Glendronach 1972

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Batch 4
Stated Age
39 years old
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
49.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Jun 2011 7:47 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3708.11

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1972

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.81 points

  1. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur


    Amontillado sherry
    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!
    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.
    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.
    Ingenious nose, perfect taste and an even more forgiving finish !.
    94 points
    N: 96P / G: 94P / F: 92P

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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)

  5. 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.

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  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 !!


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