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Overall rating
90.58/100
votes
193
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2004
Stated Age
33 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
15 Aug 2007 10:32 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1968,67

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291 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 33-year-old

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.58 points

  1. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Whiskyauction.com 10-2017 €965

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasty stuff - an experience to have tried. A piece of history - what came in the bottle in 2004 and then 33 years of the barrel years - there we are in the 70s at least. Is he much better than Revival, Allardice, Parliament? elegant and mature - yes, better - no, not for me, because I like the style of modern dronachs and when it comes to malts from the 70s, I had better things in the glass - in the sense of: appeals to my senses more. The dram is now at least ten minutes empty - I still find remnants on the palate - impressive.
    • Nose
      Pure elegance - a fine, well-balanced nose rises from the glass, at first I find delicately ripened oak with fine edges and a nice fine spicy note - reminds me of the wood debris on a 100-year-old farmer's cabinet at places where wood rubs dry on wood, or beams in an old roof truss when heated by the sun. In addition, every now and then a second note of wood flashes on the damp areas in the basement or after a rain in the forest on fallen trees are decomposed by fungi - old rotten damp wood with a touch Camembert (tree fungus) - but so decent and pleasant that it is enriching for me and not disturbing - this comes a potpourri of red fruits, very creamy and homogeneous - complex interwoven and difficult to break down, ripe sweet black cherries, raspberry puree, red and black currants - crushed both fruit acidity and the bitter substances of Kernels and peels are clearly perceptible, cultivated blueberries, plus a light cinnamon note, some nutmeg, clove and geranium leaves (flower). Fruits and oak alternate - are alternately in the foreground and no one has the upper hand - always full of vanilla and in the background fresh mint with a resinous-oaky-ethereal-oily fragrance, strong spicy tobacco leaves - freshly cut, and increasingly present more orange oil. With more time in the glass and careful "vorbeiriechen" on known - flower nectar, tender but present. After the first sip, especially the leather notes in the nose increase positively, thus it looks a little less elegant - but the more mature.
    • Taste
      astringent oak leaves the mouth dry immediately, grape seeds, green banana peel, fresh olives from the tree, unripe khaki-rich broadside tannins - I did not have that yet. In addition, red berries - rather acidic with subtle sweetness and light bitter substances, chocolate, cocoa, coffee - at the same time minty fresh, a little peppery, to a delicate tart spicy vegetable sharpness like of rosemary and ginger. With the second sip it becomes sweeter, the fruits darken - voluminous, creamier and displace the tannins for the most part, it now appears more complex and fruity - in the background a board of spice.
    • Finish
      yes what is taste and what finish - at 40% and the strong flow of saliva through the tannins that's hard to say, you do not want to swallow too soon: the finish is not particularly long but the spicy tannins remain very long on the tongue - for minutes , While the red fruits fade first, a slightly musty leather and tobacco note spreads, the tobacco is still really moist and nicely spicy - more steam than I would have expected at 40%.

  3. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A long exposure in sherry, a barrel, a campaign, gave everything I could, but the palette of derivatives is not so wide, everything seems to be on the level, but there are complaints - the aroma is trapped, the taste is slightly subtile and watery, the aftertaste quickly fades away.
    • Nose
      Restrained, dry, old furniture, burnt caramel, prunes, licorice candy, shoe cream, old leather goods, dusty herbarium, willow-herb, dry herbs, weak peat shades.
    • Taste
      Calm, rich, sweet oak, furniture lacquer, Koch-and-nor pencils, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, pu-erh, light notes of peat and haze, mineral-metal motifs.
    • Finish
      Spicy, light, prunes, dark chocolate, ginger, sour coffee, lac notes.

  4. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Whiskyauction.com 05-2019 € 1.244

  5. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Whiskyauction.com 01-2019 €810

  6. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Whiskyauction.com €893 11-2018

  7. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    whiskyauction.com 06-2018 € 801,00

  8. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Whiskyauction.com 04-2018 €760,00

  9. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    01-2018 € 805,00

  10. Vince' scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: alt. Just old. 33 years have in no case passed without a trace of the drop. No, not in the negative sense. Elegant tart / spicy and pleasant woody sherry; unburned tobacco a cigar with light vanilla flavor, old leather couch and / or as I imagine an old wooden shelf with books bound in leather. A certain minimal sweet component resonates, but is clearly restrained. Old polished sherry soaked wood including shavings. A slightly musty note that reminds me of an old damp cellar vault with rotten, wet wood. Chocolate, cocoa powder and hazelnuts are more in the background. I mean to identify a distinct note of freshly grated nutmeg. Fruit notes are more likely to go hand in hand with such intensive seasoning of the barrel that I can barely break it down. Generally, the nose is a bit more restrained, but at 40% vol. but also not completely unfounded. Complex is nevertheless, many flavors are very interwoven and go hand in hand. I like the nose but very good, old, spicy and a great elegant oak cargo! Taste: A slight hint of a sweetness, the age of the drop is immediately there again, oily, very soft in the mouth, spicy old sherry with associations with leather, unburned cigar tobacco, milk coffee, cocoa powder and dark chocolate. Slightly sour and a strong astringent mouthfeel. Roasted aromas as well as the taste of whale and hazelnuts shoot into my head. The initial fruit component gives way very quickly and clears the way for the wood flavors. This woody aroma is very strong, spicy / musty but not really unpleasantly dry. Nevertheless, it is clearly felt and has a slight burnt caramel note resonates. In addition, I associate nutmeg, a cooling minty note and very dry oak, which occupies the entire tongue and felt forever. Conclusion: An old elegant Glendronach. But he is different. Especially exorbitantly spicy with a lot of unburned wet tobacco and leather components from the oak. The wood does not tend towards Espresso flavors, but is still clear and strong dry and long on the tongue. I still miss the steam ... maybe 43 or 46% vol. Is he worth the today's price? Not at all, at least not for me. But it was a great experience!

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