Glendronach 1971

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Batch 8
Stated Age
42 years old
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon
Number of bottles
44.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Jul 2013 5:43 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3892.62

48 × in wishlist

85 × member ratings

86 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1971

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.48 points

  1. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Beautiful! Really, the first word that comes to mind is just „beautiful“. This one needs time…. Huge notes of brown sugar, dried raisins, maple syrup, antique balsamic vinegar, menthol, blackberries and the finest cassis liqueur. Teakwood, furniture polish and damp wine cellar. Delicate fruit acid, meaty rancio and whiffs of cigar tobacco. The richness of this nose is almost overwhelming.

    Taste: Creamy and velvety arrival. Old cassis liqueur, the most expensive chocolate, walnuts and freshly brewed espresso. Very leathery! A wonderful, creamy and fruity balsamic acidity appears. Stunning complexity and very „alive“ for it’s age! In the finish is where the oak speaks loudest: herbal and pronounced leathery notes, rich espresso and drops of sweet and salty hoisin sauce remain

    Comments: A stellar cask! Really, this dark sherry oldtimer is a classic masterpiece. At this age, you might be afraid that the oak would just dominate and kill any complexity, but this one just goes to show that these old sherry casks are some of the best things the scottish whisky industry has to offer. It could need a few more %ABV for one or two extra points, but this is just fantastic as it is. If you can get a sample, try it! /92


  2. Mikee did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


    So… a 42 year old GlenDronach. Does life get any better than this? (hint: no). I was very lucky (and so thankful) to have gotten a wee sample of this nectar for review. It’s part of the GD batch 8 of single casks I’ve blogged about recently (here). But this is the real deal. an older 42 year old PX cask matured, is not something you encounter on a daily basis, and that is a shame… Only 432 bottles ever existed, and i bet most are going to remain sealed for some time.Glendronach 1971 cask 1246 42 yo , 44.6% , Sold out (£679)Nose: Lovely prunes juice as well as older wood , wood varnish, spices, some mushroom , hints of leather, sugar and vinegar, with a touch of wet chopped grass. at just over 44 % it’s very gentle.Palate: Rather gentle due to the lower alcohol, but just as majestic : big prune juice, dates, roasted coffee beans, spices: cloves, cinnamon, chocolate. add some plums, ripe cherries, and mint.Finish: Cinnamon, mint and dark prune jam.So how was it? lovely, lovely . And quite lively at 42 yo . not a tad over woody! And a fantastic dram. I love it, and not because it’s old. It’s just so good, well balanced and delivers just what I’d expect from an older GD . Yes, Sir.Score: 93/100

  3. Amsterdam scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    Batch 8 contains the following 8 bottles:

    1971 cask 1246
    1990 cask 2971
    1991 cask 5409
    1992 cask 145
    1993 cask 3
    1994 cask 101
    1996 cask 1490
    2002 cask 1988

  4. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Producer`s tasting notes:

    Colour: Antique dark oak.
    Nose: Traditional aged sherry notes offer hints of leather,

    concentrated prune syrup and a deep herbal balance.

    Palate: A dynamic depth of aged sherry characteristics;

    clove, cinnamon, dark roasted coffee beans and rich, dark fruits, backed by

    waves of herbal, eucalyptus notes which define this classic vintage.


  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful wood, never drying or bitter despite the time spent in the cask, not the tropics type but prunes, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, orange, brilliant

  6. Goldenmalt scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Coffee, then spicies, orange peel, dried dates. Some notes of pears soaked in honey. Cinnamon.
    Taste: Dark chocolate, then toffee, raspberry, dried fruits, blackcurrant. Wild honey. Sweet, cinnamon, dates and cherry notes.
    Finish: Very long, with fruity and spicy notes.

  7. Chan scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Nose: roasted nuts, espresso, nougat, vanilla, then aromas of oriental spices and fruits.
    Taste: sweet sherry, raspberries, certain apples, dark chocolate, prunes and dates.
    Finish: long, very long with notes of dark fruits, raisins, caramel and raspberries. Excellent!

  8. alectron scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Forgotten tasting note from ~2013.
    Single dram - seems like it wasn't the right day for it when I tried it or the bottle was already over its peak, who knows... I do remember being not too impressed knowing what it was & its price-tag (even back then...).
    • Nose
      Herbal, rum, very tannic/bitter.
    • Taste
      Herbal, rum, very tannic/bitter.
    • Finish
      Herbal, rum, very tannic/bitter.

  9. zby0001 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88


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