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Glendronach 15-year-old

Overall rating
86.28/100
votes
396
Whiskybase ID
WB3164
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
100% Matured in Sherry Casks
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LK94408
Barcode
5010093562014
Added on
21 Aug 2008 10:03 pm

Average value

€ 328.42

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 15-year-old

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.28 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful old-style standard with a strong dash of old-bottle flavor. Delicious.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Clear Oloroso Sherry, but with a delicate structure and nicely embedded in leather and grape aromas, floor wax and furniture polish
    • Taste
      90 90
      Soft, velvety, round - sherry to suckle, chocolate raisins, dried cranberries, leather and old wardrobes
    • Finish
      87 87
      red berries and old sherry with a hint of wood - balanced and rather short

  2. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Great sherried malt, old bottle style but rather fragile and different in character than later bottlings under new ownership. Fruitier and less brutal on the Oloroso. Higher abv. would help. Nonetheless a very fun sipper from yesteryear.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Interesting how different modern bottlings are - in this case I would not even say that everything was better in the old days. Different, but not better. Tastes full of retro - I like the nose the best.
    • Nose
      Covered strawberries, cardboard box, sour cucumber water, dusty loft, cherry jam, unshelled almonds, mild tobacco, honey, old leather jacket, rose water, orange juice, geranium leaves, restrained but extremely dense nose reminds me a bit of refill and old blends (could also have a grain proportion included - purely from the flavor profile)
    • Taste
      Strawberry jam, mint, snuff, rose water, oak, nutmeg, furniture polish, palm wax shoe polish, leather, cedar, shaving cream, chocolate
    • Finish
      very mild and soft - it takes more than a sip to generate a noticeable finish - then it is flattering and midlat

  4. JungleDram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. rabbitnose scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Its got the old maltyness with light sherry notes

    Thin shellow but still pleasant with nice balance.

    Not complex nor deep at any sides.. but still adorable. Light medium fisnish with lack of unpleasant tastes

    Very nice but nothing special about it

  6. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Flou scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    The 15-year-old Glendronach Revival was one of my absolute favorite whiskys when I started whisky. One more reason to try this old 15-year-old Glendronach and to see how the bottling differs from the Glendronachs of recent years. The only 40% alcohol content is generally not enough for me, but maybe the Glendronach can surprise with more fullness and intensity than I think ... I'm excited.

    It is immediately noticeable in the nose that this whisky is very different from the more modern bottlings. Intense sherry flows in the nose, incredibly sweet and with a completely different character ... from the tendency for me it is more towards the Couvreur. Everything is incredibly smooth and soft, the flavors have few edges. Honey sweetness combines with boiled strawberries, raspberries, cherries and plum jam. Raisins covered with milk chocolate and caramel are very present. A gentle spiciness fights through the sweet fruitiness and brings along with a little pepper and a little hint of lovage also the tart notes with hints of leather and old wooden furniture. So different from the current bottlings from Glendronach but wonderfully smooth and pleasant. The somewhat sour, fresher aromas that are found in the current bottlings alongside the typical deep Glendronach sherry aromas are missing. This makes the whisky a little dull, if you can put it like that.

    In the mouth, the whisky has a stronger start than I would have expected the 40% alcohol content. But it is still a bit thin and there is simply a lack of intensity and fullness. The spiciness literally tingles on the tongue without becoming too sharp, but more like carbon dioxide from the mouth. The tannins are now much stronger than they were on the nose. Chewed walnuts ensure dryness in the mouth, the raisins ensure a deep sweetness and the whole milk chocolate coating is now made of dark chocolate with more than 75% cocoa. The sweetness is no longer as dominant as when smelling. The leather is now becoming more and more intense, tobacco notes are being added. The bitterness of coffee is palpable. Compared to the nose, I lack the dominant fruitiness here. In the mouth, the bitter notes have the scepter in hand and the sweetness and fruitiness are present throughout, but no longer play the leading role. I liked the whisky a lot better in my nose.

    The finish is medium-long with pepper, which still provides a subtle sharpness in the mouth and the tart notes such as leather, wet tobacco, damp forest floor, old, slightly moldy wood and toasted aromas of coffee or slightly burnt bread crust. The sweetness is barely there, the dark fruits are present throughout the mouth, but rather as a soft veil, which envelops the tart flavors quite inconspicuously, but no longer plays a really important role. The finish is too bitter for me, the balance is no longer right. The woodiness goes too much in the musty direction, that's not my thing.

    Overall, I found the whisky in my nose really great. The taste could then no longer keep up with the current 15-year-old Glendronach and the finish drops off significantly for me.

    Because of the great aromas in the nose, the whisky gets a scarce 87/100 points from me with a clear downward tendency towards 86 points. In the past, things weren't always better.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    An interesting old Glendronach. It's very powerful on the nose, after all it's not bad, I just wouldn't have expected this on the taste. But there is a completely different flavor than the later 15yo Revival version!
    • Nose
      Old sherry, rum raisin, prune, antique skin, caramel, vegetables and a touch of spicy oak.
    • Taste
      It's completely different from the nose. Bigger oak and malt, but thinner than the strong smell. Few fruits, dark chocolate, vegetables, negro candy and bitter herbals.
    • Finish
      Medium length, bittersweet.

  10. Vince' scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: My first thought: milk-based walnut ice cream, with a sour old spicy sherry note (which almost always reminds me of lovage). After some time in the glass, the harsh oak flavors can be identified, which leave me long stale black tea with some mint, tobacco and leather associate. The alcohol is not present in any degree, wonders at 40% vol. But also not. But the aroma is not weak due to the alcohol either. He is a flatterer and has something of everything, Nothing really stands out. With more oxygen, the walnut ice vanishes note; earthy wood tones and old vinous, spicy sour sherry go hand in hand. In between, some dark chocolate and nut nougat always flash out of the flavors. I like the nose very much! Taste: Soft, old and damn spicy, it comes over in the first sip. Barely sweet and relatively low in acidity, but a great deal of old sherry that reminds me of old leather couches, tobacco, black tea and cocoa. Perfect mouthfeel and exactly my case. He generally looks older in taste than he is. Nevertheless, I think 43% or 46% vol. would have been a little better. The second sip is also impressive with no alcohol, an acid-spike approach, but can not prevail against the spice's strong spiciness. The finish is bittersweet and long-lasting spicy and goes back into cocoa. The finish is medium I would say. In general, the flavors are just my case, but 40% are a bit weak. Conclusion: delicious. I can hardly say more about that. A little weak on the chest because of the 40% vol., But still the flavors I was hoping for. If he was not that bad now, I might get a bottle.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

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