Glendronach Cask Strength

Overall rating
87.40/100
votes
408
Whiskybase ID
WB46110
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch 3
Bottled
29.10.2013
Casktype
Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Casks
Strength
54.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LG31027
Barcode
5060088797556
Added on
09 nov 2013 11:20 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 298.98

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Whisky reviews for Glendronach Cask Strength

62 users have left 64 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.40 points.

  1. yuzshain scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    After drinking batch 10, I was curious about the difference between the original wine in Billy's period and Rachel's, so I bought a batch 3 sharing bottle.
    N: Dried fruit, sandalwood, alcohol at the bottom, sweet jam, the overall fragrance is thick and steady.
    P: The entrance is smooth, the taste is not sweet, a little dry, raisin, a little spice and astringent, and the alcohol irritation is low.
    F: The finish is medium and long, with a balance of woody and jammy flavors. From the smell of the wine to the taste of the finish, the wine is in one go, and there is no harmony.

    Experience: Billy's style is really calm and heavy, emphasizing the taste and finish, without the stimulation of low alcohol. Rachel emphasizes smelling the fragrance, but the alcohol sense is more obvious, and the ending is also beautiful.
    These two great bartenders, each with their own characteristics, can both show the advantages of Grandona, there is no good or bad, only personal preference.

  2. SpringBarley scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  3. sphinx scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. tribe scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Quite good, but not as balanced as the others, relatively young but with a good basic character from Glendronach.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Ostap scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Whisky without a prelude, immediately goes on the frontal attack and shows himself. Cute, but chaotic.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Vanilla, peach and apricot, juicy, apricot jam, almond bone, varnish, coconut flakes, coffee with cream, milk chocolate with raisins, frankly sherry, dessert, a huge bunch of different jams, spices, oak, marinade theme, pickled cabbage.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Juicy sweet, dessert, chocolate, pepper, vanilla, with a pronounced acidity.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Vanilla oak, slightly knitting, sour, medium, tart, bitter taste.

  6. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Raisins and brambles, dried fruit with a dusty and tarty edge. Notes of moist fruit cake coming through with sticky dessert cherries. A touch of cinnamon coming through, not much oak on the nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Its on the dried fruits and oranges, what you'd expect from GlenDronach but there's also an unexpected sour and bitter note slipping in.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, oaky with cinnamon powder. Little sourness coming through as well.

  7. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Deep caramel color, amber-orange. Quite leggy. Pretty sherry look.

    Nose: Raisins, barley sugar, light chocolate, lots of sherry as expected. Touch of ginger spice. Slightly nutty. A bit of beef brother too.

    Palate: Sweet honey, raisins, spices, caramel. Light chocolate, citrus.

    Finish: Honey, dried fruits, alcohol, spice. Candied orange peel.

    With Water: Needs a bit to balance the cask strength. Maltier, rich. Can stand up to quite a bit.

    Overall: A lovely whisky. Sweet and rich, with excellent sherry all the way. It’s like dessert for sure. Big and powerful, young but mature.

  8. lincolnimp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Wow MacEllink, 100 points, why do you think this Glendronach is so good?

  9. MacEllink scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    Topper, too bad it gets difficult to get

  10. Sandman23 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  11. Simo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Barbone scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Glass: a hoop
    Color: black tea
    Aroma: wine, immediately with polish and varnish, but in a pleasant, edible direction ... harsh, uncouth, fruit, dried fruit ... wood and walnut ...
    Not the nose to be proud of, but overall not bad
    Taste: better, significantly ... in spite of the strength of no spirituality ... It is drunk quite easily and pleasantly ... Raisins, figs, dates, baklava with nuts and sorbet ...
    After the first vulture, aromatics opens in a new and much more interesting way ... I notice this is not the first time - you need to make a vulture in order to evaluate aromatics - after exhaling through your nose, fumes help to perceive aromatics (this is my theory) ...
    Flowers and buckwheat honey, caramelized sugar ... toffee ... appear in the aroma
    The taste is still strong, warm and pleasant .... no spirituality. Good result.
    The finish warms and pleases ... Christmas dram for every evening. And most importantly - do not rush with him, let him stand, open up and everything will be fine.
    88

  14. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Not bad but batch 1 was much better

  15. HunterRomario scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: Sharp, varnish, clear barrel scent, with only a light sherry breeze. Wood, some raisins and creamy chocolate. In straight line with CS4, the four are clearly better, much more sherry. (84 b)
    Taste: The woody creamy, varnish, sherry is in the taste to know a little more than in the smell, there it was weak. Rozinky Sweetness. (85 b)
    Points: 85
    Summary: Tested in a straight two-wheel comparison test with CS4. I have a bottle open, I have a big sample from a friend, but I have a bottle and I have to leave it for a couple of years and then see if the age is as positive as the one. There I was 88 for the premiere, but 93 and maybe three and a half years later. Perhaps somebody will be surprised that the whisky matures only in the barrel and in the bottle no longer, but it is a controversy. Even though it does not mature, it will surely "get old", of course something is happening to it in the bottle. But I turned it off and it would be another, longer, chatting. For me, five of the GD CS (1-5) tasted the CS3 clearly the weakest.

  16. Lakerfield scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Compared to their age-stated core range bottlings, this one has a much clearer distillate character.
    • Nose
      Sweet, sticky sherry immediately hits the nose. Sultanas, cinnamon, baked apple, rum-soaked raisins, toffee, chocolate, burnt sugar, mint, lemon, orange peel, dried apricot, vanilla. A little bourbony on the nose, although very welcoming. For a cask strength whisky, the nose is very mild in terms of alcohol burn.
    • Taste
      Full, oily mouthfeel with a slight alcohol burn. Oak, PX sherry, espresso, butterscotch, salted caramel, milk chocolate, walnut, nutmeg, earthy, orange, anise, jaffa cake and spearmint. It's a little in your face, but in a pleasant way. I get the idea that the PX casks are the main contributor to this whisky, making this whisky lean more to the sweet side and less 'heavy' on the palate. You can tell the difference if you've had Oloroso matured Glendronachs.
    • Finish
      Very long and drying, dried fruit notes are prominent.

  17. DutchWhiskyDan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Very nice dram. Would love to see how this would do if matured longer.
    • Nose
      Tobacco but also the sweetness of sherry. Glue and leather. Complex but fresh.
    • Taste
      Again the tobacco and leather, with some sherry notes coming through. Like walking into an antique store. Lovely.
    • Finish
      Quite long and warm with spicy pepper notes.

  18. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    nice affordable glendronach.
    • Nose
      Clearly thick sherry influences as expected. Chocolate, hazelnuts, raisins and sultanas. Also some oranges and tangerines. overall quite pleasant
    • Taste
      it starts with a small black peper bite, then comes the raisins and oranges, followed by sweet silky milkchocolates with almonds. it has a bit of a small bitter bite on the tongue which damages a bit the overall sweet full soft experience
    • Finish
      quite long, mouthcoating with dark chocolate and laurus.

  19. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant and affordable, complex Glendronach, which is not just about the sherry.
    • Nose
      Sherry and malt. Apple, black cherry and orange peel. Vanilla, caramel and spicy oak.
    • Taste
      Sweet. Sherry and malt. Plum, raisin, orange, cocoa and ginger.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, sherried.

  20. joep scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  21. helmutgw scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: gets smoother
    25.11.2017 84
    • Nose
      balanced, sweet and spicy, "spicy" -pikant-pepper
    • Taste
      exciting struggle of sweetness and bitterness
    • Finish
      so long

  22. pianoman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Freshly ground peppercorns, oranges, raisins and hints of tobacco leaves behind. Fir honey, dark wood, some wood varnish.
    • Taste
      Orange sweets, honey. Hazelnuts, some nougat. Slightly tingling and spicy.

  23. marq scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    At two thirds of the bottle after a few weeks: In the nose Candied orange citrus Coco's prunes spritzbreakfast espresso amphora tobacco. Tastes creamy sherry orange plum petertjes again in the middle, some laurel and lemon peel, later dried peppers and a light sweetie stays nice and long. In the first weeks a little more subdued something more leather and less sweet also the alcohol was more present and in the aftertaste some floral and light notes of mint. In the weeks later I could not taste it anymore, but I had more accents of ripe fruits and influence of the px sherry, in the beginning the lake tended to olorosso.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. marq scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    At two thirds of the bottle after a few weeks: In the nose Candied orange citrus Coco's prunes spritzbreakfast espresso amphora tobacco. Tastes creamy sherry orange plum petertjes again in the middle, some laurel and lemon peel, later dried peppers and a light sweetie stays nice and long.
    In the first weeks a little more subdued something more leather and less sweet also the alcohol was more present and in the aftertaste some floral and light notes of mint. In the weeks later I could not taste it anymore, but I had more accents of ripe fruits and influence of the px sherry, in the beginning it tended more to olorosso.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      84 84

  25. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

      Close to the ideal fragrance, after this immediately creeps in the thought that there will be a further failure, if it were not this Molt would be sold at a very different price and, yes, "... in words, he is Leo Tolstoy, but in fact x .. simple ... "; the development of the series goes downward, the first batch remained unsurpassed, but oh well - you can at least enjoy the scent.
    • Nose
      Velvety, enveloping, soft, sun-dried dried fruits - raisins, prunes, dried apricots; overgrown peaches, again a powerful wave of hot dried apricots, far in the background - treated wood, stain, lacquer - very light and air halftone; raisin wave - the aroma flows and overflows, plays with you turning one or the other side.
    • Taste
      Sharp, sweet-woody, peppery, dried apricots, cream, after the riot of colors in the fragrance there is a feeling of devastation and disappointment - it was not possible, yes.
    • Finish
      Sweet pepper, light dried fruits in the background - dried apricots, prunes; creamy notes - toffee, sweet, long enough.

  26. Theune32 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. Griller76 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      93 93

  28. Griller76 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A lot of quality for such a young whisky, which already shows maturity.
    • Nose
      Warming sherry, light sprittig, milk chocolate, port, warmth of a campfire, very light mulled wine
    • Taste
      Sweet, mild mouth-filling subtle oak bitterness, great warmth filling first the mouth, then running down the neck
    • Finish
      Cinnamon, cloves, allspice, very light black fermented pepper, Roman stipe pepper (piper longum), exceptionally mild warming round, long finish, very mature sherry

  29. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. Rom scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose of old furniture, overripe peach, vanilla and a grassy side. The attack is not sweet but sweet and fruity, the alcohol is very well integrated, the middle brings a feeling of dust. Relatively thick texture. Dilution causes caramel to emerge. Long and warm end, without astringency, on coffee and caramel. A good dram in which the influence of the Oloroso clearly outweighs that of the PX.

  31. Bendrachm did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Eye: Beautiful dark jasmine tea. Fine sawtooth. Nose: Orange peel. Candle wax. Drupe. Mouth: Hot. Licorice. Figs, toffee, maple. Clearly fresh apple pie with raisins. Water interestingly brings out a soft pandan note (as in rice cake and asian sweets). And more glucose syrup.

  32. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A no-frills sherried dram. Offers everything you'd want from a sherried whisky in this price bracket.
    • Nose
      Sweet oranges, custard, crème brûlée with a hint of cherry syrup, butterscotch and cappuccino.
    • Taste
      Sweet sherry, raisins, dates and plums. Very smooth. Oranges and dark chocolate too. Some cinnamon as well.
    • Finish
      Sweet sherry notes. Quite long.

  33. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: I nearly drunk the whole bottle before i’d jotted anything down, such was the moorishness. There’s the ripest fruit nose - custard apples, custard too, ripest pears, the most succulent of oranges and bitter oranges and yet there's lots of sweetness here overall, it’s also spicy and nutty with a umami bitter-sweet, oh and then there's the (clotted) creamy custard. Super ripe, perfect 'big' presence and, well super pleasing, even a pot still maltiness also.
    T: Works neat although (plenty of) water is better and doesn't change the character a dot. Despite the clear sherry influence, the malt is oozing, spicy too (ginger spice/heat), bitter-sweet again, super ripe stuff. Lots of water brings out a malty creaminess but this may be from the cask also. Also, there’s a playful boisterousness, a youthful heat for sure - not just the abv.
    F: Continues along its trajectory, spicy, acute chilli yet aromatic spice, but mainly Thai spice. The balance between cask and spirit is never forgotten.
    C: When whisky is this good, NAS is no issue at all.

    Scores a B[+]

  34. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      91 91

  35. Shane_IL scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This wasn’t really my style. I also found it lacking the complexity some of the better Glendronachs I’ve tried had. Still not bad, as an affordable, cask strength sherry bomb it performs pretty well although I’d probably get an Aberlour A’bunadh instead.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/08/25/glendronach-cask-strength-batch-3/
    • Nose
      Musty sherry. Oranges. Toffee. Caramel pudding. Raspberry candy. Woodworking resin.
    • Taste
      Dry wood. Toffee. Orange peel. Toast. Marmalade. Ginger. Woodspice.
    • Finish
      Medium. Woodspice. Ginger. Bitter wood. Salty toffee.

  36. Waykid scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This does develope nicely with some time but the taste is a bit too boozy and unbalanced for me and doesn't catch up with the nose. Does really not compete with the first batch.
    • Nose
      Quite boozy, not very balanced at the beginning. Opens and rounds up in some time with butter, syrup, goji-berries, a delicious toffee, sweet red apple. All in it's right place with the nose.
    • Taste
      Sweet and salmiaky, some apple and mushell, strong alcohol. With time and water there are some liquer infused cherries and toffee.
    • Finish
      Sweetish, not very long.

  37. kot1803 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  38. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  39. jankes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  40. Xstream scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The second best Glendronach CS i've had. Batch 1 is still my favorite. Perfect balance of fruit and deep sherry flavors. 

    Batch 2 was more like the regular Glendronach's. Less fruit, more sherry. 

    Batch 3 sits right in between #2 and #1. 

  41. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Also a great job on this CS Glendronach. The pallet is telling you about it's age again (as #1 and #2) when you are accustomed to older CS versions. This version has more honey notes and stirs much more into the PX direction.

    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, honey.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Sherry, dry, gingerbread, wild honey.

  42. Sapiano scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Glendronach CS batch 3 WID: 46110 (a splash of water)

    Nose: raisins, oranges, chocolate, menthol, coffee, wood.
    After a while in the order named: sugar candy and peach, waffles with some powdered sugar, hazelnut, nougat.
    Taste: slightly creamy, slightly woody, powdered sugar, raisins, nougat, oranges, slightly sour, ginger
    Departure: coffee, oranges, long-warming, spices remain in the mouth for a long time, slightly dry.
    Conclusion: The Nussigkeit has never been as pronounced as today. For me still a great malt.

  43. PowerTrader scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  44. Peter87 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  45. Opeth83 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Young Glendronach, nice coffee and dark chocolate tones, not very complex but just delicious. Can use a little water.
    87pt
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  46. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  47. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  48. Vrisky scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  49. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The best of the three
    batches so far, without a doubt. Seen last for 59 EUR.
    • Nose
      A creamy nose with
      mostly nuts and butterscotch. Loads of vanilla, but surprisingly little fruit. I
      do get some sultanas and coconut. Blood oranges in the background. Nice hint of
      tobacco as well. Candied ginger. I quite like this.
    • Taste
      It is creamy on the
      palate and immediately very spicy: ginger, pepper, cloves and a hint of
      cinnamon. The nuts return, drenched in mild chocolate. Oranges become very big
      all of a sudden. A little zesty. Sweet and smooth honey. The oak speaks as well
      and makes it somewhat drying.
    • Finish
      The finish is
      surprisingly long, dry and spicy. Very spicy!

  50. Ciro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  51. Whiskyghost did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Much better than batch to, reminiscent of batch one. Thanks to Glendronach for bringing this one back to the standard set in the first bottling.
    • Nose
      1 1
    • Taste
      1 1
    • Finish
      1 1

  52. fradin11 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  53. alectron scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Single Dram, blind tasting, WUBWS Glendronach Session
    • Nose
      licorice, rum, raisins, berries (85).
    • Taste
      sherry, sweet, bright raisins (86).
    • Finish
      a bit thin towards the end, dry (83).

  54. Dyno scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  55. Whisky_Wolf scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  56. Fable scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  57. p4blo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting whisky at a good price.
    • Nose
      Sherry (of course), caramel, nuts, vanilla, tons of spices, ginger, pepper. Very pleasant.
    • Taste
      Again the spices, loads of fruits, cherries, raisins, a bit of chocolate and cocoa. The alcohol content does not go unnoticed, though.
    • Finish
      Long, dry and filled with spices.

  58. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  59. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Fudgier and 'darker' in taste than the previous batch, at the expense of the fresher orange-like notes. I like this one better.
    • Nose
      Cranberry, caramel fudge, lime, orange, chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, peach and spice.
    • Taste
      Chocolate milk, caramel fudge, hazelnut, bramble, orange and pepper.
    • Finish
      Caramel, chocolate milk, hazelnut, pepper and cherry.

  60. BeatF did not rate this whisky Photo Moderator

    Available exclusively in Switzerland at the House of Single Malts (see Shoplink).

  61. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  62. Angelos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Batch 3 is good, but Batch 2 is better... in my opinion.... at least... somehow
    • Nose
      First of all, very ripe oranges with caramel, few lemon notes, cassis and ginger, some liquorice and roasted nuts
    • Taste
      Very fruity and creamy, intense oranges, strawberries and currants, also very impressive ginger note, which I have not tasted in a whisky so far!
    • Finish
      Medium with few spices from the oak, zest and some liquorice

  63. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    compared with Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 1, the color of Batch 1 is darker
    • Nose
      orange, dried fruits, chocolate, fudge, pepper, nettle, spices - Maggi blokje and nuts
    • Taste
      pepper, creamy and raisins
    • Finish
      vanilla, creamy, drying and chocolate - praline

  64. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

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