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Overall rating
88.87/100
votes
65
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Vintage
08.11.1995
Bottled
07.2011
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon
Casknumber
4681
Number of bottles
725
Strength
56.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LD80933
Barcode
5060088793541
Bottled for
UK Exclusive
Added on
05 Oct 2011 9:18 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 139,95

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1995

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.87 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/bottle-polishing-3-by-3-part-2/

    After recently caning a beautiful 1994 vintage [blog88], I was keen to replace it and enjoy a similar experience. I had to pay a lot more this time around, given all these vintage Glendronach single casks now sit on a similar evaluated price shelf. Question is, are they all worth it?

    N: Sweet raisin-fungal<toffee=dates & fruity [peach & orange] sugars kick off proceedings, enduring/coexisting within the over-keen [first-fill?] cask. The high-octane rum-like ethanol power of the spirit [56.2%!], with its herbal waxy>petroleum side creates a wide and interesting dialog between this and the initial sweeter notes. I remind myself that [PX] sherry isn’t particularly sweet, and this cask highlights the more bitter-herbal-grape-tannic side of sherry [casks] rather well. There’s plenty here to occupy us geeks.
    T: Opens with a style I dislike - a blatant sherry punch; one that hardly mellows after a month or so. It delivers then [and with as much water as you like], a puckering, volatile oaked-sherried wax-jacket [much like some A’bunadh batches if you will], albeit with a drier, more bitter [PX] sherry profile. Along the way there are some sugary complexities to be had alongside the murky fruity>industrial waxy notes, but the cask and locked-in abv strength doesn’t allow too much through. The distillate is continually undermined though toasted popcorn/crunchy nut cornflakes on the turn show there are some signs of the malty distillate after all.
    F: The savoury, waxy dry herbal side continually balances against the sweeter notes. As the dry oaky sugars assemble then slowly dissipate, there’s now a more subtle bitter industrial waxy, mildly bitter [PX styley], dry herbal flow with a hint of sour Montenegro Amaro orange liqueur & Giuseppe Alberti’s Liquore Strega [see last blog] - shadowed by an astringent ginger, baked cinnamon and chill/peppery heat that hovers in the wings. More dry bitter/sour, soft waxy oak at the death and a slight corn~hops reprise.
    C: You have here something akin to a cask strength 15yo Revival, but one plagued by a single hyper-active cask. Sure it’s decent whisky [are there any duffers in this range?], but this cask is currently past its/my [secondary market] price-point.Scores a B[-]

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of a sample.
    • Nose
      Caramel fudge, apple syrup, cherry, raisin, date, mocha, peanut and a little peach.
    • Taste
      Caramel, apple, raisin, coconut and a little mocha. With water some cognac-y orange. It does fall apart a bit then.
    • Finish
      Caramel, apple, mocha and a little coconut.

  3. Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    notes by The GlenDronach Distillery
    • Nose
      Chocolate orange segments with a hearty helping of stewed plums and forest fruit compote.
    • Taste
      Chocolate and toffee qualities reveal a bold mix of dried, spiced fruits including figs, raisins and dates.
    • Finish
      Full-bodied with a dry, stylish finish.

  4. whioli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Color: dark mahogany
    Nose: Fine sherry aromas are surrounded by dark chocolate and ripe orange notes. Furthermore, vanilla and sweet-sticky honey.
    Taste: Intense sherry and spicy herbs, which are combined with cherry confiture and creamy chocolate.
    Finish: A Christmas spice cake with a pinch of pepper, cocoa powder and dry sherry. Unfortunately, this taste experience is short lived.
    Rating: A great, heavy malt that is light and easy to enjoy despite its sherry severity. With an excellent price-performance ratio that not only sherry lovers should use. Currently still in British whisky shops! 90 points

  6. Sonett scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is a very interesting whisky but sweetness and the sherry tones are in my opinion just too much as it converts the whisky into some kind of syrup sweet fruits rather than a whisky 
    • Nose
      Wow, it hits you with intense aromas of toffee, fugde, rasins, figs and plums. There is also some medicinal notes but almost drowning in all the dark fruits.
    • Taste
      Enters heavy sweetness almost like dark syrup, sherry, fudge rasins,figs and more. All the aromas found comes back heavily in the taste as well. The sweetness and the heavy fruits almost kills all the traditional whisky appearances. The fruity taste are simply close to the acceptable or even above that limit.
    • Finish
      Finish is very long, warm and keeps basically all the initial tastes. A bit of spicyness shows up and fades away before the fruity tastes dissapears.

  7. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    N: fudge, tobacco, raisins, chocolate, tiramisu, rum, coffee and cornflakes
    T: chocolate and sweet spices
    F: grains, red wine and cinnamon (pepernoten!)

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasting notes here:

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/aus-dem-sherryfass-glendronach-1995-single-cask-4681-15y-525-21679/

  9. alectron scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Interesting but strange. This is the first pre-2000 Glendronach I've come across showing the slightly perfumed, syrup-y Mochi notes (I'm not the biggest fan of); only got them from the post-2002 distillate in the past and none of trhe 1996ers showed any either...
    hmmm.
    • Nose
      chocolate, mochi, coffee, winey notes, but also some moss/green plant notes, burnt wood, dusty, wet leather that seem to stand next to each other instead of being one. Interesting & nice, but a tad disjointed. (86)
      a bit later: seems to unify & turns sweeter. More sherry, butterscotch, pastry (w some plums / streuselschnecke mit pflaume), still some leather & dusty notes, but feeling more starch-y/mealy now and some of the interesting savoury notes seem to have been drowned by the sweetness. (86).
      Also a slight touch of cardboard occasionally. (83)
    • Taste
      sweet, sherry, fake/fat-free chocolate, rice cracker/rice paper, pepper, syrupy/clingy upfront but feels a bit thin when going into the finish, strange. (84)
    • Finish
      mochi, molasses, sherry, After Eight (dark chocolate & mint), pumpernickel, still some pepper leaning towards chilli hotness, also, a tad metallic/copper note at the very end (83)

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