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Glendronach Cask Strength

Overall rating
88.25/100
votes
550
Whiskybase ID
WB36056
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch 1
Bottled
2012
Casktype
Vatting of Oloroso & Pedro Ximenez Casks
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
54.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LF11303
Barcode
5060088795101
Added on
04 oct 2012 2:35 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 499.50

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach Cask Strength

80 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.25 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Direct hit, exactly my thing! This powerful and voluminous Sherrymalt offers the full range of sherry flavors. Krischen, raisins, oranges, caramel, Toasted flavors, chocolate, spices and much more. This filling has a distinctive character for me and impresses with its power and abundance of aromas. A great Christmas malt, I like it very much!

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dark and intense sherry aromas stand out majestically from the premium snifter and exude their bewitching aroma from afar. Dark raisins and dates mingle with subtle roasted aromas, ripe oranges and black cherries mix to a powerful and spicy nose. Cinnamon powder trickles into creamy milk chocolate, honey drips on the raisins and dates. The cinnamon flavor is becoming more intense, the dark forest honey ends in a strong caramel note. Minimal sulfur appears from time to time, the dark berries harmonize very well with the sweet caramel and the extreme cinnamon note. The creamy milk chocolate invites me opulently to the first sip, my salivation is almost unbraked ...
    • Taste
      90 90
      Dark berries and fruit flatter the tongue at the first sip, spicy hints and creamy wood tones follow. Alcohol immediately becomes noticeable with a pleasant burning sensation on the tongue and between the lips. Spices mix with fruity orange and black cherries, the milk chocolate transforms over time into bitter dark chocolate. Cherries and currants dissolve, creamy caramel ends in an intense spicy note. The cinnamon aroma from the nose is also very present in the taste and tasty. Intensive and voluminous, this malt exudes its sheer irrepressible power and leaves its chubby warmth with Christmas spices and dark fruit flavors on the palate.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Warm and powerful, the dark sherry flavors rest on the tongue. Dark chocolate mixes with a handful of hazelnuts. Spicy wood tones and a touch of leather exude an interesting aroma, again a hint of sulfur rises. The sulfur aroma is almost unnoticeable after a few moments, but the pleasant sharpness is intensified again, as are the ripe cherries and the cinnamon aroma.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2013]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 52 Euro in February, 2013.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  My notes state a perfect modern style sherried dram with no flaws.  Very quaffable...

  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion more impressive than Batch 2. Not as good as the best single casks but still deserves recognition as a high quality malt.
    • Nose
      Based on sampling at a friend's. The sherry's heavier than in 12,15 or 18yo OBs, and covers the alcohol very well even when nosing it undiluted. The smell is deeper than A'bunadh's, and I'd guess this is a PX cask [not entirely correct, turns out it's a vatting of Oloroso and PX]. Nosed neat: A bit of nail polish, not much wood. Dates, sugar, and something a bit fatty which I guess will round out with water. Neat it's just too punchy so I'll add 2 teaspoons of water. Now there's the smell of fresh paint from a metal can followed by a bit of dough, wet clay, and for some odd reason I'm reminded of the smell of unwrapping the kind of a hamburger you'd get from a grill stand at 4am. It is a very good nose, very even and well defined.
    • Taste
      This one can and should take a lot of water. It's a total waste as long as the mouth stays vicious and burning but water opens it up. And what a body it is now: soft, but neither slick nor silky. Rather it's like plush on tongue and very, very juicy. Dark chocolate, liquorice and a good dose of sherry in a very condensed, powerful hit.
    • Finish
      Delightfully lasting and full compared to Glendronach 12,15, 18 or 21. The way it lingers is very satisfying.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    To his credit you can hardly feel the 54.8%, it feels like 43-46% on the tongue. Otherwise he may not really want to decide between spiciness and dark fruits, in any case the two types of aroma are not really in harmony.
    (Fassstark.de taste experiment 2022)
    • Nose
      84 84
      Restrained, shy, initially revealing very few aromas. There are grapes and blackberries slowly working their way forward, chervil and thyme add a pleasant spiciness. Opens up more and more, but remains discreet and is not intrusive. Cocoa, malt, fresh raisin bread.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Dried dates and figs, raisin bread, raspberry chewing gum, some menthol. Mild start. Fresh leather, tobacco leaves.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Quite short and with a minty spiciness on the lips. Pepper, Sugar Beet Syrup, Malt.

  5. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Balance sheet (22)
    Very cool! (90)
    The
    • Nose
      Leather, peel, lacquer and mint candy ... licorice ... exotic fruits ... pastry with orange (23)
      The
    • Taste
      Spicy, creamy ... dried fruits and skin (23)
      The
    • Finish
      Finish is long, warm ... a tree and a drop of varnish ... tobacco ... dried fruits and a wine bone ... orange and pepper (22)
      The

  6. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    blind tasting

    that's a hammer
    I liked
    • Nose
      sweet, dark berries, some liquorice, oak, slightly eraser, mini musty, mini cola coming, earth (a bit damp), late sweet berries, full of sherry!!, old wood, Maggie coming, salty

      with water: more Maggie!!
    • Taste
      full, round, oily
      strange, sherry, oak!!!, becomes sweet, slightly treated wood, a note that I can't name, a bit musty, very spicy, dark chocolate ~70%

      with water: soft, cardboard, weird (slightly medicinal)
    • Finish
      long
      tingles, tart (different), slightly spicy, sticks to the tongue, a chemical note, warm, some espresso

      with water: dark chocolate ~75%

  7. JFo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweetness, (salt) caramel, spiciness, orange (but without strong citrus notes), speculoos, slightly alcoholic stinging, no smoke, overall okay, but quite unspectacular
    • Taste
      86 86
      Wood, slightly spiciness, very sweet and warming, red fruits, maybe dried, spicy, the speculoos note reappears very briefly, overall quite tasty
    • Finish
      86 86
      Sweet, not dry, medium length

  8. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting - Fassstark.de Taste Experiment 2022

    Really good, great nose, full mouthfeel. Water tickles the nose a little, but the mouth feels more like watering down - so be careful when adding water.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Beautiful and at the same time not overpowering sherry aromas. Hazelnuts, dark fruit compote of plums and cherries, old oak, brown sugar. Alcohol stings at first. Behind it a fresh note like herbal essence (thyme?). A few drops of water will loosen the fruit even more.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong mouthfeel, everything from the nose is there: dark fruit with plums and cherries, nuts, sparkling oak spice, white pepper. With the addition of water: milder and creamier, less oaky.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium length, tapering out nicely. Sweet compote, with an emphasis on oak notes towards the end, espresso, becoming dry on the tongue.

  9. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Blind probe
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. Gloin scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Fantastic nose, even better taste, finish falls off a bit, but overall top class
    • Nose
      Raisin, nut, plum, tobacco, vanilla, oak, raspberry, fresh, lively, yet ripe
    • Taste
      Strong attack, then sweet, but also oak, wild berries, plums, vanilla, hardly any bitterness
    • Finish
      warm, oak, memory of the fruit

  11. lipphi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

  12. rolabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. sphinx scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  14. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. glendronach64 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty, the sherry taste is very present, a highlight in my collection.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Very aromatic, sherry, semolina, raisins, sweet and fruity
    • Taste
      90 90
      Fruity and sweet, the raisins are present, it becomes slightly bitter towards the finish.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and sweet, some dark chocolate sticks to the palate

  16. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I agree with Serge on this point

  17. Erik1908 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is simply an example of why I love Glendronach so much.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Beautiful, beautiful sherry nose, in combination with raisins and exotic fruit. A few drops of water makes it even more intense. This you want to smell all night by keeping the nose above the glass.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Full power. Another few drops of water calm things down. What is left is a great combination of sherry, spices and exotic fruit.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Very long finish! Spices overrule fruit and sherry flavors.

      Unfortunately only a sample and I have to leave it with that. A price of close to 200 Euro or even more is just not worth it.

  18. MacEllink scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    Topper, unfortunately very rare

  19. MacEllink scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    Perfect wiskey, Batch 1-2 and 3 are the best

  20. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  21. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    good thing
    • Nose
      91 91
      At first, a very restrained nose, even in a blender glass there was a straightforward sherry, without special shades and variety. After about an hour, he finally began to play with a certain palette of ripe plums, dark chocolate, mint and herbal tea
    • Taste
      89 89
      the taste is not that thin, but rather fluid, flowing, chocolate and tobacco
    • Finish
      88 88
      at the finish, the dark chocolate starts to get very bitter

  23. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  24. Defeatless scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very good CS. NAS as NAS should be, not cheap quickly matured and young overpriced whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
      A very good and intense old school sherried nose. Some dark spices, speculaas (Dutch biscuit), and some dried red fruits. With some time and air, dusty old cabinets and shoe polish.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mellow and oily. Not getting a punch of alcohol, which usually means very well aged and blended!
      A lot of savoury sherry notes, liquorish and some red fruit candies.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long length. Quite some caramel influences beside the expected red fruits and dark spices.
      Fades away a bit woody, without being dry of tannic.

  25. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A heavenly sherry bomb
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sherry aromas, raisins, oranges, chocolate, honey, cinnamon, caramel.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Chocolate, hazelnut, spicy, leather, light sulfur, cinnamon.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long finish, delicious dark sherry.

  26. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A heavenly sherry bomb
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sherry aromas, raisins, oranges, chocolate, honey, cinnamon, caramel.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Chocolate, hazelnut, spicy, leather, light sulfur, cinnamon.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long finish, delicious dark sherry.

  27. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The nose is beautiful, the palate is hot and the finish is sour.
    It is a dram which showed promise but fell flat. A good nosing dram
    • Nose
      88 88
      Opens with sweet maraschino cherries with a touch of dry cinnamon and cloves. Soft notes of leather.
      Water settles the spice and allows the balance of sweet and classic sherry to shine.
    • Taste
      85 85
      It's a powerful one, full of red berries, strong cherry notes and even stronger spice. Coming in a little hot! Theres chocolate powder in there.
      With water it calms a spice but releases a lot of the sour oak notes which take away from the original sweetness.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Woody spices, some sour oak in there and touches of new oak.

  28. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A sherry bomb but very well integrated sherry, really good

  29. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Spicy sherry, yet relatively little tannins. For leather and "dark aromas". Woodier than the Glenfarclas 105. But equally good.

  30. Dottore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    BLIND TASTING

    N: Bitter almond aroma, dark notes of sweet wine (sherry?), Yes almost rum notes, molasses, vanilla, cotton candy, slightly coconut. In the end, fresh-minty
    M: Very nice. Candied hazelnuts, vanilla pudding, strong spices through mouth and nose. Cardamom, a little pepper, a little nutmeg. Very sweet, very spicy. Hardly any bitterness, ha and here maybe a small association of glue. Fermented grapes
    A: Long, intense sherry notes and intense sweetness, the mouth is drying slowly ... Beautiful!

    Tip: Do not believe in a bourbon. think that could be a Kavalan. intensive Fassreifung in the sweet wine barrel in the tropics can produce such flavors. 56%. A few years.

  31. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    1st bath of this young whisky which imposes by its rather pronounced scents and invigorating!
    the sherry is much less put forward, we feel a little glue, peppery spices, dust and cooked mandarin.
    • Nose
      less roundness, rather rough form with dried fruits, walls and confits, but not candied, it is thinner, after a bit bitter coffee, a little malt, wood quite dry and strong! vanilla in return.

  32. Calmar scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A magnificent sample of whisky, amazing aroma and taste, perfect balance, pronounced character, sane price - must have. Unfortunately, the batch 2 did not support the high bar, so if there is an opportunity - do not miss it.
    • Nose
      A powerful wave of sweet dried fruits - raisins, dried apricots, lemon peels, mint, fragrant pipe tobacco, even more likely a wooden box in which were stored different types of tobacco and their smells mixed with the smell of wood, chocolate. A beautiful kaleidoscope of smells, then one other fragrance comes to the fore, replaces each other, strengthens, fades away, everything is very concentrated, the strength is felt, but it does not interfere, but as it emphasizes the power - you can enjoy it for a very long time. Excellent.
    • Taste
      Bitterness of oak, grapefruit crust with sweetness of dried fruits (raisins prevails), powerfully, together, great, there is no desire to disassemble and analyze the components, you just want to enjoy, a wonderful balance, an ideal fortress.
    • Finish
      Continuation of taste, bitter and sweet symphony of dried fruits and oak, light pepper / ginger, creamy toffee, boiled condensed milk, long, pleasantly refreshing.

  33. HunterRomario scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    These are notes from the blind test, which was prepared by Senoy at this year's Whisky Festival. It gives him great thanks for the excellent tasting. My second tasting of this whisky has gone well for a few years.
    • Nose
      The smell is heavy, a lot of sherry. Fencing (that would affect PX?). Spices, chocolate. Sharpness of alcohol, pungency, a little windy, pancakes and figs. (93 b)
    • Taste
      Very sweet, full, strong. Dried plums. Figs, dates. Sweet spicy, a lot of cinnamon. Overall, this is a great whisky. (93 b)
    • Finish
      Alcohol is about 55%. It looks like Scotland, the area I'd give Highland, probably a single cask series from GlenDronach, age would guess 22 yo. Maximum, if it's a catch, it could still be Amrut Spectrum.

  34. whiskycuse scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/glendronach-cask-strength-batch-1-ob-2012/

  35. Ziggy24 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  36. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  37. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  38. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Butterscoth. Grain. Vanilla. Banana. Cheesecake. Oloroso sherry. 
    • Taste
      Caramel. Toffee. Honey. Simple but nice. Not too much wood.
    • Finish
      Medium long.

  39. Waykid scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is quite okay, though I like the heavily sherried single casks much more.
    • Nose
      Rowan jam, arrack-punch, raisins, dates, some cherries and chocolate-fudge.
    • Taste
      Sweet and luscious, toffee, cherries, something parfumy, stingy-sweet and sour. Very nice.
    • Finish
      Middle long and sweet with fruity toffee.

  40. Goethe scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great job on this CS Glendronach. The pallet is telling you about it's age when you are accustomed to older CS versions. Nevertheless quite a good job.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10 (2016)
    • Nose
      Sherry, dried glue, hazelnut, orange zest, dates, sugar candy, plums, chocolate, dried fruits.
    • Taste
      Sweet sherry, rasins, plums, sugar candy, orange zest.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Sherry, dry, gingerbread.

  41. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  42. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The very first batch of GlenDronach's Cask Strength range is rich,
    intense and full of flavour with an impressive balance. A wonderful
    whisky with lovely notes of sherry, raisins, caramel, chocolate and
    spice. A delightful dram with incredible depth. Another perfect
    expression of the unique GlenDronach character.

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      A rich nose with huge notes of dried fruits, dates, and raisins.
      Lingering flavours of butterscotch arrive, combined with chocolate,
      caramelised ginger, orange peel, subtle cinnamon and a delicate touch of
      walnuts as well. Deep and very appealing.
    • Taste
      Bold and intense. Very sweet on the palate with delicious sherry-derived
      flavours, dates and raisins. Sweet notes of caramel and demerara sugar
      are very well balanced with slightly bitter aromas of orange peel and
      pink grapefruit. Creamy, even silky with chocolate and a lovely
      spiciness derived from oak, white pepper, ginger and nutmeg. Absolutely
      delicious.
    • Finish
      A wonderfully long and sweet finish with rum-coated raisins, cocoa
      powder and delicate walnut notes, with a whiff of cardamom in the
      aftertaste. Great balance.

      WITH WATER: Water increases the
      creaminess on the nose with more spices, and additional tobacco leaves
      and tender leathery notes coming through. On the palate more bitter
      notes of pink grapefruit and orange peel arrive which work quite well
      with the sweet and spicy profile. The finish is a bit shorter with warm
      and vibrant spices. Very pleasant and slowly fading nutty flavours.

  43. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  44. olivieroscari did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    notes from whisky fun :

    Glendronach ‘Cask Strength’ (54.8%, OB, batch 1, 2012)
    This is a brand new one and a vatting of oloroso and PX casks. I know
    Glendronach isn’t officially a Speysider but I think it does behave like
    a Speysider. Ahem. Colour: amber. Nose: … and yet a very similar
    profile, I wouldn’t say that the PX brought much more roundness and
    sweetness – so far. So a lot of dried fruits again, Corinthian raisins,
    rich tobacco, chocolate, bacon, mint… and quite some fresh walnuts as
    well (skins). With water: more leather, game and tobacco (cigar humidor)
    as well as whiffs of black truffles. Mouth (neat): now it’s sweeter,
    and quite unusual too. Oh, and rather brilliant. Starts quite nervous,
    on pink grapefruits and ginger tonic, before some beautiful notes of
    tangerine liqueur and gingerbread join in the dancing. Absolutely
    lovely. With water: more bitter oranges and more ‘greenness’ (herbs,
    chlorophyll) that go very well with this profile. Finish: long, creamy,
    not cloying at all. Great balance. More black raisins, cocoa powder and
    cardamom in the aftertaste. Comments: well, it seems that they did it
    again. Big yet impressively balanced. Not too sure about the price but
    it’ll probably be a bargain. SGP:562 - 91 points

  45. Bram84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  46. mika417 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    GLENDRONACH CASK STRENGTH BATCH 1 / 54.8% OB Sherry, Solvent, Plum, Cherry, Orange, Chocolate, Scent in the richness A firm berry type, acidity and sweetness, taste that feels tannin with deepness like coffee and chocolate Spicy mortar with good balance, finish with a comfortable alcoholic feeling. Official Cask Contention Batch 1, expectation also swells with being called the first release. Dried fruit and berry scents and flavors spread after half a bottle, it feels good. While there is a young nuance, it is quite amazing bottle that feels sweetness and creaminess firmly and also deepness. http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/distilled1973/40266096.html

  47. squaadgras scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  48. lyndondd428 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    N: sherry monster, it was said. Tons of strawberries, cherries and above all raisins; then a lot of dried fruit (hazelnut, but also dried figs) and a beautiful harmonious wood. There is also a vinous tip, acidognola, probably a bit of citrus (and there are suggestions of chinotto ...); then chocolate, also gianduia. Very, very 'round'. Almonds (in fact, chocolate with almonds), then almond paste, marzipan, dried figs, also something of a marmellato ... Very good so far, it suggests a good palate full of flames of flavors. P: here too, very good. In addition to exuberant traces of red fruit (cherries in spirit), it is a majestic aromatic wood sheet, which helps to create a not too sweet whisky (even if the influence of PX is clear, both on the nose and on the palate ), not blatantly fruity, but of splendid roundness and elegance. Marzipan "in thunder", as we say true young; then, even crisp notes of dates! Nutmeg, still dried fruit (hazelnut) and a light pepatino. A compact and classy flavor. Still chocolate, dark. F: intense, long and smooth ... Still chocolate; the red fruit resists and struggles with us. Then hazelnut, dried figs. Round and 'deep': great wealth, discrete complexity, impressive intensity. GlenDronach of these times does not miss a shot ... We seemed to be able to distinguish the influence of the barrels of Pedro Ximenez, both on the nose and on the palate, with a sweet and sugary component never blatant but really pleasant. If you want to taste it, it is open in Milan by Cadenhead's (or Alcoholic Alchemy ) in via Poliziano. http://whiskyfacile.com/2013/01/28/glendronach-cask-strength-2012-ob-batch-1-541/

  49. Ciro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  50. q-runa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  51. Zumbar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    tasted at the whisky lounge Esbjerg 21/2 2014
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  52. Rom scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Superb hazelnut nose and intense honey, fresh butter, vanilla, caramel, coffee and cedar suggestions. Drying mouth with balanced tannins. Powerful but very mellow, on rancio, honey and pepper. Final warming on the dust. Very good Sherry.

  53. Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    notes by Billy Walker (Master Distiller Glendronach)
    • Nose
      A luscious balance of succulent sherry aromas explode in honey drizzled golden sultanas spiced by warm oak and gentle ginger.
    • Taste
      Intense toffee and cocoa cascade into the rich sherry soaked dark fruits. Zested orange explodes in the long alcohol infused chocolate fondant
    • Finish
      long and lingering

  54. Goodfella6 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  55. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  56. Whisky_Wolf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  57. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  58. jpofnorway scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Cherry and
      strawberry jam.  Orange marmalade.  A hint of mint and pepper.  Definitely
      chocolate and a really nice sweetness.  Quite spicy, but I think a tad
      less heavy-handed on the spices than for instance the Aberlour A’bunadh (94)
    • Taste
      Juicy at
      first, but slightly tannic and quick drying. Dark dried fruits (raisin, orange,
      plum, fig) and again very sweet.  Hints of tobacco and damp woods. 
      Now the spices are nipping at the tongue. Lovely! (93) 
    • Finish
      Long and perfect, just the
      way I like it. (92)

  59. jpofnorway scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  60. Xstream scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This is like the Octarine (which is very nice too) on steroids. Fruity, from more fresh to ripe towards the finish, with white & milk chocolate, honey, toffee, caramel and mild spices. With a mouth watering finish.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      97 97

  61. whioli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  62. ricallende scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  63. Angelos scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I believe the whisky for Batch1 is a bit older than those which have been used for Batch 2 + 3. It is just an opinion. It comes more ripe than the other ones! Anyway... Batch 2 remains my favourite one!
    • Nose
      Oranges, almost zest, some grapefruit, caramel, milk chocolate (Crepes with nutella and grated coconut)
    • Taste
      Ripe oranges, caramel, grapefruit, mild tannins from the oak (european I believe), raisins, strawberries, some cranberries, sweet chocolate
    • Finish
      Medium with some lemon oil, cranberries again, mild tannins

  64. Chemist scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasting video by Horst Lüning
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X5LwDg9H6A

  65. HunterRomario scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Although he has more alcohol than Batch 2, he is sharper, and water is a razor (which I do not mind, on the contrary, I like it), but the solidity and boldness of batch 2 points me even more. The points are 90:88 for me for Batch 2. Both are excellent.
    • Nose
      Sharp, velvety, raisins, chocolate, shiny spicy, cinnamon. With water, the aroma remains unchanged. (87 b)
    • Taste
      Without water very sharp, dry, velvety chocolate. The water helps her, develops, spreads, sherry and raisins appear. The mouthpiece is long, chocolate. (89 b)

  66. Ivynor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The set seemed quite young and a little dry. For lovers of this type of sherry. (tasted in July 2013)
    • Nose
      Spices, a lot of wood, cooked fruits, prune, armagnac.
    • Taste
      sweet, sweet. Wood, dried fruits, bitter cocoa. The whole is quite dry and a little young. Alcohol well integrated.
    • Finish
      Long, wood, vanilla, cocoa.

  67. Allandale scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    the first batch,but not the last one.
    • Nose
      a very good balance of sherry aromas, honey, sultanas, spiced by warm oak and ginger.
    • Taste
      Toffee,intense, cocoa, rich sherry soaked dark fruit,chocolate,

      orange, complex.
    • Finish
      long and lingering,see up.

  68. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    ‘Dronach does it once again for me. I bought it to experience a
    cross-section between the core range of Glendronach, and I was not
    disappointed. Its high ABV offers good bang for the buck. When it comes
    to other sherry-bombs, my only comparable experience is from Macallan
    10yo CS, which I rated quite high as well, but does not have the nuances
    and edges like this one. Love it!
    • Nose
      Surprisingly tame on the alcohol blast, but with a deep heavy sweetness.
      Immediately, there is a hint of acetone, reminiscent of some bourbon
      whisky, but IMO much more pleasant. Infused plums, bordering to prunes,
      and nutmeg follow. Many people have cinnamon associations with this
      one, but I can’t find those, sadly. Overall, it is very fruitcakey,
      pretty much like all sherried Glendronachs. For those who find a lot of
      sulphur in their GDs, I can’t detect any in this bottling at all. After
      letting it breathe for a while I can discern coffee, milk chocolate, and
      vanilla. Good lord! It took a while, but it benefits immensely from
      some air! With water: Don’t add too much! There is the chance
      of drowning this dram very easily for some reason. It becomes lighter
      and fruitier. Apples and oranges are more pronounced and offer a glimpse
      into the younger shades of this dram.
    • Taste
      Neat, it definitely shows its CS nature – an explosion of dark autumnal
      fruits and marzipan, coupled with a very minor oakiness. Very dense!
      Sweet vanilla and zesty oranges follow right away. With water: Even sweeter, and for some reason spicier. I have not found my sweet spot for adding water yet.
    • Finish
      Medium long, but very warming. Overall it is now perfectly in the middle
      between very sweet and very dry – just right! Tannins remain and
      together with the vanilla paint a pleasant finish. It is not very old,
      so it does not linger as long as, let’s say, the 21yo Parliament, but
      its impressive nonetheless.

  69. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  70. checkpointuk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/glendronach-tasting-teil-1-standardabfuellungen-gute-qualitaet-fuer-kleines-geld-27903/ Color: Old Sauternes / Heller amber
    Nose: Only slightly fruity dry, cinnamon, ginger, spicy pepper, tobacco and glue, some lemon and hints of apples; fresh and dull at the same time!
    Taste: Very sweet with a lot of honey and sugar water. Again chocolate, unsweetened coffee, spicy herbs, pepper and salty nuts (above all a mighty sweetness hovers!)
    Finish: Medium to long, with aromas of tart almonds, fresh honey, leather and some wood. Herbs and nuts overflow the last fruit flavors.
    Rating: No clear direction, slightly edgy in the taste!
    86 points (nose: 85 / taste: 85 / finish: 87)

  71. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: Raspberry, cherry, pastry, apple, candy, plum, honey, orange, beeswax, vanilla, mocha, nougat and tobacco.
    T: Prune, cherry, orange, beeswax, apple, caramel, almond and tea.
    F: Orange, honey, vanilla, caramel and a little eucalyptus. Though the sherry is prominent in the taste, in the finish the whisky's natural character clearly surfaces.

    Quite different from the treacly
    dark pallets of most other GlenDronach expressions. Though that is how I like GlenDronach best, I love the complexity of this expression.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  72. aby scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    younger ofcourse than most single casks from Glendronach, but it can compare with these.

    Great quality-price ratio.

  73. Titi94 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTE LMDW: Color: old gold with amber highlights. Nose: rich, unctuous. The sherry's influence is magnificent, and it brings out profusely currants, eucalyptus, leather, fresh tobacco, walnuts, bergamot, curry, vanilla, dark chocolate, and more. a pinch of salt In reality, the nose is stunning with finesse and complexity. Palate: firm, powerful. Glendronach's strength of character is fully expressed, and sherry is less entrepreneurial, leaving the prerogatives to malted barley. The mid-palate is lactic (coconut, crème fraîche), herbaceous and liquorice. True gourmet, it makes us savor notes of toffee and gingerbread. Final: long, balanced. We imagine the grapes drying on the ground under the Andalusian sun to concentrate all their sugars. The atmosphere is heady, very nourished with flavors of tobacco, leather and spices (cardamom, cinnamon). The retro-olfaction is loaded with vanilla-bourbon pods and the empty glass is camphorated and chocolatey. Comment: when this single malt takes such voluptuous airs, impossible to resist. How not to fall under the autumnal charm of the aromatic palette and taste of this version bottled to the natural degree. The omnipresent sherry forces The Glendronach's distillate to draw from deep within itself the necessary ingredients for its malty balance.

  74. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: whole meal bread, chocolate, caramel, mocca, orange, strawberries, cherry, chocolte milk and oloroso nuts

    T: light bitter, chocolate, coconut and drying

    F: drying, spices, bitter and orange

    the nose is the best part

  75. yapi scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    You can not judge this one fully without giving it time in the glass and after the first sip, adding some water. It opens up and gets balance like no other... Full & Great stuff from Glendronach. 

  76. ALouis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose:

    dried fruits, vanilla, tobacco, chocolate and leather

    Mouth: 

    sweet and round, very balanced

    fruits, lemon and oranges, spicy, chocolate and leather

  77. Cabardi scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    N: walnut, dark chocolate, dried oranges / apricots, cranberries, marzipan, cotton candy? T: figs, dried fruit, sherry, milk chocolate, black tea, coffee Q: Long

  78. alectron scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Might have had my hopes too high. This feels a bit syrupy/sweet and painted 'ontop', leaving some balance to be desired. Still a pretty good dram.
    • Nose
      First of: sweet raisins, marzipan, bready/yeasty, toothpaste, some wood spices plus vanilla/caramel, and a slight meaty note (85)
      A bit later: a musty note coming through, leather & fennel (?), wood gets a bit of a plywood note, (84)
      Later: wet tobacco, less upfront wood, (86)
    • Taste
      sherry, raisins, tobacco, black tea, (86)
    • Finish
      sherry turns winey-er than on the tongue, some chocolate, some barley/grist, some tannins, vanilla essence coming through towars the end with a slight bitterness, some licorice, (85)

  79. Andy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  80. Willie JJ scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very nice GlenDronach and for once the sulphur is muted and inoffensive.
    • Nose
      Mochachino with orange oil. Cedary with a little struck match and firework peeking through the underlying floral notes. A bit medicinal, even with water.
    • Taste
      A massive explosion of heavily sugared orange oil. The choco notes give it charm and there's little sign of the sulphur here. Really nice with a (very) few drops of water.
    • Finish
      The sulphur is back now but not bad. Some notes of gravy browning. Nice with the water.

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