Glendronach Cask Strength

Overall rating
87.04/100
votes
360
Whiskybase ID
WB67372
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch 4
Bottled
13.04.2015
Casktype
PX and Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
17806
Strength
54.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
2015/04/13 16:52 LJ10315
Barcode
5060399680936
Added on
28 apr 2015 9:18 am by Amsterdam
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 301.40

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Whisky reviews for Glendronach Cask Strength

56 users have left 60 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.04 points.

  1. Defeatless scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A good CS sherried whisky. It used to be around €65,- prices go up, but it is still good price/quality. In the same range of Glengoyne CS.
    • Nose
      87 87
      This has a clear sherry nose. There is chocolate, leather and has a burst of dried red fruit. It is quite well made. I assume with water it will turn a bit better. With water it get indeed better, not that the notes will be different, but the alcoholic nip will go.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet, a little bit on the alcohol side. But clearly sherry notes. It is not a bomb, but it is rather close to it. The obvious sherry notes are in here, so red fruit, leather. This is a little on the sour side though.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-long finish. A bit nutty and slightly bitter. But overall again a clear sherried whisky.

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  3. KB201 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The founder of the distillery was a pioneer in barrel aging. Glendronach still stores its malts in Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks today.
    The bottlings of the Cask Strength series are filled in different batches.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Dried fruits with honey and toffee. Balanced with accents of cinnamon, tangerine and coffee.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Warm and spicy with sherry and ginger. Dark fruits like plums with gingerbread, barley and a little walnut. Coffee notes again.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Balanced with sherry

  4. Kraddell scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Thnx to Jeroen . Pours clear, medium gold colored. Scent is medium full mild nuttyness. PX is noticable. Fairly intense. Taste is full, noticable strong alcohol. Loads of wood. Pronounced sherry. Lovely ! perhaps a tad strong, but certainly more than enjoyable.

  5. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. MH90 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    beautiful Glendronach, very intense sherry aromas, not particularly complex, but very tasty.
    • Nose
      Raisins, plums, alcohol are present, spicy, some dried fruits, chocolate
    • Taste
      sweet and powerful start, lots of dried fruits, chocolate, raisins, plums, some pepper, nice sherry aromas
    • Finish
      Spicy, sweet finish, lots of dried fruits, chocolate here too, intense notes of sherry, quite long.

  8. Holzwurm scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. mattheww scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A "very good malt", sold in 2015 at a great price, even today it is worth the required € 80.00!
    Perhaps the best from the "Cask Strength range"!
    [Color] = amber!
    • Nose
      juicy raisins, dates, sweetness, sherry, spices, cinnamon, nuts, leather and spicy oak;
    • Taste
      with water (approx. 48%); intense, full, very sweet (honey), lots of sherry, juicy, raisins, oranges, cocoa, creamy chocolate,
      quite complex;
    • Finish
      good medium-long finish; Chocolate, nuts, sherry, sweetness in the aftertaste;

  11. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Excellent sweet sherry whisky, lots of creamy, raisin tones, compensated by industrial notes, juicy, dense, well balanced, excellent drinkability.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, noble wood, some Indian motives (sandalwood?), Raisins, old leather goods, sweet creamy notes - boiled condensed milk, fondant, toffee; shortbread cookies, cocoa, milk chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom.
    • Taste
      Dense, rich, oak, sweet chocolate-creamy notes, baked milk, boiled condensed milk, light mineral and industrial shades.
    • Finish
      Spicy, invigorating, oak, sweet creamy notes, a little ginger, dry herbs, raisins, mineral-industrial sharp tones.

  12. dr.mad scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  13. Erik1908 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I believe this bottle was part of a Glendronach tasting with my friends. Pretty good and typical Glendronach profile. But not as good as the single casks I have tasted so far.
    • Nose
      Typical sweet and sherried Glendronach profile. I added some water to loosen up things. Tropical fruit. Herbal notes as well
    • Taste
      Warm mouth feeling. Full bodied. Combination of fruity sweetness and spicy notes that make the tongue tickle.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish. Sherry sweetness and spices remain together till the end. in the very end quite dry.

  14. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. ballunder scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    This one is all about the sherry. Lots of fruit with an underpinning of spicy, bitter orange and chocolate. Some vanilla makes an appearance in there too. Easy drinker and very enjoyable.

  16. Othorion scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  17. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Young and sprightly - Definitely under 10 years on average - no not my kind of whisky - Blind at the Chatstammtisch from a clean Sniffter of Raccoon
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  18. PX-Michl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. Kaleva scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky, very well done. Quite complex (as for NAS) sherried nose, very pleasant palate. Superbly balanced with typical Glendronach profile. Easy going even on the full strength but releases more notes and gets more vivid after adding water
    • Nose
      Sweet, creamy, honeycomb, sherry, yellow overripe apples, dried fruits (apricots and sultanas), roasted almonds, sweet oranges, herbal notes and more sherry after adding water
    • Taste
      Sweet, spicy (peppers, ginger), caramel, honey, dried fruits (figs and apricots), cinnamon butterscotch, fudge, a touch of bitter oak, orange zest, nuts
    • Finish
      Long, warm, getting dry, spicy, nutty, slightly malty, dried fruits, bitter herbs notes

  20. Gris scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasting notes in french on the whisky blog :D http://www.justanotherdram.com/en/tasting-notes/glendronach-cask-strenght-batch-4-2.html
    • Nose
      A not so powerful attack than expected, especially after slight aeration. Very fruity, with a nice compote of plums, apricots with a touch of honey and vanilla. Also some grapes with a very light winey side probably due to PX casks. Some nice spices, even if we are far from the sherry bomb sold by some websites
      A sweet nose, really, especially if you add a few drops of water, like a caress on your family jewels (well, ladies, if you do not have any family jewels, try to imagine).
    • Taste
      More powerful in the mouth than with the nose and spices are more present (well, not like a kick in the family jewels either). For now, I would say that it is the Oloroso cask that expresses itself the most. We are rather on pepper and ginger with its pungent side in the mouth. The apricots and plums make their return just after this, as I like it, spicy and fruity.
    • Finish
      Loooong, very long, and always the same with this fruity / spicy perfect balance.

  21. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very good, perhaps a tad better and less American-oak-heavy than batch five.

  22. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: Totally strong and dense scent, strongly in sherry style. Milky caramels, sweetened spicy. In direct comparison with CS3 it smells more pleasantly. CS3 is less sherry, the scent is more flat. (88 b)
    Taste: Its percentages are smooth, patentable and without dilution. A lot of wood, strong dark chocolates, it's easy to swallow. Sherry is less than in taste. (86 b)
    Points: 87
    Summary: Tested in a straight two-wheel comparison test with CS3. I have a bottle open, I have a big sample from a friend, but I have a bottle and I have to leave it for a couple of years and then see if the age is as positive as the one. There I was 88 for the premiere, but 93 and maybe three and a half years later. Perhaps somebody will be surprised that the whisky matures only in the barrel and in the bottle no longer, but it is a controversy. Even though it does not mature, it will surely "get old", of course something is happening to it in the bottle. But I turned it off and it would be another, longer, chatting.

  23. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  25. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I´m sure that this dram has developped a lot in the open bottle and that it´s much better now than it was when opened. really a great dram
    89/100
    • Nose
      I know that when I opened this bottle I thought there was a bit of a bourbonny aroma. cannot get this today and that´s pretty alright with me.
      the sherry influence is just as strong as this young fellow can take it and still be able to preserve the distillery character. oranges, malt, a few nuts and already a little oak.  rather straightforward
    • Taste
      very good...you can easily sip it neat. it´s full of flavour with a perfectly balanced mixture of nuts, toffee, mars bars, baisser and baklava.
    • Finish
      ultra long on nuts, toffee and cocolate

  26. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    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.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • 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.

  28. Alex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  29. Ciro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  30. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  32. hefaists scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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. 

  33. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  34. St. Pauli scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, but no stunner either.
    • 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.

  35. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Birthday tasting 26-08-2016 Aby, JJ and Roelof.
    • Nose
      Fruity, coconut, fudge and citrus.
    • Taste
      Some ashes, fruity, carton and a briny - salty note.
    • Finish
      Forest fruits, orange, spices, almond paste and some wood smoke.

  36. tymiek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      89 89

  37. Lucky28 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      86 86

  38. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  39. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This
    is pretty close to Batch 1. The color indicates less first-fill sherry casks,
    as it’s lighter, but the profiles are incredibly close – well done! This is a
    must-buy for every GD fan(atic) and is good value for money too.
    • Nose
      Sweetness,
      rum raisins, fudge, toffee – a boatload of aromas! There is this similar
      acetone note I got in Batch 1 as well – was there virgin oak used for initial
      maturation? Possibly rejuvenated ones? It is slightly spirity, but no matter,
      the nose is big. It continues with brandy-infused raisins, plums, and lashes of
      melted toffee. Then there is barley sugar and musky earth – fading into more
      green notions of squashed leaves and grass.
    • Taste
      Sweet
      and juicy. Without dilution, the build-up is bold and pleasant – spiciness,
      vanilla, and crème brûlée. Obligatory heather honey and turning towards winey
      notes of grapes.
    • Finish
      Medium.
      Caramel, licorice, menthol, and sweet tannins paint the finish.

  40. Defeatless scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Sweet sherried nose, a classic example of a sherried CS Glendronach. Some vanilla and oak. Hint of menthol and camphor. With water more herbs and spices come up.

    Taste:
    Sweet alcohol burst. Red fruit, some liquorish, hint of mazipan, caramel and some wood. With water there is a bit of tanines in here.

    Body:
    Full rounded and oily!

    Finish:
    Length: medium-long. More dark red fruit syrup. some liquorish and oak.

    Price:
    A bit on the higher side, as pretty much all popular whisky's nowadays.

    Presentation:
    Don't know. This was a sample from a sampleswap with Squaagras
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  41. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  42. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Also a great job on this CS Glendronach. The pallet is telling you about it's age again (as #1 and #2 and #3) when you are accustomed to older CS versions. This version has less "honey" notes and stirs again (as #3) much more into the PX direction (as #1 and #2).

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10 (2016)
    • Nose
      Sherry, dried glue, hazelnut, orange zest, dates, sugar candy, plums, chocolate, dried fruits.
    • Taste
      Sweet sherry, rasins, plums, sugar candy, orange zest.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Sherry, dry, gingerbread.

  43. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  44. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    I have a hard time finding anything wrong with any GlenDronach these days.

    This is no exception. Well ballanced, not too sweet or too heavy on the sherry, and with the higher abv I concider this to be a great buy.

  45. Drochaid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Aromas of toffee and honey, coffee, tangerines and cinnamon. On the palate intense sherry notes combined with ginger. Sweet plums and a hint of gingerbread and roasted coffee beans.

  46. ThS scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Of a huge greed, it's a real sin. Honey galore, fruit syrups, a little spicy spice on the finish. Superactive casks, ultramodern whisky, but it's good. To say, the sample of 6cl has passed ...

  47. Agrajag scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  48. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  49. p4blo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A great dram for the price.
    • Nose
      Not a typical sherry bomb as we normally get from Glendronach, this one is rather 'ligher' with oranges, apricots, vanilla, toffee and milk chocolate on the nose.
    • Taste
      Smooth, silky, with the fruity side (raisins, plums, apricots and citrus fruits) nicely balanced by the chocolate and caramel.
    • Finish
      Quite long, slightly spicy with big notes of toffee and caramel.

  50. Zumbar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  51. Nolloff scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Consistent, very high quality. I´m not sure I could really decide if I like 1, 2 or 4 better. 3 is missing because I haven´t tried it yet.

  52. Opeth83 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    first in balancing :)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  53. zinaf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great stuff, rivals the 15yo, which I love. Very good sherry whisky. It was not as intense in the development as the 15yo but the ABV provides for a sensational mouth feel.
    I would like to taste 15yo CS - yum.
    • Nose
      Butter biscuits, bitter wood/pencil shavings, some herbal notes, almonds, bag of old dark dry fruits
      Water: more or less in the same vein; some fresh fruits come up - pears and ripe banana; pencil shavings are also present
    • Taste
      Sweet arrival, full body, thik - very creamy; stick to the tongue - great mouth feel.
      Vanilla and toffee, dried sour cherries, raisins.,
      Water: nice bitterness comes out, walnut skins, some spices
    • Finish
      Medium. Oranges, sweetness, not drying at all
      Water: Now it's long on honey, nuts and raisins

  54. mikespike scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A very good highland malt, good work with the sherry casks, this is of course not as complex, deep and mature like excellent bottlings from the early 90s (especially the Abbey Whisky casks were outstanding), but offers an easy introduction into the world of Glendronach, at a competitive price - this gains an extra point.

  55. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  56. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Compared it to batch 2. This one is a little less spicy and oaky, but more fruity. 87/88.
    • Nose
      Toffee, orange, candied cherry, apple, cookie and peach. With water the peach becomes more prominent and a little vanilla comes up as well.
    • Taste
      Fudge, cherry, cranberry, apple, Bastogne cookie, brown sugar, pepper and peach. A touch of dough when adding water.
    • Finish
      Cherry, toffee, apple and vanilla.

  57. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  58. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  59. ThS scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Serge:
    Glendronach ‘Cask Strength’ (54.7%, OB, batch 4, 2015)
    Liked batches 1, 2 and 3. This should be quick… Colour: gold. Nose:
    same family, perhaps a little more sherry, apples, and pencil shavings.
    Balance is perfect though, this ‘noses’ so easily, ‘ frightening. With
    water: some pencil shavings coming out, which often happens with
    ‘modern’ Glendronach, but they come together with nuts, malt, raisins
    and honey. What’s not to like? Great feeling of warm praline too. Mouth
    (neat): absolutely excellent. Full bodied, orange-y, malty, raisiny,
    slightly grassy, nutty… Yeah, I find this excellent. Only boring side:
    I’m not surprised. With water: a bourbony side (active oak may have been
    used), but that works greatly on a rather potent distillate. Love these
    hints of rhubarb. Finish: long, nutty, malty, raisiny, honeyed. Do
    Kellogg’s own Glendronach now? Comments: some say it’s a sherry monster.
    Well, it’s not, not at all. I find it a little better than batch 3.
    That is to say rather less oaky, unless I’m mistaken. SGP:551 - 90 points.

  60. Peter_vintage1992 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    A fierce sherry bomb!

    Nose: sweet, forest fruits and raspberry

    Taste: cassis, raspberry, very sweet, nice and strong, raisins, does not need water

    Finish: raisins, sultana natural XD, do not burn as hard as expected for 54.7%!
    Will certainly stay a minute or 10

    Overall a very tasty whisky, definitely recommended!

  61. Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Official Tasting notes from
    Billy Walker
    Sales Director Alistair Walker
    said: “The whisky for this fourth edition in our renowned series has been
    carefully selected from a combination of the finest Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso
    sherry casks. Non chill filtered and of natural colour, the Cask Strength has
    been produced in the classic GlenDronach style.”

     
    • Nose
      Delicious
      molten toffee and wild honey poured over ripe figs and dates. Subtle hints of
      tangerine, coffee grounds and a dusting of cinnamon add a perfect balance to
      the nose.
    • Taste
      Vibrant
      oak spices and warming stem ginger complement the rich sherry and dark fruit
      characteristics. Waves of sour plums and subtle gingerbread combine with stewed
      barley and roasted coffee beans, softened by a gentle hint of walnut.
    • Finish
      A
      perfect harmony of the finest sherry casks and traditional Highland
      characteristics.

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