Glendronach 31-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
31 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Batch 3
Number of bottles
45.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 oct 2012 8:35 pm

Average value

€ 1916.95

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Whisky reviews for Glendronach 31-year-old

12 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.85 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2017] A quick review of a sample...

    ...which is one of the most unusual Glendronach I had so far, most probably they used some uncommon sherry casks for this batch. Is it good or bad - not too sure. At least it is very interesting and all in all, nice to drink but there are many better drams out there if you want to invest that much money.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is quite shy right after serving and opens up very slowly only. Even some water does not really help here.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is fat, sweet and balanced but there are not so many different flavours as one would expect from such an old sherry maturation. It is somehow simple, but with a very nice simplicity.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish dries out as what could be expected after looking at the colour of this stuff and recognising its age. It is a little short and not very complex, again. Use water careful only as this dram is not a good swimmer.

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  3. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Marx scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    A very handsome bottling of long-aged Glendronach, the malts that went

    into Grandeur have been aged over three decades in the finest sherry

    wood and the bottling is described by its proud owners as "a classical

    representation of the smooth, complex and full-bodied style that the

    GlenDronach Distillery is famous for."

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and excellent sherry

  6. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    the auction price is more real!

  8. XorLophaX scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: 94/100 points - "sweet, sweet dream". The Grandeur is one of the best Glendronachs, which I was able to taste until now in the price range <1.000 €. It offers a real wow experience and very intense aromas with indescribable complexity. Link to the tasting on my blog with photos:
    • Nose
      Wow, a huge, very intense nose with a very sweet fruitiness. You could almost call it rum. It offers dried plums, caramel, raisins, some smoke and wood. Very complex and just great, even hayfever-plagued whisky-makers will get their money's worth here.
    • Taste
      The Glendronach offers a mouth-filling taste sensation with aromas of plums, and caramel. In the background you can even find filigree notes of cotton candy. The Dürrobst dominates, however. With some time to breathe, it becomes heavier and more voluminous with notes of tar and sulfur.
    • Finish
      The extraordinarily long, sweet sherry finish is characterized by wood and dark chocolate. Towards the end some mocha.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I like it but I think it is a challenge and you need to take your time with it and let it sit on you palate to fully appreciate the complexity of the profile.

    Grandeur indeed.
    • Nose
      Smells old on balsamic vinegar, chocolate cherry liqueurs, ripe dark plums, plump raisins, new leather and a little plum sauce.
    • Taste
      It is certainly full bodied on whiffs of, prunes, plum, dark cherry. Initially there is a little oaky bitterness but this goes after a short time. I would not say its sweet per se but there is a little sweetness there.

      I also get dark plain bitter chocolate, blood orange and hints of fudge.
    • Finish
      Quite long and the bitter notes from the oak are fighting with the fruit all the time to the end.

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

    Wow - what an amazing dram. A real stunner! This is what mature sherried
    whisky should taste like. Perfectly balanced, rich, complex with a
    gorgeous nose, an outstanding palate and a beautiful finish. To me, this
    is heaven in a glass and very seductive!
    • Nose
      A tremendous potpourri of dark ripe fruits, dates, figs, rum-soaked
      black cherries and raisins is immediately present. Lingering sweet and
      rich sherry aroma, complemented by sticky toffee pudding and a fresh
      whiff of creamy balsamic vinegar. Polished furniture, sandalwood, bitter
      dark chocolate and dried tobacco leaves emerge with time and interact
      with sublime smoke and gentle oak spice. A gorgeous nose and an
      addictive sniffing dram.
    • Taste
      Nicely mature dark fruit on arrival. Big and intense palate. Very
      creamy, smooth even velvety with delicate rich old sherry flavours.
      There's significantly more dark chocolate present, as well as mocha and
      espresso tones. This is complemented by lingering nutty flavours,
      toasted almonds and walnuts, along with pleasant and typical Glendronach
      earthy notes and a touch of flintstone. A perfect harmony of fruit,
      chocolate and earthy notes.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and warm. Lingering sherry notes, roasted almonds and
      walnuts on top of richer, dark fruit notes and a lovely mocha

      WITH WATER: A bit more vibrant with an increased
      freshness on the nose. Creamy, sweet and fruity with lingering sherry,
      lovely nutty flavours and a creamy mocha finish on the palate.

  12. Drochaid scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    bottlers note:
    Color: Deep autumn gold with a warm amber glow. (Mahogany is just as good at it)
    Aroma: An enormous brew of fruits, nuts and berries, wrapped in a coffee mocha glaze. Celestial sweet sherry notes interact beautifully with the flavors of a sticky date pudding (caramel-date dessert).
    Taste: Very large and powerful aromas adorn every sip, but with a perfect balance and fineness. Initial aromas of spiced orange and rich notes of old Oloroso sherrys meet in the middle of the palate with toasted almonds, coffee and sugar syrup. The dry, concentrated aromas of almonds and Oloroso sherrys are balanced in perfect harmony of sultanas, chocolate and honey.

  13. Aetius scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A smooth, round and almost fat whisky. Has the girth and temperament of Santa Claus.
    • Nose
      Cloves, dates, and oaky orange. By far the most christmaspudding-y whisky I have ever tried.
    • Taste
      Sweet honey and lemony smoke. Very, very pleasant!
    • Finish
      Lemon and other citric fruits, cinnamon and strong flavours of burned sugar. A hint of bitterness?

  14. getz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Tasting Notes:

    Appearance: Deep autumn gold with a warm amber glow.

    Nose: A tremendous concoction of fruits, nuts and berries enveloped in a coffee mocha glaze. Sublime sweet sherry notes interact beautifully with sticky date pudding aromas.

    Palate: Very big and gutsy flavours adorn each mouthful, yet with perfect balance and refinement. Initial spiced orange flavours and rich old Oloroso sherry are met mid-palate with roasted almonds, coffee and treacle. The dry concentrated flavours from the almonds and the Oloroso sherry are balanced in perfect harmony with sultanas, chocolate and honey.

    Conclusions: Here is a dram that needs a great amount of time spent upon it, in order to be fully rewarded with its qualities. A memorable and captivating GlenDronach expression, for a very special occasion.


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