Glendronach 1978

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Batch 2
Stated Age
31 years old
Oloroso Sherry Puncheon
Number of bottles
51.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 jul 2010 10:38 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3428.00

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113 × member ratings

121 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glendronach 1978

13 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.86 points.

  1. JoshNRW scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The slight (and probably imagined) sulfur note right after pouring into the blender glass surprised me at first, but overall this is a brilliant old sherry malt and I'm often not sure whether the older Glendronachs are sulfur or wood aromas.
    After 30 minutes in the blender glass, the question of sulfur no longer arises, because then there are only ripe, old and elgange sherry aromas as it's best and as far as I know, sulfur wasn't even used at the end of the 70s.
    Such old and clean profiles are rarely found anymore, but for 3,000 euros it is of course far too one-dimensional and unsurprising. But it's very, very good and definitely worth a few hundred euros. When it comes to several thousand euros, I personally tend to think of old profiles that can no longer be found in today's whiskys (Bowmores from the 60s or 80s, Ardbeg or Brora from the 70s).

    Such a whisky can hardly achieve more than 93 points for me because it is too one-dimensional and straightforward, but I'm just wondering whether that's even fair if it still tastes so good and offers so much enjoyment.

    I have a slightly larger sample and will be pitting the rest of the bottle against an 18 Allardice and a 21 Parliament another day.

    PS this is a whisky that can take some water making it fruitier (other aged malts get woodier as a result) but I would skip the water and enjoy it just as it was bottled.
    • Nose
      A bit woody at first in Blenders and is that sulphur? After 30 minutes there is no more sulfur and only old aromas of leather, raisins, oak, dry plums (virtually all the old sherry aromas that I listed at the beginning of my whisky passion and that you always name with such whiskys).
      The strength of this nose is the almost 52 percent and 31 years, which perfectly allow wood, distillery character and aromas to pass side by side and offer a lot of volume in the nose.
      The texture is strong and distinctive, but at the same time set and soft.
    • Taste
      The start is massive and characterized by old sherry aromas. Just introduce the classic sherry flavors of such old malts, multiply by 2 and then let the leather, the oak and especially the sweet raisin and plum flavors fill the mouth.
      There aren't that many different aromas here, but I guess that old connoiseurs who open a bottle in their fireplace room and pour themselves 6cl and then refill later don't think about writing notes and identifying aromas. I am convinced that these people are doing everything right when they close their eyes and simply enjoy such a whisky.
    • Finish
      The mouthfeel is mature, intense and elegant. The finish is long, of course it is long and clean. Again one-dimensional, but still ingeniously good without surprise. But I don't need a surprise with such a mouthfeel.

  2. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior 082022 € 1.576 +10%

  3. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior 2022 € 1.006 + 10%

  4. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  6. Dom2910 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    I got the Glendronach in 1978 on my birthday in the glass directly at the distillery. You don't want to blame me if I include the experience, feelings and other things in the rating, but the whole thing was already a one in a lifetime dram and I fell in love.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      95 95

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The profile is reminiscent of the 72s, dark fruits, espresso, orange, cinammon, oak, figs, plums and tropical notes, excellent

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Actually a sherry bomb but still balanced and drinkable - great!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Heavy sherry notes, dried fruits, figs, plums, dates, espresso, very dark chocolate, cocoa, hints of rubber and leather, little nutmeg, cloves, molasses, pipe tobacco, some cooked oranges and little cherry jam - great!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Oily, creamy, liquorice, good sweetness, full of menthol and eucalyptus, camphor, more coffee, dark chocolate, dried fruits, heavy sherry wood, little tannic, spices, pepper, hints of xmas spice - excellent!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium long, warm, spicy, liquorice, little tannic, more coffee, cocoa

  9. Cigarsky scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    Colour: mahogany. Nose: wonderful.Same kind of big yet subtle notes of peonies and roses, then raisins, raspberry ganache, gunpowder, old leather, praline, chocolate.
    Mouth: it’s big and quite powerful drier than on the nose, rather more leathery and kind of smoky/mineral
    Then we have the expected dried fruits, dates, raisins, prunes, then chocolate, peppermint. Finish: long, with the leather and the spices more obvious, as almost always.

  10. Youngone scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  11. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior 04-2020 €1.006 + 10%

  12. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 98 points Photo Moderator

    Phew, what should you capitalize on? Without being euphoric: THAT is definitely a whisky of the absolute Champions League. Here is (almost) everything. The nose is wonderful, something you must have smelled once. Something like that, the new single Casks, no matter if 24 or 28 years, just can not get it. The mouthfeel is just incredibly multi-layered and complex. Nothing bothers you, everything is very harmonious and round. Just perfect. The finish is almost endless and gives you a sense of "the eater". This year, I already had some grenades in my glass like the 1990s and 1991s Glenfarclas Family Cask or the 30 year old Strathisla from MOS. All hammer drops. But this plays again in a different league. In that sense I have to put two points on it, because it is just that much better. Just perfect. Except for the price. Everyone has to know if he wants to pay for it. Anyway, there are 98 points from me
    • Nose
      Dark and oily, the 1978 Glendronach flows into the glass. Sherry in his purest form of perfection. Dark fruits, blackberries, raisins, plums, dates, roasted sugar, wonderful roasted aromas of coffee and cocoa (85%), cigar box, old leather, a touch of orange peel, walnuts, a touch of ground pepper, and again the sweetness of Sherry. Incredibly complex, incredibly multi-faceted, the alcohol is wonderfully integrated and you would not get the idea that you have here 51.2% in the glass.
    • Taste
      Wonderfully creamy and oily, the Glendronach is on the tongue. Nothing is burning, everything is very harmonious. The nose continues in the mouth. The sweetie is absolutely amazing. The blackberries, raisins, dates, etc. are now joined by echoes of cherries and oranges. The dark chocolate and the espresso become more intense after some time in the mouth. Now the oak has its moment: delicate notes of pepper and kräutriger notes are added and form a very interesting counterpoint to the sweetness of the sherry barrel. A touch of damp foliage and a touch of earthy notes complete this potpourri of taste sensations.
    • Finish
      Endless loooooooong! Warming, caressing, stimulating the flow of saliva ... I just get the expressions out. Must have experienced. The sweet fruits are very present, as well as the seasoning with all its facets. Slowly, but really slowly, the fireworks of the taste experience come to an end and it remains and indescribable feeling, which greedily greed after a second sip.

  13. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    01-2018 € 653,00

  14. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior 11-2017 € 671

  15. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior
    10-2016 €760

  16. 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

  17. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    03-2015 €507
    06-2015 €525
    07-2015 €525
    09-2015 €555
    03-2016 €585

  18. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A huge dram! The typical sherry flavours shine through all the way with
    great elegance and complexity. This is a well-balanced whisky not
    overpowered by the wood. A fantastic and extraordinary dram to sip and
    relax. Perfect!
    • Nose
      Wow! This is very elegant and smooth with classic sherry influences, a
      lovely potpourri of dark ripe fruits, rum soaked raisins, dates and
      figs, Demerara sugar, and Christmas cake.
      A dense, luscious, and nutty nose which is very savoury and attractive.
    • Taste
      A massive hit of sweet candy, red fruit, dates and dark cherries,
      complemented by Demerara sugar and rich orange. Dark bitter chocolate
      flavours emerge which align perfectly with lingering walnuts, a subtle
      herbal note, maybe juniper, and gentle oak. A bold and intense palate.
    • Finish
      A long and warm finish with plenty of liquorice. Gets drier in the end
      with strong espresso tones, oak wood and lingering walnut. Very pleasant
      and mouth-coating!

      WITH WATER: There's more creaminess on the nose
      with lots of sherry and ripe dark fruit. The huge and hot palate is
      tamed slightly with water. The finish is long and still warm with a
      lingering nuttiness. Dangerously quaffable.

  19. alectron scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Single dram note. Coepenicker Whisky Herbst 2012
    • Nose
      sweet, dry, sour, juniperberries (86)
    • Taste
      liquor-esque, sherry, dried fruits, oak in bitter-sweet-dry balance (88)
    • Finish
      alc becomes a bit too dominant w the dryness, sherry & dried fruits behind, anaesthetic. (84)


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