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Overall rating
88.45/100
votes
49
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1963
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
Green dumpy bottle, cream label
Bottled for
I. L. Ruffino, Pontassieve
Added on
16 Sep 2011 3:26 pm

Average value

€ 658.69

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1963

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.45 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  This is an excellent vintage, but I am sure bottle maturation did another great job to create a magnificent dram.  I bought this bottle for 136 Euro in March, 2004.

    This is really delicious and it is simply unbelievable that this matured for 12 years only.  But back in the seventies distilleries often added some older casks to such batches to mellow the whisky - if they could not sell them for one of the few prestigious very old blends.

    One of the best Glendronach I have tasted so far (even better than most of the very old sherried ones, provided you like whisky and not just high-proof sherry).
    • Nose
      93 93
      The nose is all about sweet fruits (oranges, apricots, peaches, quinces), some spices and a lot of this adorable old bottle flavour (which stands for complexity). No sherry at all, so this is a "naked" old Glendronach. Very interesting to explore the historic aromas profile of this excellent distillery.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very fruity again and all imbedded in a nice, mellow wooden structure. Lots of different layers and waves of flavours charm my taste buds. A dram to test how many aromas you are able to recognise and differentiate.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Gentle arrival on the tongue with a bold, complex profile. No water needed at all. The finish is of medium length (at the first sip rather short, but after that it gets longer and longer) and on very pleasant wooden notes in addition to the fruits and spices.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

    There is great variety in these old dumpy Glendronach bottlings incl. both 8yo and 12yo. Some are extremely fruity, some are more grassy and some are more smoky. Personally I prefer the most fruity ones as they can be totally great but unfortunately you cannot find out before you open the bottle.
    • Nose
      88 88
      On the one hand there are hints of tropical fruits with pineapple and passion fruit but on the other hand also pretty grassy and leafy notes with quite some smoke and old books on top. Really not bad
    • Taste
      87 87
      Little punchy, creamy, good sweetness, honey, little fruitiness, spices, pepper, quite some OBE
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, warm

  3. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasant, festive, summer whisky, the feeling of a tropical beach, cool cocktails, exotic fruits, light, rich, varied, nothing to do with modern, but very tasty, and what density and power for 43%, just fire.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, grain, bright citrus notes - oranges, tangerines; fresh herbal shades, tropical fruits, Revit vitamins, coated tablets, candy-caramel sweet motifs, strawberries, pineapple, dry boards, very fresh, sunny.
    • Taste
      Soft, rich, oak, sweet tropical and fruity notes, herbal tones, a little astringency of the young bark, lemonade shades, leather goods, more oak in development.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, tropical fruits, oak, some tobacco, fresh herbal shades, tangerines, orange peel.

  4. Lorion scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Tasty, no question. But not really something special. Even in the past, many a standard advertised was just a standard. 82 points - a very good standard.
    • Nose
      Creamy soft and sweet. Apple jam, without fruit acid. Subliminally, I also have something musty, which I can not quite assign. Do I smell cheese feet? Mushrooms? Also amazingly oak is noticeable in the nose.
    • Taste
      Full, sweet and very smooth. Vanilla, which threatens to turn over in artificial soap with vanilla flavor. But it is still limited. Tobacco is also something.
    • Finish
      Unspectacular, quite fast, the whisky is gone again. Sweet.

  5. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Me a mystery how to give the 90+, probably. was the bottle leaking from our sample came or it is romanticized.
    • Nose
      Dry and old, dust, linen, dry apple chips and apricots with seeds, virtually without fruit acid, thyme, nutmeg, old oak and books
    • Taste
      The same as in the nose with autumn leaves and a little lemon peel, herbal honey discreetly
    • Finish
      Medium length, book pages, linen, autumn leaves, apple seeds

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I liked the exotic fruits on the nose, the palate is more on herbs pepper and stone fruits, very enjoyable

  7. Coldorak scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted during an Old & Rare event at Spirits of Speyside 2019, hosted by Jonny McMillan and The Whisky Shop Dufftown.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Great nose, red fruits, sherry, grape, madeira, apple and pear liquors, fermented fruits. So many layers.
    • Taste
      79 79
      A bit watery unfortunately, not at the same level as the nose. Strong presence of pears, and a light bitterness. A touch of metallic aftertaste, the "OBE" (Old Bottle Effect)
    • Finish
      82 82
      Rather short, on a light bitterness, wood and spices

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I liked the nose but the palate I had difficulty with because it had a metallic aftertaste (or something similar) at first,
    The palate did improve with time and increased in sweetness getting thick and chewy.

    Need to re taste this one so a provisional score at first
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Sonett scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet but vague nose of vanilla, apricot and peaches
    • Taste
      Taste as the nose, Vanilla, Apricots and peaches followed by soft spices and a hint of oak
    • Finish
      Rather short finish without surprises

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