Glendronach 1993

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
21 years old
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
56.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
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

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.51 points

  1. 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.

  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. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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!
    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
    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.

  5. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  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. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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


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