Glendronach 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
16 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks
48.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Grey box, no tube
Bottle code
Bottled for
South Africa Exclusive
South Africa South Africa
Added on
01 jul 2013 8:30 pm

Average value

€ 665.71

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Whisky reviews for Glendronach 16-year-old

19 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.85 points.

  1. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Substantial Dronach for a fair retail price. Like it better than the 15, great abv. @48%. Probably older casks involved, too, as was quite common back then due to distillery shutdown from mid 1996 to early 2002. Recommended.

  2. EvilAFI scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is a great balanced fruity butterscotchy but not over sherried Glendronach, the oak and spice play a role but let the rest shine. Very well done
    • Nose
      92 92
      Fruity, raisin, plum, stewed fruits, orange, leather, milk chocolate
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily and fruity, blueberry, raisin, plum, tangy oak, orange, butterscotch, light spice.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, fruity but now dried fruits, bittersweet, mocha,

  3. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity, raisins, cinnamon.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Need some time first. Then soft and sweet.
      Nice and greasy.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Soft, warm aftertaste. All different flavors come by again.
      Remains nice and long.

  4. PX-Michl scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    The GlenDronach 16 Year Old Platinum is a little known release from this Speysider which, next to a general release, also saw a special release for Germany, Taiwan and South Africa. Thanks to The Bonding Dram, I get to taste the latter one. It was launched in 2012.

    It is quite different from the 15 years old Revival. Much sweeter on the nose on butterscotch and cinnamon, while plums, raisins and dades are certainly there. But it is much cleaner, if you know what I mean. Some Café Frappé, mocha and hints of leather and fresh cherries. Some stewed apples with clear hints of milk chocolate. I quite like this.

    It is oily, round and mouth coating. Wonderfully sweet on candied sugar, toffee, mokatine and Christmas cake. Dried fruit. Milk chocolate. Less dirty than the Revival and very elegant.

    The finish is long with a nice spiciness with just a touch of bitterness from the oak.

    While this one is more interesting that the Revival or even the Allardice, it’s price tag will lead me towards those two first, though. But what a great GlenDronach indeed.

  6. Lorion scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Grandios in the nose and finish. The palate is a bit spicy. 87 points.
    • Nose
      Dark berry fruits. Autumn forest. Foliage, earth, leather. Fermented fruit. Chocolate.
    • Taste
      Dryer than expected. The alcohol is a bit tickling. The autumn forest is full, raisins too. Delicately, a sweet announces itself. With the swallow he unfolds. A fruit load. Dark chocolate. Leather. Dryness.
    • Finish
      Long, dark fruit. Leathery and dry.

  7. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An intense sherry character par excellence. The nose is still relatively restrained, on the palate unfolds then all sherry clothing with dark fruit and herbs. Get in the process of a proper oak accentuation, as similar, as one also knows from the Parliament.
    • Nose
      Sherry, oak, herbs, some leather. Everything done fine; The basic characteristic reminds me a bit of the Parliament, but in a gentle variant. Damp, leafy forest floor.
    • Taste
      Pleasant tingling, then the sherry, the dark fruits, all done on the still damp forest floor. A very nice continuation of the nose, dark fruit and oak in the herb bed (thyme, cardamom) also follow.
    • Finish
      Intensive medium-long finish, this time with oak accent and slight bitterness.

  9. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A great malt! It would be better in my opinion, if the sherry would take a little more back ...
    • Nose
      Gorgeous sherry nose, not intrusive, rather soft and discreet. It's fruity, ripe grapes, red apples, a little vanilla.
    • Taste
      Strong in the start, driving the saliva, my mouth is lapped by sweet sherry. But the wood is not too short. Warm, mature, full-bodied.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity finish.

  10. Kenn scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior
    10-2016 €175,00

  11. Glennie scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Distinct sherry. Raisins, prunes and dates. Spicy
    with cinnamon and cloves. Perhaps some baked/stewed fruit. Hints of leather,
    chocolate and perhaps some coffee.

    Taste: Sweet. Demarera sugar and sweet dried fruits. A bit
    of toffee. Becomes more dry and  and
    spicy. Christmas cake. Hard roasted espresso coffee. Chocolate.

    Finish: The sweetness stays into the finish that dries out
    towards the end. Medium to long. Lovely and warm. The oak is present, but not too bitter at all.

    A very nice sherried
    whisky. Hints of sulphur but nothing that spoils the event for me. Beware if
    you are sulphur sensitive.

    Not worth the money at todays prices since the Glendronach standard bottlings
    can match this one (Revival and Allerdice).

    Time in the glass helps this one. Reduces the sulphur note, enhances the sweetness and removes the small alcohol bite it has at first. 

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

  12. Kenn scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior
    03-2016 £137,50

  13. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    He is a little bit alcoholic at the beginning. Needs time in the glass. Then he develops very fantastically. Nice musty earthy note through the deep heavy sherry. Very full and sweet. PX?
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  14. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    in the aroma it is a typical Glendronach
    in the taste it is then quite bitter ... and a little lacks the counterbalance of sweetness and fruit
    not better for me than a revival or allardice ... to the parliament he can not get my opinion
    • Nose
      fat sherry
      Raisins, with a touch to rum raisins
      brown, caramelized sugar
      and a herbaceous spiciness
    • Taste
      slight alcoholic sharpness
      behind it comes the heavy sherry and the sweetness
      the oak is also clearly noticeable
      the second sip makes it even more bitter, the sweetness and fruit recede
    • Finish
      but especially bitter oak

  15. Kenn scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

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

  16. Vince scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Over-rated.   Starts out well with typical GD palate, but then dries up and becomes quite bitter at finish (sides of tongue), pointing to excessive sulphur.  Stick with standard bottles.

  17. ASWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose, mouth and finish harmonize
    again a Glendronach with alcohol
    but you have them
    at always welcomed Dram
    • Nose
      a touch of alcohol
      soft raisins
      dark sherry
      mild seasoning
      Leather, oranges
      soft harmonic notes
      intense fruity sweetness
      Caramel, buttery,
    • Taste
      soft start
      Cherry and raisin sauce
      candle wax
      on the palate alcohol
      Seasoning, cloves, cardamom
      slightly bitter
    • Finish
      dark chocolate powder
      dark fruit in the background

  18. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Great Dronach.
    • Nose
      Very nice nose, sweet, slightly alcoholic some raisins and dark sherry notes.
    • Taste
      Deep dark sweet, then more moderate, the sherry takes a short run and hurls an incredible oak cargo on the taste buds. The 48% may be a touch too much.
    • Finish
      He stays positive long and slightly sweet in the mouth.

  19. Alex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    tried this one with the 15yo Revival head to head:

    while both have the rich Oloroso sherry character, the 16yo is cleaner, fruitier (prunes, raisins, cherry), smoother, more polished and elegant while the 15yo Revival shows more the nutty, mushroomy and wet forest profile. Both are very complex. In regards of taste I prefer the 16yo, while the 15yo is the better value for your money.

  20. Fable scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Rossi99 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    prunes, honey notes are quite enjoyable and pretty smooth
    Unfortunately there is tiny hint of gun flints inside..

  22. Nilles scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    (Official notes of Glendronach distillery)
    • Nose
      Delicious spiced honey sweetens the cascading succulent raisins and sultanas, gentle coffee and walnut cake is zested by a hint of flamed orange. Waves of freshly mashed barley round the aromas.
    • Taste
      A torrent of ripe stewed red fruits spills over sweet sticky dates, a dusting of mocha combined with freshly cut herbs, then gently mellows to the earthy nuttiness of classic aged oak, luscious sweet barley stays throughout and lasts to the warming, moreish end.


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