Glendronach 08-year-old The Hielan'

Overall rating
82.46/100
votes
309
Whiskybase ID
WB67401
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
18.06.2015
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LJ40455
Barcode
5060399681230
Added on
30 apr 2015 10:36 am by Amsterdam
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 38.40

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Whisky reviews for Glendronach 08-year-old The Hielan'

65 users have left 72 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.46 points.

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A well constructed and tasty whisky, especially if you also consider the price point.
    • Nose
      Soft notes of straw, vanilla custard and honey, accompanied by oranges, lemon zest and pencil shavings. After a little while a distinct aroma of freshly cut pear parts.
    • Taste
      Nice oily texture with light citrus fruit, butterscotch and subtle spicy notes of cloves and ginger. There's a touch of honey as well. Quite attractive, despite the oaky bitterness.
    • Finish
      Subtle red fruits, ginger and pepper.

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  3. Tomek scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Nose: hints of peat, sherry, cranberries, ripe apples, cherries
    Taste: raisins, vanilla, powdered sugar, apples, cherries
    Finish: slightly peppery, toffee
    rating: 3.5

  4. aquataste scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Interesting balance between sherry and bourbon
    • Nose
      86 86
      Notes of sherry combined with the freshness of green fruit, mainly apples and pears, cereals, buttery notes, toffee, caramel, vanilla, ripe oranges, a little dried fruit, a handful of dried herbs, raisins, and spicy and nutty at the end
    • Taste
      83 83
      Dryness with notes of sherry, green fruit at first, mainly apples and pears, a pinch of pepper, lemon peel, then butter notes, caramel, vanilla, a little honey, a handful of dried fruit and herbs, spices, a note of oak
    • Finish
      79 79
      A long pinch of pepper with lemon peel, spicy, oak bitterness

  5. plz_let_me_drink scored this whisky 98 points Newbie

    a good balance between sherry and burban cask. a iconic and must try whisky. not a tipical gelndroch sherry cask. but i will give it a GO.

  6. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    A very interesting bottling that is much less loaded with sherry compared to the other standard bottlings. This will certainly deter lovers of the typical, heavy sherry aromas. But I think it's good that they're taking this step. Due to the lower age and a supposedly higher proportion of ex-bourbon casks, the fruity-berry distillery character comes into its own here. Of course one could wish for a few more years of maturity, but that is not the point of this bottling.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/glendronach-8-years-the-hielan/
    • Nose
      Significantly less sherry than you are used to from other GlenDronach bottlings. At first I have a distinct sweetness with honey and a hint of vanilla. Fruits are also very strong. However, not the typical dried fruit of sherry, but fresh, ripe fruit such as summer pears and apples, as well as sweet citrus fruits. Then the aroma becomes a little more sour and the fruits are reminiscent of currants and blackberry jelly. After a few minutes, some spice is added, as well as the association of freshly cut wood. If I let the glass stand for a few more minutes, more of the sherry suddenly appears. Together with some oak spice, this even comes to the fore after the first taste.
    • Taste
      The entry on the tongue is initially sweet and the ripe pears and citrus fruits are dominant. Over time, the mouthfeel becomes a little drier and the sherry speaks up more clearly with raisins. Then the oak comes through stronger.
    • Finish
      The oak lingers on the finish along with the raisins. I would generally describe the finish as medium-long, but I still have the aftertaste of the oak spice in my mouth even after several minutes.

  7. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Quite spirit driven, a good taste of the donut base spirit.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Bright, malty (horlicks), lemon, sharp honey sweetness, fresh green apple, hints of chocolate, can really felt the youth of the whisky.
    • Taste
      80 80
      This pack a punch. Quite lemony, wood shave, bubble glue, and a little salty bitterness. Thin bodied.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Medium, with bright wood and lemon

  8. Thorstii scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Fruity and fresh starter
    • Nose
      fruity-fresh, vanilla, lemon
    • Taste
      subtle sweetness, vanilla cookies, touch of sherry
    • Finish
      Somewhat hot ginger, cappuccino, very spicy in relation to the taste, clearly oak
      Finish: medium long

  9. Rosencrantz scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Young but already with clear ideas, he is in first grade but has chosen which college to go to. GlenDronach's skill can also be seen here, the ability to make a young whisky interesting and tasty, with its own personality in which the defects of low maturation become qualities.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The smell is preeminently sherried, with prunes, black cherries, milk chocolate, nutmeg and a touch of licorice. Butter biscuits. Yeast is very present, almost like smelling a freshly made dough. Young, simple, but pleasant.
    • Taste
      84 84
      And it is the malt that makes itself felt on the palate, always loaded with yeast, and carries herbaceous hints and a lot of almonds. Licorice, a pinch of ginger, vanilla. Pain au chocolat and a lemon touch. Full-bodied and fat, sweet but not cloying.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The finish is medium long, of bread, almonds and licorice with a wooden background.

  10. maltwhisky_de scored this whisky 74 points Newbie

    Read the full review here: https://www.maltwhisky.de/glendronach-8-jahre-hielan/

    Our conclusion: The GlenDronach Hielan 8 years is recognizable in smell and taste a younger single malt. In a positive sense, it is very fresh and light, a malt made for balmy summer evenings. On the other hand, it almost looks like a GlenDronach Light. The typical Sherrynoten are withdrawn, the Malt looks a bit shy. In comparison, the GlenDronach offers 12 years more depth and is much rounder. He is not only in the price-performance the better choice.

  11. nhuber scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    surprisingly good considering the age, rather sweet and soft in the mouth, some minor edges but nothing strong... easy drinkable. very good price/value relationship

  12. mr.p9 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  14. MadScientist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  15. spigray scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  16. spigray scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    hmmm...why should I buy it as long as I can get the far better 12y
    82/100
    • Nose
      barley, pencil shavings, pears and apples, nuts.
    • Taste
      substantial attack, a little sharp,  creamy mouthfeel, malt, caramel, apples.
    • Finish
      medium, nutty

  17. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      80 80

  18. KayMeertens scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Simple GlenDronach, not very interesting. In this price category the 12 'Original' is a better choice.
    • Nose
      Pear, almond and caramel.
    • Taste
      Pear, almond, caramel and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Pear, apple and caramel.

  19. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      67 67

  20. dRambo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  21. irrerelevant scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    N: First spicy-alcoholic, after 10 minutes the youth is still in the foreground and it burns easily on the alcohol ... cereals and malt, grape juice, sweet acacia honey, lemon, menthol, fresh American oak notes (as from Virgin Oak Casks), Vanilla comes later, with water the honey becomes even clearer

    T: Sweet grape juice, fresh, lively, honey again, alcoholic, but less than the nose suggests (small saps are appropriate), rather flat and thin

    Q: Short, grain, honey, is slightly dry and shows traces of oak, even here, still distinct youth

    The honey notes are beautiful, but that was already everything. With water pleasant, sweet and easy-drinking, but without facets, depth or maturity. Had typed on less than 8 years.

  22. hans1971 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  23. pianoman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Apple, slightly sour. Bright grapes, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Fruity, light sweetness. Bitter chocolate. Oak.

  24. Pyromann scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This was a good bit. Somewhat unreal, but probably because of the young age. On the contrary, it is quite nutritious and can be compared with some older pieces.
    • Nose
      A fairly full scent, the most striking is the overwhelmed fruit and apples.
    • Taste
      The taste is unexpectedly alive and full, dense. Once again, overwhelmed fruits and apples dominate, but they combine well with woodiness and sharpness.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, sharper, wood-smoke.

  25. Dram The Man scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  26. HunterRomario scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasty at the Whisky Festival 2016. Rake in barrels and sherry barrels. For 8 years, nice, solid whisky.
    • Nose
      Interesting smell, relatively heavy, with regard to the low age. A lot of ripe fruit, honey, vanilla, raisins, hay and dried herbs. (87 b)
    • Taste
      In taste I would say I feel the influence of the barrels. Chocolate, malt. In the flavor, the influence of the sherry changes. (84 b)

  27. Peter87 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  28. blondiehb did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Blindtasting from the Easterwomen.
    The distillery seems familiar to me.
    Tip: Speyside, Bourbon barrel, 43%, 10 yo

    Conclusion: nice, round dram. Really great for the price.
    • Nose
      Light fruits, quince ?, citrus fruits, apricots, very mild and fruity, light vanilla
    • Taste
      Velvety, sweet, again bright fruits, getting drier
    • Finish
      medium long, spicy, warming

  29. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      80 80

  30. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    rather one-dimensional
    • Nose
      light aromas of raisins, chocolate and coffee, everything rather discreet, slightly sweet
    • Taste
      a little chocolate and pepper, oak
    • Finish
      longer than expected (medium length), slight oak tones

  31. ScottFrench scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    At a time when the least age-old whisky disappoints us in the glass and the wallet, this Glendronach enjoys an excellent market position: a profile that is certainly more consensual than the other whiskys in the range, but it remains no less rich and balanced. Its price / quality ratio is more than acceptable. I advise you so it will make a perfect daily dram!
    • Nose
      it seems that the proportion of whisky aged in bourbon casks is greater than that of sherry casks. The profile is really atypical for a Glendronach. The aromatic field is quite broad, with both dry notes with hazelnut and cereals, then heavy notes like milk chocolate, cream of chestnut and coffee cream dessert and then fresh notes, with grapes, oranges and lemon. It is not intense but pleasant.
    • Taste
      a nice aromatic power, with notes of coffee cream, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, orangette, vanilla. A nice fruity with apricots, dates then, we finish on the spices. The sherry / bourbon share is here more balanced which gives a rather broad profile.
    • Finish
      long, but not very intense. The aromas go out a little fast, leaving some notes of cereals, hazelnuts and, inevitably, a little dryness.

  32. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  33. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is a great find. The whisky keeps on developing in the glass, for hours. Interestingly in NL priced like the 12yo. This whisky does not compare to the 12yo. It is too different. A valuable step in the whisy journey. I buy again.
    • Nose
      w/o water - sweet. Well-balanced like a blend. Floral. Toffee. Alcohol tone.
      w/ water - Much sweeter. Milk chocolate. Summer flowers. Freshly cut summer fruits.
    • Taste
      w/o water - sweet arrival with spices (pepper, cloves). A warm and sweet development, with alcohol coating.
      w/ water gentle, sweet arrival. Short, intense development racing to the finsh.
    • Finish
      w/o water - medium finsih. Resembles a standard blend.
      w/ water - spicy finish with milk chocolate.

  34. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It’s a simple, one dimensional and fresh entry level Glendronach. Not the usual sherry driven flavours you might expect from Glendronach. It’s quite spirit driven and is an interesting addition to the range. This gives you a better glance at the distillery character which can be sometimes lost in the older and more sherry driven expressions.

    I rather enjoyed this one.

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-370-glendronach-8-year-the-hielan/
    • Nose
      A fresh, young, light and mild whisky with aromas of raisins, green apple, hint of sherry, vanilla, pear, citrus, soft floral tones, cereals, malt, hint of clove, white pepper, golden syrup, hint of toasted peanut and subtle oak.
    • Taste
      A spicy, crisp, mild and uncomplicated whisky with aromas of light fruit, hint of cocoa, subtle sherry, hint of dried fruits, malt, caramel, pepper, cereals, honey, slightly bitter tannins, hint of lemon, ginger, hint of butter, cinnamon, hint of orange zest and subtle oak.
    • Finish
      A short to medium and sweet finish with aromas of sweet spices, subtle bitter tannins, malty, hint of licorice root, vanilla, fresh fruits, citrus, hint of leather and soft oak.

  35. Dramlicious scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    It’s only 8 years old (still better than a NAS, right?) and was matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. This might sound like another Octarine, but judging by the color, this is clearly not the case.

    My full review:

    http://dramlicious.com/tasty-tastings-episode-73/

  36. Defeatless scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet sherry. Wet cardboard, canned pineapple, some vanilla and hint of citrus. Yet not very deep nor rounded nose. But you couldn't expect that from an 8yo.

    Taste: Sweet and young, yet rounded not a classic peppery burn. Again citrus and vanilla and pineapple. Some sawdust.

    Body: creamy, but thats all.

    Finish: Rather short. Not much here, some syrup and some banana.

    Price: Rather fair and honest.

    Presentation: Nice, could be less of the blablabla but it's forgiven.

    Comments: Assuming this contains only spirit since the reopening, I think they are doing a really great job here. The stuff just needs to get older. But it is a promising start. I keep an eye out for more!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  37. Ivynor scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Big disappointment, very under 12 years old. What happens?
    • Nose
      Caramel and modern well active barrel. Together a bit heavy.
    • Taste
      Ultra easy to drink but without finesse. On caramel, vanilla. Dry texture.
    • Finish
      Long. Sucre

  38. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Chemical nose, plastic, coumarin, banana. Banana, caramel, sweet, easy mouth. Final bitter and herbaceous with always this chemical banana. Made cheap and industrial, not very glamorous.

  39. tomy63 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    nose on the plastic, a lot of vanilla, banana. Very sweet mouth, vanilla, chemical banana, unpleasant.

  40. Mardo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  41. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Certainly a dram which polarises the GlenDronach whisky appreciating
    community. On the one hand, this is a fine, well made and characterful
    entry level malt with delicate vanilla, malty and toffee notes. On the
    other hand, however, it lacks some brightness and obviously some sherry
    flavours GlenDronach whiskies are usually famous for. I feel a bit
    disappointed as I very much like the pleasant sherry-based matrix of
    GlenDronach bottlings. Nevertheless, a nice and reasonable priced
    every-day dram.

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      Very aromatic nose with loads of butterscotch and toffee notes,
      complemented by vanilla fudge. Very buttery indeed. Then fruit emerges
      with mirabelle, yellow plums and oranges, along with plenty of citrus
      peels. It has a floral and perfume-like side which is rather unusual for
      GlenDronach. Overall this is a fine nose though.
    • Taste
      Bold and very sweet with crisp malt, porridge, butterscotch, toffee and
      vanilla biscuits. There's a hint of white pepper with some nice gingery
      notes and a slightly bitter aftertaste with almonds and walnuts. Very
      malty with lots of caramell sticking to the teeth. I can't taste any
      sherry here maybe due to the heavy load of malty flavours.
    • Finish
      A medium long and nicely warm finish with a hint of sherried fruit (here
      it is!). A touch of grassy tones with ginger and oak spice on the tail.


      WITH WATER: More sweetness is coming through both on the nose and
      palate with malt, buscuits, vanilla fudge and lots of toffee. The finish
      still is medium long with a slightly spicy edge. No sherry flavours at
      all.

  42. Fable scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  43. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Drinkable. Vanilla. Toffee. Fruity fresh notes. Apricots. Mirabelle. Sour apples. Freshly baked biscuits with cinnamon and coconut flakes. Grain.
    • Taste
      Sharp start. Apples. Raisins. Nuts. Toasty aromas. Caramel. Milk chocolate. Some oak.
    • Finish
      Medium. Bitter. Toasty aromas. In comparison to the nose and mouth unfortunately a bit monotonous.

  44. Nolloff scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Muscular, malty, with just a very small sherry influence . My only explanation for the rather low ratings is that people might expect something different from Glendronach. This is a bit of a bruiser and maybe not for the faint-of-heart but nowhere off-balance or one-dimensional and with an excellent value/money ratio. At least unless you are expecting a "Young Revival".

  45. alectron scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Single Sample. Blind tasting, 10/2015
    • Nose
      Butterfudge, apples, bananas, bread, faintly grassy. (82)
    • Taste
      malt biscuits, some sherry, flyspray. (80)
    • Finish
      vanilla, malt, some oak spices, solid but boring. (82)

  46. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The aroma is great and very complex
    the taste can not keep up
    in the aroma is to be guessed the typical juicy.fruity of Glendronach; but not as heavy and dark as usual
    Overall, this malt is a bit too easy to knit
    I'm a bit baffled, what I should think of it
    • Nose
      yellow fruits, peach, mirabelle, passion fruit juice
      Coconut and cinnamon
      Herbs de Provence
    • Taste
      strong start
      sweet, followed by seasoning
      Coconut and herbaceous
      Oak is getting stronger
      the fruits fade completely
    • Finish
      almost too bitter oak

  47. Maczet scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  48. Goethe scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    It is a real different malt to other GlenDronach expressions. More bourbon, very less sherry influence. 

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10 (2015)
    • Nose
      Barley, honey, vanilla, tropical fruits, mirabelles, citrus, oranges. 
    • Taste
      Citrus fruits, honey, nuts, pepper.
    • Finish
      Short to medium. A bit bitter.

  49. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  50. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A well made young Speysider that I like better than some older bottling of the distillery. The youth does the Malt very well.
    • Nose
      The nose goes straight forward, is fresh and fruity and also convinces with well-balanced heath herbs.
    • Taste
      In the beginning dominate herbs and spices, slightly peppery. Vanilla flavors blend well with notes of apricot and peaches. Oak is to be found, but restrained according to the age.
    • Finish
      In the medium-long finish, sherry appears in addition to the fading fruits.

  51. whisky-mischel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A young boy who only makes it very easy to notice. I only know Glendronach to be quite sherry, this one is different, and despite the amount of sherry, I do not notice it, I like that. I also like the interplay between the rather gentle nose and the powerful mouth, which brings variety.
    • Nose
      Fresh, medium sweet, initially fruity. Then the fruit disappears and is replaced by roasted aromas. Chocolate. There is always a tingling sharpness above everything.
    • Taste
      Soft, full-bodied, spicy, powerful, beautiful sweetness, light fruitiness, slightly dry
    • Finish
      Soft in the throat, slightly warming in the stomach, persistent on the tongue. Again the fruitiness, toasty aromas.

  52. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    It's just well done, a decent whisky that I like to drink, no special barrels, no old age, but it's ripe and ready and good as it is. Everything fits together, but is not boring, intense, but not young and scratchy. Precisely.
    • Nose
      Smells immediately intense - malt, cereals, roasted aromas, shortbread, toffee, honey, nut, a little cinnamon, everything fits together well
    • Taste
      Grainy crispy, again butter biscuit, toffee, walnut, honey, with slightly overripe banana and light bitterness (milk coffee), some pepper
    • Finish
      medium - long - nut, slightly bitter and some pepper

  53. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It's very good. It might be a tad simple, but in my opinion the older expressions are also not the deepest whiskies around. I really miss depth in the 21 yo but certainly not in this one since this is simply young. 
    • Nose
      clearly glendronach-spirit although this didn't get the typical big sherry treatment. I don't mind smelling more of the inner core since it's quite excellent. this has a well working proportion of sherry and bourbon casks and may be both have been made of american oak, since it's soft and big on vanilla, butterscotch ice-cream, toffee, beeswax, butter, but there is also still quite some oloroso-raisines, stirred cake, apple pie with caramelized walnuts. 
    • Taste
      ya, it's glendronach without the usual thick treacle. the body is pretty light. this would be much better at cask strength. but still there is a nice sherry-fruityness, raisins, nuts (which is "studentenfutter"; should be a good studententrunk as well). of course it's lacking depth but it's all pleasant and easy going.  
    • Finish
      more power than the taste on ginger, nuts, even some peach, walnuts-and-apple-cake.

  54. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  55. Torfding scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A simple drop that still lacks some complexity to its older relatives.
    • Nose
      light fruits, sugar and butter, plus something that reminds me of old oranges with stitches
    • Taste
      soft, warm and alcoholic, creamy with dark sweetness, later a touch of cocoa and caramel with a hint of sour bumping
    • Finish
      short and spicy with a touch of bitterness, but hardly leaves a lasting individual impression

  56. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    As an affordable
    entry level malt, this is fine, but I know GlenDronach mostly as the distillery
    that releases fantastic stuff. This does not really fit that description.
    Thanks, Imanuel!
    • Nose
      Very aromatic nose
      with loads of farmer’s butter, sultanas, mirabelles, walnuts and caramel. It
      has a floral side that I am not very fond of, but overall this is a fine nose.
      For an entry level malt, I mean. Let us not forget how young this is.
    • Taste
      The body is a bit
      light. Quite sweet on malt, vanilla and grain cookies. Frosties with pepper,
      should that exist. And quite some ginger too. A bit piquant. It evolves towards
      nuts to end in a touch of stale ale. Hmm. Quite a bit of toffee, making it
      stick to the teeth, sorta.
    • Finish
      The finish has a
      decent length, but does become somewhat bitter towards the death.

  57. Mardo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      81 81

  58. fradin11 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  59. p4blo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A nice dram, but nothing more than that. The price is set at a fair level.
    • Nose
      Malty, light nose with vanilla, apples, pears, cinnamon, caramel and a bit of wood.
    • Taste
      Toffee, spices, oranges, a slight hint of cocoa.
    • Finish
      Quite short, nutty and bittersweet. Not overly impressive.

  60. JohnnyBravo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  61. pEpp0 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  62. squaadgras scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  63. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    is a good drinking whisky, but a little miss the great flavors of the 12er up. The sherry is barely noticeable, really only about the oak and maybe the sourish. Definitely a lot of refill sherry and a good dose of ex-Bpurbon barrels. He is not wrong, but has not lost my socks.
    • Nose
      fruity and nutty, sweet, vanilla, slightly waxy, oak. Very balanced, but not flat.
    • Taste
      the fruits and vanilla remain, the onset is quite strong, then a bit bitter oak and a little sour fruit. A fruity, bittersweet aroma.
    • Finish
      Caramel, bitter-sweet, fruity, slightly sour, and oak at the end.

  64. Bishlouk scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    The alcohol in the mouth is well balanced and present, the reduction is not felt. The footprint of sherry is discreet, we are very far from the big Oloroso who strive and have made the reputation of Glendronach. It is very young, a whisky in short pants: for having tasted a lot of Glendronach in the past, I think it does not compare with the 15 years (and do not even talk about 21 years ...). I find it still better than the 12 years (which is not difficult, however), it is already that.
    • Nose
      Dry and malty at first contact. From the young pear, a little raisin. Caramel and citric citrus notes. The perry side gives a pretty "new make" profile.
    • Taste
      Sweet, on the liquid caramel, sweet enough. Raisins, pear liqueur (there, his youth is clearly revealed), and cereal notes.
    • Finish
      Short. A nervous jolt on alcohol and peppery spices. A slight woody dryness that goes out quickly.

  65. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This
    is interesting. You expect “Glendronach”, which is sherried boldness, but get
    almost spirit-driven malt whisky. It might not be loaded with cask influence,
    but there is undoubtedly a huge concentration of flavor. Especially the vanilla
    and toffee notes on the palate are striking. This is a welcomed addition to the
    still very much heavily sherried range of Glendronach. And at this pricepoint,
    a steal as an every-day dram.
    • Nose
      Malty
      and sweet. Apples & pears, bees wax, and pollen. Very Clynelish-esque to be
      honest. Biscuit cake, orange marmalade, and a spoonful of honey.
    • Taste
      Bitter
      sweet, with honeyed caramel and liquid toffee. Very pleasant. A basket full of
      yellow fruit. Oranges, ripe apples, and a touch of banana.
    • Finish
      Medium-long.
      Sweet caramel, milk chocolate, and nuts.

  66. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      74 74

  67. Chemist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  68. Finlaggan scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2015/06/glendronach-8yo-hielan-distillery.html

  69. Ciro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  70. JohannesB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    An unusual GlenDronach that is not carried by strong sherry. Summery, sweet and accessible, this malt suits well during the hot months. Unfortunately, it is not very complex and the alcoholic onset in the nose also bothers a bit.
    • Nose
      The first start is a bit alcoholic and waxy, reminds me of younger Glenfarclas. But just a few minutes in glass can help. A basket of sweet, yellow fruits: apricots, physalis, lemons. Flower meadow, vanilla and raisins. Barley sugar and malt. Then very buttery, like an American cookie with nuts and caramel. Overall, very fresh, fruity and soft.
    • Taste
      Buttery soft and tender. The alcohol is only noticeable late. Apricot jam, marzipan, chopped nuts and almonds. The oak brings a first delicate spice - cocoa powder. The taste largely corresponds to what the nose promises and most of the aromas are also found in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Here the sherry takes the lead: raisins, roasted almonds, some pepper and coffee. Behind it, the bourbon barrel shimmers with caramel, vanilla and sweet fruits. At the very end, a touch of bitterness that concludes the finish.

  71. Garfieldi scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      Fresh, lots of fruits and flowers. A little of vanillia.
    • Taste
      Sherry appears somewhere...some raisins and cookies. And alcohol.
    • Finish
      little bit of sherry, not too long.

  72. ThS did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Producer's notes:
    Appearance: Amber with a burnished copper glow.
    Nose: Rounded waves of orange blossom and a citrus
    twist flow over buttery, golden sultanas, sundried raisins and ripe
    yellow plums, all dusted with a touch of vanilla.
    Palate: Crisp, vibrant oak spices warm soaked sultanas,
    apricot jam and gingerbread; all rounded by delicate hints of
    butterscotch, cocoa and toasted almonds.
    Finish: Classic sherry overtones with a contrasting crisp dimension demonstrate the complexity of the traditional Highland character.

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