Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Hart Brothers (HB)
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
57.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
11 May 2021 3:57 pm by Amsterdam
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 87.90

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32 × member ratings

103 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 2009 HB

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.57 points

  1. craide scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    You can dilute it with water and it becomes a tasty malt to "chew away". Isn't particularly exciting or diverse. The flavors evaporate too quickly and everything seems somehow bland.
    Sample is enough for me.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Starting with a clear wood note, it becomes increasingly spicy like nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Some dried fruit with nuts shows up, but it seems somehow bland. I also have some vanilla and toffee in the background. With more time, a subtle mint / menthol note develops.
      I don't think it's alcoholic. Everything well integrated.
      However, I also have the feeling that the aromas don't last very long.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Hot, spicy start. More like chilli heat. Here you can tell that the alcohol is already a bit depressing. Slightly fruity, slightly sweet. Bananas, oranges and a subtle sour grapefruit note provide a bit of variety. Some bitter coffee forms.
      But everything is kept short and sweet on the palate as well.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short to medium-length finish, spice and sharpness still dominate, then it gets drier.

  2. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Significantly different from the typical sherry gelendronachs. Dominating light fruity and spicy aspects that make it surprisingly different. At 57% undiluted, the alcohol is clearly present in the nose and on the palate. .
    • Nose
      88 88
      A spicy start and then change to light fruits such as apples, pears and peaches. Later more spices, vanilla, lemon balm and honey. A slight solvent note and toasty aromas appear. The alcohol cools the nose a little.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Strong, bitter-sweet start with spices, light fruits, rice pudding with cinnamon and sugar. The alcohol is present.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Quite a long, spicy finish, with a clear, salivary-stimulating bitterness here as well. The alcohol is somewhat aggressive. Pepper, oak and walnut appear.

  3. malty Joe scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    The alcohol is really nicely integrated. It is also true that it comes from the spicy side. In my opinion, nuts and oak dominate. Unfortunately, the sherry notes are missing or fade very quickly. That makes this whisky a bit one-dimensional, but a very pleasant oak note remains in the mouth. A very different Glendronach ...

  4. Flo555 scored this whisky 61 points Member Senior

    Not again sold it after drinking 4cl of it.

    Alkohol ist not good integrated, it is only heavily spicy and a bit bitter.

    Not a Glendronach or Sherry driven Whisky for me at all and it tastes like it is much younger but with a missing Character of the Distillery.

    The Glendronach 8 is completely different but much better and seems to be be older.

  5. Whiskybayer scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    This Glendronach has nothing to do with bottlings 12, 15, 18, 21. Even adding water doesn't help. Unfortunately, I am very disappointed as I would have expected more. One sample is therefore sufficient.
    Better twice a Glendronach 12 for the money.

  6. Mapl scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80


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