Glendronach 1972

Overall rating
93.76/100
votes
145
Whiskybase ID
WB22629
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Batch 4
Vintage
02.03.1972
Bottled
07.2011
Stated Age
39 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Casknumber
712
Number of bottles
466
Strength
49.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
07 jun 2011 7:47 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 9000.00

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Whisky reviews for Glendronach 1972

30 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.76 points.

  1. JNuyts scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

  2. gaboruso scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  3. geriud scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
      Extreme Oloroso sweetness and complexity. Dried fruits everywhere including plums, raisins, figs, dates, apricots, it's like a jam or syrup. Old cellar and old leather character. The sirupy plum is getting more dominant by time, like grandma's forgotten old plum jam hided in the cellar.
      The best nose I have ever experiences so far...
    • Taste
      94 94
      Very sweet and fruity on the palate. Summer time fruits with the lead of strawberry and raspberry, strawberry pudding / jam. Some herbal notes also developing including mint and maybe green tea, not sure...
      By time getting more sugary and sirupy and this is what I expected from an old school Dronach sherry bomb and simply love it! Give as many time on the palate as you can, it worth every second!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Very long and sweet oloroso drive dried fruits. Bitterness with dark chocolate recognizable.

      Astonishing quality, the best Dronach ever which I've tasted and also TOP3 on my list in base which I've ever tasted!
      Could only recommend if you can afford it!

  4. Seele scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    N Tobacco, smoky, Chinese herbal medicine, grapefruit peel, passion fruit, strong prune flavor (the kind that is too pickled), heavy sherry that almost breaks the balance
    T-entrance is lively and oily, leather, berries, soot water, with some tannins, star anise, peppercorns
    F long, spice, leather, sherry with a little sour and heavy, obvious smoke flavor, less fruity flavor
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Intense sherry, great tropicality, dark fruits, tobacco, mushrooms, those 72s never disappoint

  6. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    https://www.kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=430

    Colour:
    Amontillado sherry
    Nose:
    Sweet raisins, blueberries, red forest fruits, ripe elderberries, leather and cardboard. In addition, traces of nuts, some tobacco, smoky underlay, sweet Turkish honey and creamy vanilla at its best. Fruity, juicy and infinitely seductive! The sherry barrel has done a great job here, so that the flavors combine completely harmoniously and perfectly balanced at the peak - sensational and top class!
    Taste:
    Full of flavor and full flavor. The wood here goes perfectly with the fruit of plum, elderberry and blueberry. Then there are nuts, raisins, honey, furniture polish, tobacco and fine orange liqueur. The perfect mix that gets drier towards the finish - but remains absolutely great.
    Finish:
    Long - the influence of wood becomes more extreme! Tart and bitter, dry with tobacco-rich humidor notes, cedar wood, tart cocoa, smoke and ever more intense wood - but also still great for non-extreme wood fans.
    Comment:
    Ingenious nose, perfect taste and an even more forgiving finish !.
    94 points
    N: 96P / G: 94P / F: 92P

  7. jjkmlss scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Fantastic stuff.

    Nose: More like Oloroso, gunpowder, dried prunes, raisins, cocoa, coffee, tobacco, letaher

    Palate: cocoa, gunpowder, dried fruits, olive oil, coal smoke, leather, later garapes and passionfruit, grounded coffee.

    Medium: very thick and oily with many notes align with Yoichi, syrupy yet smooth.

    Finish: long, cocoa, raisin, leather and thick olive oil.

  8. CowboyTzf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. checkpointrk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. hhc1212 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Beyond compared Glendronach !!

  11. kimyikshu69 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    The best Glendronach i have tried so far !!

  12. Teresa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. ctu scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic oloroso whisky, especially the nose is outstanding, but not the classic Glendronach character.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Big oloroso sherry. Honey. Fig, prune, raisin and candied orange peel. Cocoa and tobacco. Antique leather and spices. Citruses. Lacquered wood.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Powerful, syrupy and creamy. Matured tannic oak. Honey. Plum, fig, kiwi and grapefruit. Tobacco. Dutch cocoa and coffee. Cinnamon and mint. Spicy sherry and mild smoke.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, bittersweet, oaky, fruity.

  14. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Head to head :- 

    1970 22 year 43% cask 546-7 Reserve Cantarelli Signatory   

    1972  39 year 49.9% cask 712   

    1972 1972 40 year 50.2% cask 713   

    1972 1972 43 year 51.1% cask 706     

    Tried all of these Glendronach H2H and they are all around the 90 point mark for me but the 1970 SV may get the nod.   

    The 1975 Speyburn Clan Cask 37 year cask 3413 55.4% is better than all of them on nose and taste and if you compare that it is roughly £300 at auction when the likes of cask 706 is £2000, it looks like an absolute steal.  

  15. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose is really nice but where is the distillery character?

    I think this should have been bottled at maybe 35 years old, the wood is singing on this one

    Price is at 90 so as not to affect the score too much.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very nice but the wood has got hold of this one, in the cask too long but still nice with a lovely nose.
    • Nose
      The nose is very rich and the fruit is really nice, the main fruit nose is stewed rhubarb.

      Coffee and burnt cocoa is creeping in mixed with the rhubarb, cherry, black currant and rich fruit cake.
    • Taste
      Very rich, almost too rich, creamy mouthfeel on plum, fig, juicy dark raisins, fruit cake damsom jam.

      After a time balsamic glaze.
    • Finish
      Finish is long but the wood is singing loud now and spoiling the fruits.

  17. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    whiskyauction.com 09-2017 €1485

  18. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Batch 4 contains the following 6 bottles:

    1971 cask 1436
    1972 cask 712
    1989 cask 2917
    1990 cask 1032
    1992 cask 161
    1994 cask 97

  19. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with Aby and JJ
    • Nose
      Pastry, honey, figs, raisins and fudge - hopjes. Wild peach, syrup, oranger, cooking pears and forest fruits - blackberries.
    • Taste
      Woody, raisins, mint, syrup and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Leather, some liquorice, syrup, nuts - walnuts and forest fruits.

  20. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    www.whiskyauction.com

    05-2015 €1313
    01-2016 €1605
    04-2016 €1570
    09-2016 €1615

  21. squaadgras scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  22. autowatch092 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Dark mahogany
    Nose: Prunes, rum soaked Christmas puddding, orange marmalade, hints of pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, a mix of mild spices.
    Palate: Prunes, dates, dried figs and apricots, cassis, dark chocolate, espresso, cinnamon, hints of cardamom and nutmeg.
    Finish: Very long, fruity and slightly spicy with just a hint of smoke.
    Overall: Outstanding. Not too much wood, not too much spice, just enormously rich and complex yet full of elegance.

    http://www.dramming.com/2012/05/13/glendronach-19722011-cask-712/

  23. Zumbar scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  24. Dede scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Very nice sherry with exoticism, especially very marked notes of ripe passion fruit. It's chocolate, with raw cigar, and all the aromas of a beautiful cask sherry. The alcohol is perfectly integrated, the mouth of the same level as the nose, it is GOOD! Not sure that there is much left of the distillate as it was loud, but honestly it is the least of my worries. Another pretty 93.

  25. zby0001 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  26. KayMeertens scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Plum, date, cranberry, heavy wooden furniture, leather, mocha, grapefruit, rose petals, water chestnut, lychee, dark rye bread, sweet & sour sauce, cocoa, aniseed and a whiff of a pet store. Eventually tobacco. What a complexity.
    • Taste
      Plum, raisin, date, dark chocolate, mocha, oak, dried cranberry, orange, strawberry, grapefruit and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Plum, date, dark chocolate, raisin, apple, cocoa, rhubarb and oak.

  27. nulty scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Not bad at all this case! Ask for time and a water lichette to express yourself completely. The nose is superb but not as expansive as one would like, the palace is cons is great.
    • Nose
      Old wood, leather, spices (nutmeg, cumin), mustard "old fashioned". Beet or carrot. Raisins, mashed figs. Flowers. Some tertiary notes of moist soil, dead leaves. Slight smoke. At the opening, red fruit paste, the tertiary aspect grows.
    • Taste
      Oh. Superb smoothness, beautiful covering texture. Dried fruits, some rotten wood, mushrooms, humus. Hazelnuts, praline. Tropical fruits (kiwi, passion), mint. The intensity does not weaken. Tobacco. A little the same evolution as the nose, we go to a fruit / undergrowth combo.
    • Finish
      Long, on an old spicy wood, strawberries, laurel.

  28. islemore scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  29. alectron scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      First of: thick/dense/ nearly tangible sherry (& sticky dried fruits - raisins, plums, apricots) w a mealy touch, old wood / furniture, wet garden & (some) forrest earth, dark chocolate, leather polish, (93)
      Later: turns fruitier (fresh, and the usual, but rather wet/sticky dried fruits as well...?) and livelier, without loosing its' darker/earthier ooomph. Also, slightly waxern and a beeswax note, german apple cake, chocolate syrup, honey, dried and slightly sour juniper berries. Yum. (94)
    • Taste
      Again, dense is the right word.
      First of fruit - dried and a few fresh, maybe even exotic ones as well, dark chocolate, tobacco, oak, christmas smoke cones, beeswax for a brief moment, then develops into a very elegant astrigency with a sour juniper berry touch when going into the finish without loosing the fruityness. (94)
      Later: the astrigency turns more obviously woody, but there's also some more fresh & exotic fruits coming   through now. (94)
    • Finish
      long. more dried fruits now with dried blueberries, mellowing out underneath the very interesting astrigency for a while, then the fruit takes over again, also some coal-dust (and a bit of granite dust occasionally) now, smoke occasionally, a few chocolate buttons increasing towards the end as well as some tannins, and the tobacco says hello again as well.  (94)

  30. Titi94 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by The Bottler:

    Appearance: Deep rich gold with pronounced red wood appearance.

    Nose: Beautifully aromatic and intense. Floral qualities, combined with the fabulous classic sherried influence. Apple, plum and damson flavours ride upon the crest of a weave of sweet raisins.

    Palate: Bold and invigorating, but still laden with class and maturity. Red gapes, and dense fruit cake drenched with date syrup and sweet spice reduction.

  31. whiskas did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Producer`s Notes
    Appearance: Deep rich gold with pronounced red wood appearance.
    Nose: Beautifully aromatic and intense. Floral qualities, combined with the fabulous classic sherried influence. Apple plum and damson flavours ride upon the crest of a wave of sweet raisins.
    Palate: Bold and invigorating, but laden with class and maturity. Red grapes, and dense fruit cake drenched with date syrup and sweet spice reduction.

  32. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    What a great dram, and one of the best 1972's I've had. It definitely needs time to open up and unfold the deep, almost oriental fruitiness that was hidden in the first few sips. For me this deserves a bonus point, I've rarely seen sherry and tropical fruits combined so beautifully, not even in other GlenDronach single casks. I'm stunned Serge chooses a GlenDronach 15yo (WF92) over this masterpiece (WF91).
    • Nose
      Strikingly fresh and floral - the first thing I get are lovely roses and passion fruit ganache. A nice addition to the usual raisins, dried berries, cocoa and leather we were expecting already. Raspberries and redcurrant jam. Cherry plums. Big oak polish. Hints of mint. Underneath is a layer of darker aromas, blackberries and something vaguely meaty with a hint of clean gunpowder. While I'm usually struggling with these notes, they are so tiny I'd say it's an asset. Simply excellent: very wide, luscious and juicy.
    • Taste
      Starts in a classic way, with Christmas cake, dates, sultanas... Rather dry with a velvety mouthfeel. After a few moments, a wave of superb tropical notes comes rolling in. Tangerine, guava, passion fruits again. As if they poured a few litres of BenRiach 1976 in the cask. Wow! It doesn't last too long though, it returns nicely on chocolate, liquorice and very soft spices. Tiny hints of camphor / mint.
    • Finish
      Very long, still a tad fruity but it's mostly leather and spices now.

  33. MARS scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Let him breathe (a lot)and the tropical fruits will appear in the finale (mix of benriach 1976 and lochside 1966)

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