 87
      intense, hints of pepper and oak, dried fruits, nutmeg, malty and warm, long and pleasant

  3. claymore84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 05-30-2021 in Baveno, Italy.

  4. Expraesi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    1524) The GlenDronach, 15YO, Revival (Batch 2019)
    An highly regarded G15 that disappeared from the market for a while, glad to see it coming back on, but of course now batched by another goodness nose.
    • Nose
      N- Sharp polish floral and citrus, contrasted with farm-y and soft oak resinous. Flow of milky chocolate in the middle. Burnt orange caramel with solid oak fragrant, get a wee 'green' at the tail. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Initial touch of savouriness on the tip of tongue. Generous waves of oak's sweetness and spiciness that surfs perfectly together. Grassy and liquorice filled, nutmeg, dehydrated lemon, orange, leather and green nuts. Rich flavour swims effortlessly on the medium texture. (90/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, outstanding finish, even richer than palate. Lovely mint, premium after eight, pleasantly dry nutmeg, waxy dried fruits and herbs. All these with hints of farminess whirling at the back. Lasting oak, raisins and oak phenol drifting on and on. (93/23)

      B/B- 91/22 From nose to tail, it went off without a hitch.

      Weighted Rate- 88pt

  6. stnlskz scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Meaning "the valley of the brambles" in Gaelic, the GlenDronach distillery was founded by James Allardice in 1826, and is located in eastern Speyside.

    It enjoyed a strong reputation between the end of the 19th century and the 1960s, before falling into anonymity following its takeover by the group William Teacher & Son. So much so that the group's parent company decided to close it in 1996. It will reopen in 2002, after its takeover by Pernod Ricard.

    The distillery is experiencing a real renaissance with its takeover by The BenRiach Distillery Company in 2008. This 15 years old GlenDronach, missing since the end of the 90s, has been able to come back to the fore. It was named "Revival", in tribute to this rebirth.

    This Revival has aged for fifteen years in barrels of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez. It is dressed in a deep gold, with amber reflections which are magnificent witnesses of its maturation.

    But if it was just that ... Revival, it's an intoxicating nasal journey. The whole is nicely scented. First woody, it evolves towards typically "sherry" notes (coffee, new leather, chocolate). Then emerges a malty smell, and aromas of cherry and caramel. The marriage of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez is an idyll.

    And this idyll expresses its intensity with the tasting. This Revival slides over the palate. After an attack on coffee and almonds, the wood beckons me, and gives way to beautiful spicy (pepper, nutmeg) and spicy aromas, with a hint of tobacco. Before swallowing it, it becomes vanilla and chocolate.

    Then, an absolutely silky finish. First cereal, then it is herbaceous and finally lemony. The retro-olfaction is woody, and it ends with a hint of custard.

    If this Revival is a witness to the rebirth of GlenDronach, it is also the witness of a birth: that of my crush on this distillery.


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