Glendronach 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.63/100
votes
87
Whiskybase ID
WB161417
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Allardice
Bottled
01.06.2020
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LP11174
Barcode
5060088791691
Added on
03 jul 2020 2:39 pm by tommy12
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 131.78

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87 × member ratings

314 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glendronach 18-year-old

17 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.63 points.

  1. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    For me it is still a benchmark for modern sherry cask maturation
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  3. VEF206 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  4. DistiLesha scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very complex, multifaceted and deep sweet aroma.

    23 22 22 22
    • Nose
      Chocolate dried apricots, raisins, dates, chocolate, ginger, pastries, cognac vanilla and apricots, burning pepper and spice, light woody and mineral notes, plum jam, malt tones, a little bit of rubber cork.
      Phenols in the form of light sulfur content and dry foliage.
    • Taste
      Raisins, grape tannins, chocolate, apricot, coffee with cream, malt tones, ferrous water, sherry sulphur, dry leaves, raw mushrooms
      Sweetness 7 out of 10
    • Finish
      Raisins, tannins, a little bitterness of almonds and a slight dryness.
      Quite long, turning into sourness of licorice

  5. VEF206 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Hsh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    The character of dried fruits like cranberries with a straight, slightly mushy sherry flavor and stimulation. Interesting, intense and delicious, but not very complex. Still, the jam-like taste is quite tasty when you need stimulation.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Will_iam scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. yarikovsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. MLE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. wombata scored this whisky 82 points Newbie

    Initial impressions after being opened for a month.

    Nose: Mix of ripe tree fruit both fresh and dried, dry woody sherry, sweet vanilla, and toffee.

    Flavor: Dried tree fruit, honey, dry sherry, wood.

    Comment: I need to give this more time--so far it shows little resemblance to earlier versions that I've tried in that it is drier, woodier, and without the same degree of richness in flavor and body and has yet to reveal chocolate and fig notes that I associate with earlier versions. Though not a bad whisky at all, it's disappointing compared to the 2017 and 2018 versions. If it opens up, I'll re-review it and change my score. For now, I'll give it an 82 and will seek out older bottles.

    Two months later:

    The aroma seems to have opened up--I get rich chocolate, caramel, and sherry which is followed by dried fruit.

    On the palate, it is still medium-light in body, not rich like the Billy Walker and 2019 bottlings. Pleasant flavors of dried fruit and restrained sherry. Both the nose and palate are a little woodier than earlier versions, though this is not unpleasant. It is not a bad whisky by any means, but I suspect that both older AND 1st fill sherry casks are being held back for other bottlings. At this point, I think it is an 84-85, mainly because the aroma is quite good.

    4 months after opening:

    Basically, this is hotter, has less depth, and has a shorter finish than the 2019 bottling. RIP Glendronach 18 Allardice? I may give the 2021 version a try, but for now buy the 2019 and earlier.

  12. Danlow scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The 2020 version fits into the tradition of the Glendronach 18 Allardice. For me it is therefore still the benchmark for mature Oloroso sherry whisky bottlings in the area of standards. It is a whisky that fulfills all the clichés of old, complex Oloroso sherry whiskys. Here you can associate (smell and taste) almost everything with what defines these whiskys.
    I have already emptied one bottle from 2018 and two bottles from 2019 in the past. I can hardly tell a difference to the 2019 bottlings, even if I remember them better - perhaps with half a point difference. Sometimes this may also be due to the fact that the bottles of the Allardice get better (more complex) over time (oxygen). I assume it is still the old stick from the distillery. The color and the almost no difference in taste compared to the 2019's give clues to this. Therefore, the prices for such an old drop are justified. You can (still) access it without hesitation.

    Now my conclusion on June 10th, 2021 after the bottle was 80 percent empty:
    The 90 points are justified, as with the versions from 18 and 19. He got better over time, as usual! I still have a bottle of 20 in the closet, as well as two of the 19 and 18.
    Compared to the 19, I couldn't find any relevant difference. The 18'er is something different, but not better or worse for me. The 18'er demands more attention and is even more reminiscent of an old, musty whisky. The 20'er is like the 19'er - despite the old material - a somewhat more modern sherry board and thus less complicated and therefore sometimes more pleasant to drink.

  13. Teresa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  14. adriank scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    I was waiting for this to get my hands on it. As I remembered that was a sweet and almost cloying dram. I like sweet things.

    Therefore I had expected something else. This is a wonderful dram to have in your inventory, and complex enough to justify the price of it.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Intense but not strong alcohol, immediately chocolate and marzipan. Sherry notes, flowery, blossomy freshness. The smell of late spring - interesting in this flavour profile.
      Oak, nutmeg, cherry, stone fruits, woodspice.
      Hint at men's cologne: sandalwood(?), leather.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, but not overly sweet. Marzipan, cherry, bit of earth, baking spices, earthy pepper. Dry nuts.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long, rounded with cherry note, demerara syrup.

  15. tester1277 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Due to the lack of PX barrels, not as fruity and also drier than the 12 year old.
    • Nose
      More alcoholic and stronger than the 12 year old. Dark fruits, fruity, apple, oak
    • Taste
      fruity, soft, oak, does not burn as much as the 12-year-old
    • Finish
      short finish, oak

  16. SuperNode scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

  17. tommy12 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Here is a first impression of a comparative tasting with the Allardice on March 13, 2018.

    The 2018 is slightly lighter, but still has a great color. The scent of both fillings is a dream (sherry, raisins, sweetness), although the 2018er seems a bit more intense. The 2020 smells of ripe banana and looks a little sweeter. It has a wonderful taste, although the 2018 one looks a little more complex. It has a slightly longer finish, a bit more fruitiness (dark fruits) and also very slight bitterness, which makes it more interesting and is wonderfully integrated. A total of two bottlings on a really very high level. ME there are currently no other 18 year old standards of similar good quality. The batches differ unexpectedly clearly. I would clearly prefer the 2018 one.
    06/01/2020 - 88P
    03/13/2018 - 91P

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