Glendronach 20-year-old Tawny Port

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
20 years old
Tawny Port Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
16 Jul 2010 11:30 pm

Average value

€ 763.86

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85 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 20-year-old Tawny Port

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.61 points

  1. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very good, but not so exciting on the palate. He slips just below the threshold of enthusiasm. 89 points.
    • Nose
      Dark and spicy. Forest berries, dry leather. Intensely chocolaty. Nutmeg, turmeric and speculoos make for a great herbal note. Dark fruit tea. Fruit acid. The kräutrige barrel becomes more dominant. With time come wine aromas. Rather dry, full and heavy. Very slight sulfuric echoes come through. The fruit acid is gradually displaced by intensifying chocolate.
    • Taste
      Sweet and nutty, followed closely by grapes and chocolate, it flows into the mouth. Very creamy and intense. Herbs hold back, leather is something and in Nachschmecken an astringent dry fruit is spreading. The second sip is oak-rich and the fruit acid comes through again.
    • Finish
      Medium length with chocolate and dark fruit jam.

  2. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Those who like the sweeter fruit notes of a port are not well served here and would rather try the 18-year-old Tawny Port. For me unfortunately not as successful as the younger brother, but I do not like older Tawny ports as much as Ruby Ports or Colheitas
    • Nose
      Deep sweet rosehip tea and a certain fleshiness (reminiscent of broth, as so often in older Tawny ports), dense and spicy rather than sweet. The fruit comes after some time as a dark forest fruit jam to light, but without acid. Spicy-dark honey and fresh fudge make the whisky appear creamy and almost creamy in the nose. Something reminiscent of hazelnut ice cream. I do not find typical wine notes (fresh red berries and the certain acidity), nor a wooden bitterness
    • Taste
      Raisins in a chocolate coat (milk chocolate), the whisky fills the mouth oily and velvety soft. The age shows, little sweetness, more wood influence and spices are noticeable. Oriental spice blends with a noticeable amount of cumin. The chocolate is bitter, now has 70-80% cocoa content. A clear bitterness comes through, grapefruit, for example. Interesting: salty licorice get stronger with every taste and every sip
    • Finish
      Long and pronounced dry with a nice dry plum note. Not overly bitter here - luckily

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

    What a dram! This is complex, well integrated and balanced with an
    amazing alteration of fruity, spicy and bitter flavours. An intense,
    bold and spicy whisky on the midpalate integrated in luscious fruit.
    Adding some water is a real adventure! Unfortunately, this one is very
    hard to find, but worth every penny. Watch out for this one!

    • Nose
      A big nose with stewed dark fruit, plums, along with treacle, toffee and
      a whiff of sulphur in the background. There's a lot of wine aroma
      complemented by sour red currant and a touch of green grape. This
      powerful nose varies from lovely sweetness to sourish flavours and wine
      aroma with a hint of luscious marzipan coming through. A gorgeous nose!
    • Taste
      Liquorice, fruit cake with an intriguing balance between succulent
      peach and a tangy mix of spice, along with slightly bitter orange peel.
      The spice has this vindaloo type power on the midpalate before purple
      plums take over. Still warm and mouthfilling. Again a delicate crossover
      of fruity, spicy and bitter flavours. Long and lingering.
    • Finish
      A very warm and medium to long finish with delicate bitter orange peel, a
      hint of sulphur, not unpleasant at all, and roasted almonds. Very

      WITH WATER: Creamy fruitiness with a fresh acidity.
      Still powerful on the nose. Water delays the "shock" of spiciness coming
      through. Bold and intense, tangy with a delicate touch of bitter orange
      peel. The finish is long with lingering plums and nuts. Delicious!

  4. murphyr12 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Color: rusty brown Nose The moment has come, the whisky is in the glass. I think I can hear my heartbeat. Or are the drums and pipes? Scotland is at the door. Unbearably exciting. The whisky lights up in the glass and makes the world around me dark. I breathe in. Sweet, heavy sherry. Raisins, caramel and honey. Slightly fermented and sulphurous, the whisky passes my nose. The first encounter reminded strongly of an older single cask bottling from the Olorosfass. The sherry is very dominant and the barrels are probably from a time when good and especially old sherry casks were still affordable and sufficiently available. Anyway, you have to praise Glendronach anyway, the tactic of that time, to invest a large sum in the procurement of barrels, now pays off. But wait, a trap lurks here! According to the official description, no sherry casks were used before maturing in port casks, but barrels made of European oak (!). So, the port disguises itself as Oloroso and plays his part even Oscar suspects. Freshly cut oranges. I can see her. They sting with their cooling freshness through the heavy port. A subtle, but noticeable, sourish (grapefruit) comes together has also emerged. It counterpoints the honey notes and the previous harmony of the other flavors. Leather, turmeric, milk chocolate and earthy notes come on and now determine the nose. Fantastic. Interestingly, he smells like a Sunday roast now and then. Hearty spicy. I have to keep reminding myself to stay impartial and hide the hype surrounding this bottle. I admit to succeed only partially. Errare humanum est. So far, I have to say that the (non-existent) sherry dominates here and the port "only" the sulfur and the earthy notes. Very confusing. There are no sherry casks at bottling! On to the tongue. Let's see how the flavors change afterwards. Warm and oily on the tongue. Cinnamon and honey. There they are again, the oranges. It stays calm in the mouth. A pleasant, full mouthfeel. Plums and something bitter, but not really identify. Lots of oak and cocoa. Cranberries! They fit very well to describe the tart fruit. It is similar to the 18 'Tawny Port, but much deeper and heavier. It seems as if between both bottlings are 10 years and not only 2. The 46 percent fit perfectly with the variety of flavors. More alcohol would only complicate a longer differencing of the notes. Here it is clear that no sherry, but port is involved. The finish is mild and determined by honey, caramel and mild spices. After a while, the mouth gets a little dry. Conclusion The nose does not change anymore. She holds her flavors and allows me to perform a second, extended nosing. A very I'm not a big fan of the "non-Sherry Glendronachs". Moscatel and Madeira I found too weak and their hype not nearly fair. The Tawny Port series, however, I find really good and more suitable for Glendronach. You do not need to talk about a PLV anymore, as the bottle can not be bought now under € 400-500. I am glad that I also had this rarity in my glass and that I liked it very much.

  5. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      orange, honey, raisins, meaty, floral and spices - pepper
    • Taste
      creamy, orange, fruity, syrup and spices - mint and pepper
    • Finish
      medium drying with orange, bitter fruits and some sulphur

  6. j j scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    this is a dry meaty sherry dram. Couple of points down due to low abv. Nice stuff.

    where is the port?

  7. alectron scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Single dram note (Dramfest NZ 2012)

    Transferring previous Note (2012.02.29) content into a Tasting Note.
    • Nose
      sherry/port, meaty, wood, with a few sulphur notes (83)
    • Taste
      sweet sherry with a wine-y touch (87)
    • Finish
      sulphur coming through here as well but not unpleasant, wood drying up at the end  (86)

  8. HunterRomario scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A full, dense chocolate scent to which sherry is added. Ripped caramel-rum tones in the background.
    • Taste
      The taste of chocolate, cinnamon, and tanned wood that I watched at Glendronach 18th Allardice, but here it is not so strong and disturbing, it is softer.

  9. Miconciencia scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Taste
      Sabor a viejo muelle, pescado en salazón, aceite de guindillas y oporto muy denso

  10. christophe_carles scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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


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