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Glendronach 1990

Overall rating
90.11/100
votes
84
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Batch 11
Vintage
30.05.1990
Bottled
11.2014
Stated Age
24 years old
Casktype
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon
Casknumber
1020
Number of bottles
606
Strength
53.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LH71352
Barcode
5060399680295
Added on
29 Jan 2015 1:47 pm by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 449,95

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1990

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.11 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2018]  1990 is a great vintage year for Glendronach (and many other distilleries too) - the whisky bust of the eighties had just ended and controllers granted higher budgets for necessary maintenance work as well as procurement (e.g., of new high quality casks).  So all was fine at the scottish distilleries, no one was hurrying production (like today) and no one "designed" the whiskies to meet mainstream expectations (the single malt whisky boom had not started yet).  Only one problem emerged around that time:  The first sulphur-spoiled sherry casks (from the practice of burning sulphur candles inside the casks to prevent them from rotting that started when Spain joined the EEC/EU in 1982) were emptied after 8 years of maturation and the blenders were shocked about these extreme sulphurous off-notes they smelled for the first time in their carrier.  So I pray this cask was not treated hat way...

    ...unfortunately, it shows some sulphury notes but luckily these unwanted flavours are shy and not very much annoying.  The colour is mahogany and the texture shows many small sticky tears that slowly consolidate and build very slow legs.  The nose is all about a fine modern sherry profile with some sulphurous off-notes (burnt matches, gunpowder).  Without this flaw it would be a 90+ rating but because the sulphur is not that strong I still score a very good 89 for that nosing experience.  The dram arrives warming and coating in the mouth with a minor adstringent-scurfy feeling from the sulphur.  The taste is rich and multi-layered on all these adorable sherry-induced flavours in an appropriate wooden and barley sugary framework.  Again, without the sulphur a 90+ points score, for sure!  The finish is long and a little more sulphury than the taste but still very enjoyable.  Water is not recommended as it increases the sulphurous off-notes (like so often) that dominate the reduced dram in an unpleasant way.

    This is exactly what I call a borderline sulphury dram - the sulphur is not that strong to bury all other flavours and aromas under its presence.  So, if you are not overly sensitive to sulphur you probably might even enjoy this additional taste dimension...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Gloin scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The smell shows exactly what I expect from a ripe sherry whisky. The taste is in spite of the strength and astringency and the noticeable oak very tasty and pleasing. The finish fits the overall picture, but could be longer. It is not a perfect sherry whisky, but a very good sherry whisky, which shows the typical tartness of Glendronach even Brennereicharakter, if you know what you are drinking.
    • Nose
      Raisins, dark sherry, Rumaromen, sweet and at the same time slightly sour, currant, earth, dates, wood polish, everything closely interwoven, aromatic, spicy and soft at the same time I do not want to stop smelling and at the same time the temptation to try is almost irresistible
    • Taste
      The body is creamy and light, the onset is strong. Immediately, the whisky has an astringent effect, filling the entire mouth. It starts with a hot spiciness, which disappears immediately after a few moments, followed by strong espresso, sweetened with unrefined sugar, a touch of sulfur, dark chocolate, raisins paired with spicy oak, but behind all lies the lasting presence of sweet sherry
    • Finish
      The whisky is also astringent on the finish, the dark chocolate and the espresso remain as a memory on the palate, in the background again currants and the association of leather. The finish is long, if not as long as expected and hoped for.

  3. seanrussell scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Cask #1020 / 1990 / 24yr / PX
    A: Polished walnut. Really dark. Long & slow oily legs.
    N: Intense sherry, burnt sugar, bread & butter pudding, stewed spiced fruits and a freshly opened packet of juicy raisins.
    P: Good Lord, this is absolutely enormous. Huge rich sweetness, fabulously thick and fantastic. For me, this is GlenDronach at its best. A brilliant balance of sweetness, spice and viscosity. Liquid booze-soaked dark fruitcake and rich creamy toffee.
    F: Long and sweet with a well-tamed woody bitterness. It just goes on and on.
    Absolutely stunning. For me, this is a classic after-dinner sipping whisky when you’re sat by an open fire with a piece of fruitcake next to you. Definitely my kind of dram.

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful Glendronach, with dark chocolate and some red fruits dominating. Very pleasant.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Full 'nose', lot's of chocolate, coffee, some earthy notes, mossy. But most of all a lot dark chocolate, plums as well. Later on, alcohol come to the surface.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Pretty strong, some pepper, plums, chocolate. Red fruits, a nice subtle sour part underneath. Some leather and honey. Full body.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Still powerfull, some pepper, coffee, chocolate and red fruits. Pretty long.

  6. rpvdwel scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  8. St. Pauli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Fabulous stuff!
    • Nose
      Very nice and delicate. Polished oak, balsamic vinegar, fresh walnut, coffee roast . Then, fruit comes in with raisins and blackcurrant.
    • Taste
      Very fat and oily on the palate, with dark, spicy notes. (rum)soaked raisins, dunnage warehouse, old PX, with  caramel, mocha, cocoa, walnut skin and earth.
    • Finish
      Long and pleasant, with spicy ginger and cinnamon, still the polished oak, and dried and dark fruit. Dark chocolate makes for a perfect finish.

  9. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The best Glendronach cask release I've had so far!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. Sonett scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic
    • Nose
      Raisin, figs, dates, Rhum-tones, Dark sherry
    • Taste
      Sweet sherry taste, raisin, light wood and soft warm spices
    • Finish
      long, sweet with a woody background

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