Glendronach 1971

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Batch 2
Stated Age
39 years old
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
48.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Jul 2010 10:30 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 5181.51

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123 × member ratings

104 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1971

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.40 points

  1. p4blo scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    I was expecting greatness and this one delivered fully. I love it.
    • Nose
      Deep sherry notes with old leather and furniture polish, dusty bookshelves, a touch of wood, old rum, raisins, pralines. Orange zest is all over the place, wonderful notes of Christmas cake and tons of berries, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, you name it. Very nice notes of maracuja too.
    • Taste
      Very condensed, oily, thick, you can almost cut it into slices. The richness and complexity is overwhelming, cherry liqueur, quality coffee, tons of slightly smoked or burnt dark fruits - prunes, dates, figs, all kinds of berries again. Wow!
    • Finish
      Long with intense notes of juicy blackberries, blackcurrant, maracuja and a touch of wood.

  2. Zender scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Very complex malt, very enjoyable, intensive and powerful. The best of 'old school' of Glendronach. Very tasty - chocolate, cherry syrup, ripe oranges, dried fruits, walnuts, nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit of mango. Great wood balance too. Superb.

  3. Amsterdam scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    Batch 2 contains the following 7 bottles:       

    1971 cask 489
    1972 cask 718
    1978 cask 1040
    1989 cask 3315
    1990 cask 2621
    1991 cask 3182
    1993 cask 529

  4. Dede scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Ah, a beautiful speyside aged in sherry casks as we like them. It's ample, generous, noble, a rendez-vous in a library with patinated wood furniture covered with old books, sitting in a comfortable Chesterfield for a gourmet snack consisting of an exquisite jam of strawberry, orangettes, bread spices and dried fruits (figs, grapes). Superb.

    The mouth is stiffer without being devoid of charm. The wood speaks a little louder, with marked tannins, a beautiful bitterness cocoa that counterbalance however tart notes of tangerine.

    The finish is long, tannic and cocoa, slightly astringent.

    A very beautiful Glendronach with a beautiful nose. The mouth, more marked by the wood, is however far from being without interest.

  5. zby0001 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    With my very high expectations I was a little disappointed by the nose at first as it showed mostly bitter coffee notes but with some air it opened up later on and became very good even so not so rich like some other old Glendronachs from this era, but after on the palate it really started off with the expected richness, complexity and fruitiness with well balanced sherry and sweetness - superb!
    • Nose
      94 94
      A lot of coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, toffee and old wooden cabinet at first, some dried fruits, dates, figs, menthol, some herbs, burnt wood, hints of ham and bacon, xmas spice, sherry wood - great!
    • Taste
      97 97
      Oily, creamy, sirupy, good sweetness, little liquorice, more dried fruits, also prunes, plums, nutmeg, molasses, milk chocolate, mocha, little tobacco, coffee, spices, little herbal, sherry wood - delicious!
    • Finish
      96 96
      Medium long, warm, spicy, dried fruits, little more woody, more espresso, little tannic - excellent!

  7. Povl77 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Just awesome, nice and complex, old wood, but not too much, very nice dram, close to the the best Glendronach I've tasted

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Brilliant sherry, maybe not the most tropical of the 71s but the sherry here is flawless

  9. Jonas88 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Nose - a very fruity nose. Wow! Lots of wild berries, pears, figs, raisins, sultanas. A great fruity oldtimer. Some sherry, leather, spicy side too.

    Taste - More blueberries, blackberries and blackcurrant! Some vanilla, dried oranges, autumn ripe red apples, orange zest, cinnamon on the palate. Then chocolate with raisins and hazelnut. Nice spicyness, some wood. Great taste!

    Finish - dried fruits, dates, raisins, coffee infused with nuts, honey and vanilla gives body towards the end. Tropical fruits and bitter cocoa give lovely sweetness. Fantastic!

  10. dramspotter scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A bit of a technical score; not especially the brown&gold Glendronach I would go for normally.
    • Nose
      vinegar; heavy oloroso
    • Taste
      heavy and chewy
    • Finish
      medium->long; very tarry. It is not tart or sharp in the finish, fortunately.


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