Glendronach 1993

Overall rating
90.53/100
votes
182
Whiskybase ID
WB56142
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Vintage
19.02.1993
Bottled
05.2014
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Casknumber
475
Number of bottles
627
Strength
56.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LH80550
Barcode
5060088798577
Bottled for
La Maison du Whisky & The Nectar
Added on
09 jul 2014 12:15 pm by ted.striker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 278.74

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Whisky reviews for Glendronach 1993

23 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.53 points.

  1. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Short notes...
    Cool!
    • Nose
      Colour:
      reddish brown

      Nose:
      A wonderful, sweet leather - berry note. Dried fruit and moist tobacco. Brown sugar and rum raisins. Blackberry liqueur, liquid chocolate, a little smoke, juicy dates and somehow greasy.
      With a little time in the glass, the berries become more tart.
    • Taste
      Soft, liqueur-like start. Then comes the spicy pepper stick. Followed by dark sweetness. Sugared dark berries and plum jam. Decent woody spiciness and bitterness. Like espresso. Also in the taste are traces of tobacco and leather. Dark gravy with cherries inside. Some burnt caramel and walnut.
    • Finish
      Pretty long and varied.

  2. Cipidos scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  3. JNuyts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    it sends: wood, varnish, black fruits, candied on fig, grape, blackcurrant, cherry cooked in kirch brandy, a little spicy on powdered cinnamon, overcooked caramel where the sweet and toasted edge, a little zan, sweet dark chocolate like on an old rum with black vanilla, paf!
    mouth:
    spicy heat on the palate, spicy on black pepper, sticky zan again, caramel and baked vanilla, a little coffee extract, strong woody flavor,
    the macerated fruit, boiled, on sherry with a hint of bitterness at this moment with a little acidity of a citrus fruit, quickly taken up by the oak, the toasted almond shell, the wax, the old glue and a little lichen dust, dried mushrooms, hay now, dusty grasses, chipping their dried pistils; woody, caramelized, toasted and chocolatey return
    final:
    the astringent side stands out; then gives way to cocoa, sweet caramel, zan, pomace, the scents are tenacious, on soggy wood, on black sherry, almost sticky with esters encrusted in the glass
    monolithic but powerful and long finish.
    (23)

  5. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

  6. Malinois scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    To much varnish for me to score higher, but still a decent dram. 

  7. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Dark, woody and earthy. There is quite some polished oak and sandalwood in the beginning. Then the dark fruit (sultanas, date) and appelstroop join the nose. Behind that is a nutty side (walnut) and an earthy side of dark black tea, damp earth and cocoa.
    • Taste
      Quite thick, oily and sweet associated for an Oloroso single cask. Cherry liqueur, polished wood, cinnamon, mocha, raisin, and milk chocolate. At the end, pepper comes in.
    • Finish
      Long, on dark sherry, walnut, pepper, cinnamon, coffee and date.

  9. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    One of the blackest drams I've ever had, you gotta like the stone-y and peppery kick on the palate but boy, what a palate ! Tremendous experience, quite an extreme beast once it crosses your lips. But I might have wanted a more expressive nose actually. 
    • Nose
      Varnished wood at first then blueberries and black fruits allsorts quickly get the center stage. Herbal black tea, blackberries, blackcurrants … the whole remains very "light" though, fresh and almost a bit shy. Liquid dry dark chocolate whatever that means (I'm so sorry) in a liquorous guise, like rum baba or tartuffo. Complexity reveals itself with patience. By subtle fruity episodes : raspberries, figs, blood oranges, peonies, kirsch, blackberry yoghurt. Or by spicy ones : cloves, carraway, pine scones (not the resinous side, rather the big dry pine-y scent). A very dry and blackesty black chocolate rules over this nose. And yet really it's not heavy at all, it's quite laid-back and discrete.
    • Taste
      Now we're talking. Starts soft on alcohol with black chocolate syrup, açaï berries and blackberries and then there's a huge power-spike that reveals the main note : a fat minerality like graphite or raw blue stone. Really getting the image of chewing black stones. Blackfruits are still massively around, blueberries and blackberries especially, raspberries too, the black chocolate, along with a big nervous pepper kick, cloves, fresh bitter almonds … Bombastic stuff. Grape marc and coffee grounds. Perfect elastic texture. Actually not that sweet.
    • Finish
      Coffee grounds again, minerality, woodiness and astringency build up (as expected) with damp black wood, various nut shells, broken branches after the rain, black tea with something mentholated (shiso ?). Distant echoes of black fruits keep it fresh, with dried cranberries but it's still hugely stone-y and dry after a good 30 minutes.

  11. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  12. q-runa scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. Bram84 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Ben87 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    93 points. Topwisky! All flavors are very nice in balance. Sample of Oogadal.
    • Nose
      Baked apple, cinnamon, orange, dried fruits (dates, figs, prunes, blueberries), coffee, little leather, almond nuts, mocca, cocoa, toffee, honey, raisin cake, roasted cane sugar, (cereal) biscuits. (Fantastic nose.) (93)
    • Taste
      Orange (Pim-biscuits), cinnamon, ginger biscuits, dried fruit (dates, figs, prunes, blueberries), black tea, black pepper, little leather, roasted cane sugar, bread pudding, almond nuts, toffee, honey, cocoa, raisin cake, syrup. (Sweet, bitter, fruity, dark, ...) (94)
    • Finish
      Orange, cinnamon, ginger, wood, coffee, little tobacco, little leather, little black perper, walnuts, mocha, toffee, black chocolate, raisin pie. (Long and bitter-sweet) (92)

  15. Peter87 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  16. ManoCornuta scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Powerful and sweet plum, raisin too, cinnamon, pronounced touch of coconut, cooked apricots, chocolate, melasse and brown sugar, one side earthy Palate: acidic entry, syrupy texture, not bad Coconut, plum, cinnamon, date, coating! Fig, slight touch of liquorice? The final: is intense we find the coconut that follows us since the beginning, fig and plum is sweet and deep. 91/100
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  17. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of a sample.
    • Nose
      Orange, forest fruits and pepper. Chocolate, coffee and moccha.
    • Taste
      Caramel, some glue and nuts - almond paste. Forest fruits, syrup, coffe and raisins.
    • Finish
      Some liquorice, pepper and cherries. Pasty, orange, honey and some leather.

  18. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge from Whiskyfun says:
    Glendronach 21 yo 1993/2014 (56.4%, OB, for LMdW, oloroso, cask #475, 627 bottles) Colour: mahogany. Nose: chocolate, tamarind, strawberry jam, prunes, triple-sec, raisins, cask strength cognac, tar, liquorice, Spanish ham, pipe tobacco… I don’t think you could find heavier whisky, and yet there’s a lightness to this. With water: the oak comes out. Pencil shavings and all that. Mouth (neat): spectacularly liqueury, prune-y, chocolaty, orange-y, raisiny… It’s sweeter than what the nose suggested, but it is high-impact oloroso-ed malt whisky. A bit rough, perhaps? With water: lovely lovely, but once again, the oak feels. Wouldn’t that be sherry-treated rejuvenated oak? Finish: long, oaky, leafy, jammy, chocolaty. Comments: very good no doubt, but I’m not a total fan, as water kind of deconstructs it. You feel the layers. SGP:552 - 84 points.

  19. wataya scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  20. q-runa scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  21. KayMeertens scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Wow, this is marvellous stuff. Darker and treaclier than cask 23 (Whiskybase) and 38 (Germany) and a bit more easy-going than cask 33 (Abbey). It can actually compete with the latter, which is definitely a compliment.
    • Nose
      Prune, mocha, raisin, date, dark cherry, cinnamon, cocoa, leather and oak. A very light spicy touch of sulphur.
    • Taste
      Dark cherry, cocoa, prune, nutmeg, date, cinnamon, leather, raisin and tobacco.
    • Finish
      Mocha, cocoa, prune and dark cherry.

  22. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTE LMDW Color : mahogany. Nose: firm, solar. Beeswax, candied apricots, toasted walnuts and chocolate make up a classic Glendronach nose. Then, it shows in a more grassy and earthy (liquorice, light peat). Again, the Glendronach style is fully restored. Later, notes of precious wood, black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry) and incense. Palate: both firm and unctuous. Original tart notes of lime rival intensity with dried fruits (dates, nuts). A real bath of youth for the taste buds. Particularly dynamic with sherry then herbs (hay, alfalfa) and finally malted barley. Spices (ginger, cinnamon) transcend the finish. Final: long, it is part of the continuity of the mouth. Suddenly, red fruits (strawberry, currant) invade the palate. As it goes, it gives the sensation of chewing a stick of liquorice. The retroolfaction is tertiary (ceps, lichen) and the empty glass is a subtle mixture of malted barley, curry and fig.

  23. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    LMDW Notice: Which of the malted barley or sherry takes over? This is the question posed by this Glendronach jointly selected by The Nectar of The Daily Drams and The House of Whisky. To scramble the tracks, a peat not necessarily so light, comes to invite the debates. And if this contest ended on a perfect equality as the two actors compete of presence? In any case, one thing is certain, this Glendronach proudly claims its origins.
    Profile: peaty and racy. Basket of red fruits (currant, black currant, blackberry). Spicy and cocoa aromas. Fresh notes of lemon. Presence of liquorice.

  24. Whisky_Wolf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  25. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Lime jelly and quince jam, haha, what a start. Having just tried the 2002 Pedro Ximinez cask #1500 WB, its clear what 10 more years and a different sherry influence make. Here there’s much more tension between spirit and cask whilst the sugars are leaning towards a denser treacle, toffee and molasses path as opposed that fruity and floral - which needless to say is neither better or worse. There are earthy, decomposing woody notes but they are buried under thick layers of dense sugars. Vanillas, tomato skins, mineral notes, honey comb, hard toffee...., are all bound by the slow ageing complexities of oak. Its begging to be drunk so lets!
    T: A spicy and fruity intensity coming over in waves as the spirit and wood oils engage in a complex and awkward dance. This does get spicy & peppery - the wood, well its dominant and very oaky dark.
    F: Aniseed/fennel freshness comes as a cooling relief from the large mouthful. Bitter oak oils and burned vanillas reside. 
    C: Not a bad whisky by any stretch but for me, this ones been over egged.

    Scores a B

  26. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  27. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    It has almost the same class as Abbey # 33.
    Finer, rounder and fruity, but not so intense and full. A top sherry whisky! Water is rather counterproductive.
    • Nose
      Elegant, dark-fruited, mysterious, deep. Dark cherries, plums, oranges, rum, complex and fine.
      Very harmonious, no alcohol noticeable despite barrel strength. Much, much better integrated oak than # 1374 - and the wood is fresh and clean here. Reintönig.
    • Taste
      Sweet, opulent, dense, again dark fruit, velvety-creamy. A touch of sulfur, lots of fruit, oranges, apricot jam, figs, dates, sultanas. Very harmonious, very tasty.
    • Finish
      Dark fruit again, elegant, creamy, the wood in the background, remains round, tannins are velvety and round. Herbs. Medium-long.

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