- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Single Cask
- Stated Age
- 20 years old
- Oloroso Sherry Butt
- Number of bottles
- 53.6 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- The Whisky Agency
- Added on
- 03 Oct 2013 12:15 am
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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1993
12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.06 points
- One of the great, classic 199x Dronachs. Wonderful Oloroso, maybe a notch too dry for PX lovers, but really intense notes and a good abv to support it and allow playing with water splashes. Not sure if these nowadays 300-500 EUR prices for such a bottle are justified, but it surely's become rare to nigh impossible to get older juice of such quality nowadays for cheaper than, say, 300 EUR if you are lucky. Reg. sulphur, sometimes I seem to detect some after the bottle has been open for a few years, but on other occasions it does not pop up. All in all pretty much sulphur-free, thank goodness. Catch one if you can.
- Nose: Slightly stinky at the beginning, light sulfur, which fortunately lays fast and makes way for a lot of tobacco, tart cake dough and roasted nuts. Markedly sour note, currants, blackberries, sour cherries, some soy sauce too. The sherry is overpowering here and keeps the aroma extremely compact, which also water can not really change, apart from a ripe citrusy, which is still to come.
Mouth: Enormously powerful, very dry, as well as nutty in the taste, dry, with tobacco and roasted malt. Over time, bitter orange and grapefruit show little sweetness but good weight. He is getting more and more herbal, with black tea and roasted almonds.
Finish: Very long, very close to the bitterness, with subtle citrus notes.
Conclusion: No question, for Glendronach, or Sherry Malt fans this thing will be the absolute revelation here. And indeed, this whisky is of very high quality and fine elegance. Personally, I lacked complexity and sweetness. The nose gets better with time. https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/
- Although very sherrylastig but still wonderfully complex, the barrel leaves in the nose even clear the fruit the precedence and then takes over the command on the palate, without completely killing the sherry. The Brennereicharakter is already pushed into the background.
Immediately after pouring beautiful sherry fruits. The alcohol is not perceptible as such, but bears the fruits wonderful. A little later, roasted almonds are added.
A very powerful and spicy onset. Clear oak and ripe dark fruits. Ripe plums. With less heat, less fruit and more oak, so dark chocolate and coffee. With further slaps then the tongue has lived and becomes increasingly softer.
Continue with some dark chocolate, dark fruits and dried raisins. Will dry and occupy the tongue in a furry way for a long time.
- This release came without a tube or box
- Tasting note by Serge (Whiskyfun):
Glendronach 20 yo 1993/2013 (53.6%, OB for The Whisky Agency, Oloroso Sherry Butt, cask #4, 664 bottles)
Colour: deep amber. Nose: not armagnacqy this time, this is more
oriental in a way, with whiffs of incense and sandalwood, a large plate
of oriental pastries (honey, rosewater, orange blossom) and then a
little bacon, pipe tobacco, cigars, humus and old Rivesaltes. Pretty
unbeatable, I'd say, what I especially like is the fact that it's not
heady at all, and pretty elegant. With water: yeah yeah yeah, more
mushrooms, old cellar and such. Old books. Mouth (neat): perfect, even
if a little hot at first sips. What's striking is the way it does not
become sweet, and yet there's a big sweetness. In fact the spices and
herbs are balancing the sweet fatness to perfection. Coffee beans,
cinnamon, cloves and ginger plus oranges and maraschino. It's kind of
'obvious', in a great way. With water: oh! Curries and chocolates plus
tobaccos and mints. Kind of irrefutable. Finish: superbly dry, maybe not
the longest ever but it's perfect, clean and even fresh. After Eight
Mints, only much better. Comments: I think these 1993s have already
become classics. This one's just another stunning example. Probably
future legends, they just need a few extra-years in glass to become a
notch smoother and to reach total stardom. SGP:462 - 92 points.
- Tasting note by Ruben (Whiskynotes):Nose: a very elegant and aromatic nose with
a rosebud / rosehip syrup / waxed oak combination that is truly
fantastic. Incensed church and old leather. Some earthy / leafy notes
and bread in the background. Then some chocolate almonds and walnut
cake. Just a little sticky caramel and meaty hints, but they come and go
– easy to forgive. Mouth: sweet, with truckloads of figs, dates and
sultanas. A slight gingery heat. Black cherries. Cinnamon. Slowly moving
towards coffee beans and herbal notes. Cigar leaves. Drying out.
Finish: very long, dry, with a nice bittersweet balance. Echoes of sweet
A great middle-aged GlenDronach. Nice selection by TWA. In case
you’ve missed cask #3 from the official single casks batch #8, check
this out. And keep an eye on these 1993’s.