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Glendronach Cask Strength

Overall rating 216 votes 87.25

Tastingtags

37 Notes

VaryingViewpoint
Moderator VaryingViewpoint Review note
11 Aug 2017 6:18 am
VaryingViewpoint gave this whisky 87 points

Not bad, lite chocolate on the nose and palate, a little dark fruit not much else. Reminds me of a lite version of Aberlour A'bunadh batch #49. Which for only $20 more I would rather have.

Update: Two months after first opening the bottle, this has gotten a lot better. Bumped up the score from a 86 to an 87.

Weighted Rate
87.2
Nose
89
Initial taste
87
Body
87
Finish
87
Price
86
Presentation
86
One life... Drink it well
markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Tasting note
28 Jul 2017 10:40 am
markjedi1 gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

The nose is textbook GlenDronach. Nothing but fruit, fruit and more fruit. Albeit in a wonderful little stew in this case. And drenched in a good dollop of honey. So sweet… In alphabetical order: apricots, mandarin, peach, prunes, raisins and sultanas. And a lovely mix of nuts. Not a sherry bomb, but a lovely fruity whisky all the same. Very aromatic and juicy.

Taste

Nice arrival, good strength without scorching and spicy on white pepper and loads of ginger. Some cinnamon and maybe even a single clove. The prunes come first, followed by honey. I also get some caramelized orange peel. Boy, oh boy, this is so good.

Finish

It does turn a tad piquant in the finish, though. And – can you guess it? – leaves your mouth completely dry.

Comments

It is Christmas yet? Not that I would ask Santa to bring me a bottle, but this is the type of dram that would go down very well on Christmas Eve. Heartwarming. And in my opinion the best of the series so far. You can find it for around 65 EUR. If anyone has batch 5 open, I would welcome a sample.

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
MVDW
Member Junior MVDW Review note
28 Jun 2017 3:56 pm
MVDW gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.7
Nose
90
Initial taste
90
Body
91
Finish
89
Price
91
Presentation
86
Alex
Expert Senior Alex Review note
14 Apr 2017 8:51 pm
Alex gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
87.8
Nose
90
Initial taste
89
Body
87
Finish
87
Price
88
Presentation
84
Ciro
Connoisseur Ciro Review note
14 Apr 2017 4:45 pm
Ciro gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.6
Nose
87
Initial taste
87
Body
87
Finish
86
Price
85
Presentation
87
Dhugal MacArdry
Expert Senior Dhugal MacArdry Review note
14 Apr 2017 10:02 am
Dhugal MacArdry gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
87
Nose
86
Initial taste
89
Body
87
Finish
87
Price
86
Presentation
86
My Collection
Daan Tje
Connoisseur Daan Tje Review note
07 Feb 2017 3:30 pm
Daan Tje gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
87.8
Nose
87
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
88
Presentation
88
My Collection
hefaists
Expert Junior hefaists Note
15 Dec 2016 4:47 pm
hefaists gave this whisky 90 points
I've tried the first four batches of the cask strength version of Glendronach. They have been consistently excellent. However, even though I enjoyed Batch 3, it was a notch too dry for my taste. I am, therefore, quite pleased that Batch 4 is sweeter. 
Andytka3
Connoisseur Andytka3 Review note
13 Dec 2016 3:10 am
Andytka3 gave this whisky 88 points

N- Concentrated prunes juice, with pickled ginger. Sweet and nutty with a whiff of floral. Heavy Sherry.

P- Thick fig and prunes at first, sweet and chewy. Savoury pastry skin coated with generous dusts of pepper and cinnamon. Alluring, velvet on palate and just delicious. Another dram for Christmas.

F- Smooth despite high strength, gingery and chili hot build up over time. Expect a long lasting finish on this dram. Sherry sweetness remains.

— at Whisky Live Singapore.

Weighted Rate
88.4
Nose
88
Initial taste
89
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
85
Presentation
85
St. Pauli
Expert Senior St. Pauli Tasting note
20 Nov 2016 3:58 pm
St. Pauli gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Seems to be partially bourbon matured: bourbon, vanilla, peach, tangerine, apricot, honey, and shortbread.

Taste

Sweet and hot. Oloroso sourness, toffee, honey, cherry, peach, orange, ginger, raisins, muscavado sugar.

Finish

Sweet attach, with a dry end, with plums, cinnamon, toffee and ginger.

Comments

Not bad, but no stunner either.

Cheers! Paul

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