Glendronach 1994

Overall rating
90.26/100
votes
154
Whiskybase ID
WB61659
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Vintage
30.09.1994
Bottled
11.2014
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon
Casknumber
3400
Number of bottles
672
Strength
54.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060399680561
Bottled for
Abbey Whisky
Market
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
26 nov 2014 2:23 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 299.00

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Whisky reviews for Glendronach 1994

29 users have left 32 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.26 points.

  1. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very intense, extreme sherry load, lots of wood. Not the best type of whisky for me personally, but a blatant part.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lots of chocolate and raisins, fat, musty, bourbon-like glue, furniture polish, acacia honey, burnt-on corn, old wall unit
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy and chocolatey, zero dryness, nutty, nutmeg, heat
    • Finish
      87 87
      Creamy, chocolatey, oak bitterness, hardly any dryness

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  3. skeuma scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose with notes of ripe fruit, black cherry, prunes. Some encaustic notes glue, varnish. And mixed notes like an Italian amaretto alcohol then comes the wood with always in filigree this beautiful presence of ripe fruits and cooked wine. A few notes of undergrowth

    On the palate, frank and warm sweet attack on notes of stewed prunes and cherries.
    Continuation on cocoa notes, caramel before becoming darker on notes of leather, humus, mushroom, candied fruits, smoke.

    Final on the woody, spices, bitter chocolate and notes of undergrowth
    Low persistence on wood and dried fruits
    A very nice glendronach but can be a little less greedy than other casks of the same year.

  4. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  5. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  7. jujutoulouse scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose on cocoa powder, coffee liqueur, a bit winey, and a bit of matches too. On the palate it is powerful, with precious wood, greedy and concentrated, perhaps a touch of alcohol

  8. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    sherry!
    woody, glue and varnish, malt, dark chocolate, dry earth, strong coffee, even coffee extract
    concentrated caramel, baked vanilla, baked fruit on the grapes, sweet fig and pastry spices to top it off.
    mouth:
    sweet spices, a little peppery, candied and macerated fruits, a little maderized with a return of cooked wine very sweet with cinnamon, the fruits there on the candied raspberry, the cooked currant, on the black cherries, the dehydrated black grapes, the coffee again, well-impregnated wood, a toasted, oval-flavored, caramelized, almost smoky sensation, and the vanilla bean which has soaked in the custard, all hot scenting the kitchen. spices, Christmas gingerbread and the honey that comes out.
    final:
    long, persevering, on sherry, oak, a little leather, dry mushroom (exactly the strip!), dark chocolate spread.
    , a pure moment of delight.

  9. Jnpons scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Color: a magnificent mahogany robe, coppery reflections.

    Nose: leather, a very present alcohol, fruit, a hint of syrup, wine. A little solvent, small wild strawberries, even sour cherries, chocolate.

    Palate: superb, an explosion of red fruits, woods, very nice balance. Precious wood, a little grain. The spices are present too.

    Overall: on spices and red fruits.

    Comments: an addition of water allows to calm the watt, more appreciable.

  10. Dede scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very pretty Glendronach. More really my style, but very well done.
    • Nose
      On the nose, coffee, cocoa, raisins, universal glue, brown sugar. Rich and complex, but classic.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the texture is thick and lines the palate well. Cocoa, black mushrooms, red fruit jam, candied fruit, and the wood that begins to express itself.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, woody and tannic but without astringency. Red fruits are also making a comeback.

  11. MrYens scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  12. RobbievdB scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Great PX cask! This is probably my favourite PX single cask Glendronach from the 1994 vintage. This whisky makes you sit down for quite some time deciphering what is going on in there. It's body, balance and complexity are quite amazing. You'll get all the 'usual' PX flavors; brown sugar, Dutch 'appelstroop', dried middle Eastern fruits, Christmas cake spices, sweet ripe cherries, nuts and so on. This Glendronach might sit in my top 10-20 of best whiskies tasted.

  13. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  14. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Unsurprisingly flawless. Lacks some suprise element or some added class to go above 90, but all the rest is sufficient for a 90 : the contained woodiness and sweetness, the spontaneity, and the bright fruits on the palate all are a bliss. Glendro and Abbey Whisky do know what proper sherry maturation is.
    • Nose
      "Glendronach PX 101", really archetypal. It directly gives all it has, which is a pleasure. Mountains of raisins, leather, blackcurrant and blueberries, with a distant background of smoked wood (charcoal-y, as often with Glendro in my exeprience). Black chocolate, then more sweet salty things with oinion jam and venison sauces. Slighlty vinous but not too much, ans certainly not too sweet : just whiffs of brown sugar (it's PX after all), and french toast. 
    • Taste
      Beautiful incisive arrival, all about fruits this time (for the better !) : acidic cherries (the ones we make Kriek beer from), fresh strawberries, kir, various jammy red and black fruits then settles on more classic PX. Gingerbread, brown sugar, sweet rhum, brown butter. Not an inch of over-woodiness nor over-sweetness. Some cuberdon at second sip, the arrival really is very candied and fruity. 
    • Finish
      Same vein, and not too woody / tannic. Brown butter, varnished furniture, leather, raisins and just, you know, sherry, sherry, sherry. Some slight tobacco (ever noticed how a new pack of tobacco can smell like fresh blackberries ? I get the same feeling here) and hazelnuts. Some earthy (even floral ?) pot-pourri for a second.

  15. Segens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great sherry nose with a lot of PX sweetness and also a very balanced nose

    If the finish would have been not as dry and also not having this decent bitterness we would have an outstanding dram here. With the finish it is "just" a great one ;-)

  16. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Jam of strawberries and blackberries (especially blackberries), prunes, caramel, cooked wine. All that makes a big sherry a good sherry. With water, toffee. In the mouth, suspense ... SHERRY. And spices. And woody notes with water. The sherry is not overflowing in the finale that surprisingly reveals cooked fruits such as roasted peach.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  17. wbarchive_485944 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  18. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A Glendronach Sherry as I like them ... certainly classic but still good.
    • Nose
      Well it's clearly Sherry, we're not mistaken. It is very greedy on dried fruits (classic), vanilla, caramel, honey ... a real cake home!
    • Taste
      Alcohol well integrated, powerful but not too mixed with spices and caramel. Always as greedy as the nose but a little dry.
    • Finish
      A pretty long Finish that concluded a nice tasting ...

  19. q-runa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

  20. squaadgras scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Nuts, fruity, syrup, forest fruits - brambles and raspberries. Chocolate, pepper, orange, butter scotch and almond paste.
    • Taste
      Syrup, spices, fudge, cookie dough, cinnamon and orange.
    • Finish
      Medium drying, nuts, syrup, pepper, fruity, spices and forest fruits

  22. mikespike scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Heavily sherried malt, with all the characteristics that you would look for in such a malt. Sherry cask matured at it's best, in my opionion higher quality and density than you would find in a Macallan...

  23. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Quite nutty for a sheer PX... Nevertheless, very good.
    • Nose
      Full on nuts, dried fruit (figs, sultanas), milk chocolate, and - less obvious - the barley. Still a hint of tinned peaches. 
    • Taste
      Full-bodied and sweet, dominated by the figs and sultanas. Rum topf? milk chocolate. The nuts are still present. 
    • Finish
      Keeps returning, the PX dominates (now).

  24. ThS did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting notes by Serge:
    Glendronach 20 yo 1994/2014 (54.8%, OB, for Abbey Whisky, cask #3400)
    Abbey Whisky had a great 1993 the year before (WF 90). Colour:
    mahogany. Oloroso! Nose: oloroso! Walnuts, pecan pie, chocolate, raisins
    on a cake (kugelhopf!), marmalade, then earth, wet stones, pu-erh tea,
    pipe tobacco and, guess what, no struck matches. With water: perfecto.
    More pu-erh, cigar box, beerawecka (Alsatian Christmas cake), dried
    dates… Mouth (neat): rich fruit cake on concentrated orange juice, earl
    grey tea (a bit overinfused, perhaps), leather, tobacco and marmalade. A
    little pepper. Classic from Classic’s. With water: some saponification
    happening, let’s wait… (indeed, I’ll say it again, when you add water,
    it can happen that some soapy molecules are created, but those go away
    and quick). Zzz… zzz… We’re back. Indeed, the soap has gone away. The
    whole got a little leafier. Finish: long, tobacco-ish, raisiny, leafy.
    Rather dry, leafy and, in that sense, oloroso-ish indeed. Comments:
    perfect sherried work, as often. They really do it well. Just, careful
    with water. SGP:461 - 89 points.

  25. ThS did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting notes by Ruben (Whiskynotes):Nose: slightly winey but very forthcoming. Baked apples, fig syrup,
    rum & raisins (tons of raisins really). Hints of vanilla – American
    oak sherry cask. Sticky toffee pudding. Hints of strawberries with milk
    chocolate. Soft oriental spices underneath: cinnamon and cardamom, as
    well as a fragrant touch that holds the middle between potpourri and
    metal polish. Very similar to cask #3397 that was part of the official
    releases, but without the dirty edge. Mouth: big, with plenty of spices
    now (well, pepper mainly). Also dates, demerara sugar and plum compote.
    Evolves on the darker side of things, with dark chocolate, hints of
    coffee and roasted nuts. Leather. A little plain oak with a bitterish
    edge. Finish: very long, very dry, with herbal notes, cloves and maple
    syrup.
    A really good GlenDronach, better than its sister cask which was released by GlenDronach itself. Score: 90/100

  26. molar3rd scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Boom ! spectacular stuff going on: big fig note on entry. Fig jam. Fig spread whatever you call that. It’s big. And figgy. And I love it. Throw in some more caramelized Apple ,cinnamon spices and then some toffee with a touch of vanilla sticks, maybe a salty undertone too. Lovely, big bold stuff on the nose. Can’t get much better than this when you’re talking PX.

    Palate: Sweet mother of god! This is huge stuff: Thick plum juice. Date spread. Pepper and oodles of spices. Black ripe plums compote. On second wave of flavors I’m getting more leather , bitter crushed coffee beans which is getting dry with oak and dark chocolate. It’s packed with flavors. layers, deep layers of flavors. Superb stuff.

    Finish :Very long. Dry and bitter. Lots of spices still going on after a few minutes.

    Bottom line:

    This is a superb example of big PX aged whisky. It’s like having a fiesta of flavors in your mouth, with everything I look for in a Sheerried Glendronach. It’s big, complex, and very moreish. I finished the sample and was longing for more of this good stuff. Winter dram par excellence. If you’re a sherry lover, and a Dronach fan, buy this one, and make yourself happy in the months to come. Excellent.

    http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2015/01/22/glendronach-1994-cask-3400-abbey-whisky-review/

     

     

  27. Eneloop2009 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  28. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  29. croz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A fantastic Glendronach PX single cask for a reasonable price. 
    • Nose
      Big and heavy. 

      Figs, dark chocolate, cinnamon and cigarr
    • Taste
      Wow, a lot happens simultaneously!

      Plum, dark chocolate, brown sugar, ginger, spices, you can almost chew it!

      Heavy stuff!  
    • Finish
      Loooong, bitter, figs and plums

  30. galg33 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose: Boom ! spectacular stuff going on: big fig note on entry. Fig jam. Fig spread whatever you call that. It’s big. And figgy. And I love it. Throw in some more caramelized Apple ,cinnamon  spices and  then some toffee with a touch of vanilla sticks, maybe a salty undertone too. Lovely, big bold stuff on the nose. Can’t get much better than this when you’re talking PX.

    Palate: Sweet mother of god! This is huge stuff: Thick plum juice. Date spread. Pepper and oodles of spices. Black ripe plums compote. On second wave of flavors I’m getting more leather , bitter crushed coffee beans which is  getting dry with oak and dark chocolate.  It’s packed with flavors.  layers, deep layers of flavors. Superb stuff.

    Finish :Very long. Dry and bitter. Lots of spices still going on after a few minutes.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  31. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Another superb cask they've selected. A bit less in-your-face than the 1993 cask 33, but therefore perhaps a bit more accessible (sorry seanrussel, I am comparing them anyway). I scored it 90 the first time, but am raising it to 91.
    • Nose
      Dark cherry, goji berry, cranberry, mocha, raisin, prune and orange peel. After some time creamier, like butterscotch.
    • Taste
      Dark cherry, prune, cranberry, chocolate, mocha, raisin, toffee, date, hazelnut and pepper.
    • Finish
      Cranberry, dark chocolate, mocha, raisin and oak.

  32. seanrussell scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    GlenDronach 1994 20yr Cask #3400 54.8%

    - Abbey Whisky exclusive -

    A: Very dark mahogany

    N: I could actually just sit here and nose this for hours. Massive depth of aromas.  Over-ripe juicy raisins, a simmering pan of stewed fruits like plums with a spoonful of winter spice. Very faint aroma of shoe polish. The beautiful trademark spicy aged PX sherry pokes through and then there's an all-encompassing smell you get when you open a fresh packet of wine gums and stick your whole face in. Even undiluted, there is no alcohol burn.

    With a drop of water: strawberry ice cream, caramel and a rich cafe latte.

    It reminded me of a '72 bottling with that fabulous advanced PX aroma.

    P: Thick, mouth-coating and big. Sweetness (verging on a gentle bitterness), and peppery. Surprisingly lighter than I expected.

    With a drop of water: huge toffee and nuts. More pronounced oakiness. Digestive biscuits (really makes me want to eat a packet now I've said that)

    F: Medium-long. Dry and woody. Varying strengths of bitterness and sweetness all over the tongue. The bitterness is like that of roasted coco nibs. Tobacco lingers on the palette for a long time.

    Another stonker of a cask chosen by Abbey. This should not be compared to cask #33. It's a totally different type of dram. This one is definitely a PX beast.
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  33. peatlover99 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    From Abbey Whisky website - Cask 3400 Tasting Notes.

    Oh hello... What a nose!! Lovely, deep and rich, delicate and very giving - golden syrup, dried fruits, figs, prunes, liquor soaked sultanas, chocolate and orange sponge. Delightful, luscious, lovely and warm – Rum & raisin ice cream! Hints of tobacco and a touch of menthol…Wow, this dram gets better and better with time. The big flavours continue on the palate – lots of lovely warm spice, oak, orange peal, ginger, leather & dark chocolate shavings. Dried fruit coming back to the fore - prunes, dark raisins, a slight ‘grapiness’, touch of maple syrup and a hint of sweet coffee beans…. 

    Single cask #3400; a very sophisticated Scotch whisky with all the hallmarks of a dram beyond its years…

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