Glendronach 1995

Overall rating
87.45/100
votes
96
Whiskybase ID
WB69628
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage Bottling - Miniature
Vintage
1995
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks Finish
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml
Barcode
5060399680943
Bottled for
Whisky.de
Market
de Germany
Added on
27 jun 2015 2:46 pm by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 18.30

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Whisky reviews for Glendronach 1995

23 users have left 24 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.45 points.

  1. WhiskyMue scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  2. Patrickkilau scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Color, mahogany, dark amber
    • Nose
      89 89
      Ripe, sherry tones, raisins, coffee, figs, dates, nutty, (for me hazelnut) pickled, sugared dark cherries, tobacco, herbs, to put it briefly, wow
    • Taste
      90 90
      In the mouth, the nose is essentially carried on consistently and despite 43%, a gentle sherry hammer, which begins with unbelievably sweet and dark fruity and then matures second by second, and even through this more than distinct sherry maturation, the special distillery character stands out in both the nose as well as in the mouth, the barrel notes are beautiful, the mouth is completely filled
    • Finish
      84 84
      Very pleasant finish, especially the barrel sits comfortably on the tongue.
      Compared to other older GlenDronach like 18,21, tawny port 20 zb and singel cask (had one in 2004 in the glass) and a hand-filed one that I was allowed to enjoy, it is shortened, think that should be related to the 43%.
      Doesn't spoil the experience too much

  3. eddi14 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    A miniature shared by Slàinte Mhath.
    Not a bad 'dronach in any way, but it does not deliver the taste implied by the nose.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Rum-raisin galore, completely swamped by PX notes but of a very good quality and decent age.
      Very sweet and the low alc make me question if it is whisky or if it is just sherry.
      I would not be surprised if someone found sulphor here, but to me it's just heavy and very wet sherry wood.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Arrives a little thin with mild spices that doesn't really evolve much further.
      Sweet, almost like a cherry cola.
      It would definitely have benefited from a few % more in strength.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Soft sweet blackcurrant.
      Mainly a little spice remaining in a way too short finish for a whisky of this caliber and age.

  5. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    I was not sure what to expect of this miniature, as the ABV is quite low. The nose starts out very promising, featuring rich Pedro Ximénez notes, dark chocolate and fresh mint. Is this whisky or sherry? It must have been wet casks. Full-bodied and sweet, the palate develops slightly floral, bitter and fizzy, while the oak pushes strongly. Roasted nuts, dry spices and hints of plums and red currants migrate into the medium finish. I'm not disappointed, but taste and finish couldn't quite live up to what the nose promised.

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    For once, someone beat a whisky to death with PX in style! If heavy PX finishes are usually pretty much just you getting bruised black and blue by its dominant notes, here it's more like being wrestled into submission: I can't help but bow to Glendronach for its superior technique.
    • Nose
      Rich butterscotch and christmas spices. Lots of allspice, chocolate, caramel, and prunes. Some old cigar box notes. Some spicy European oak-like notes come up after a while in the glass. This one's not nearly as complex as the single casks, or even the regular 18, but it's been rounded down to perfection.
    • Taste
      Quite a body for a 43 %. Not lackluster, not watery, but rather filling, and so very sweet I'm afraid I'll get cavities. A chocolate milkshake with too much chocolate sauce, or maybe some oversugary latte. Heavy caramel. A total crowdpleaser, but... I am pleased. Some pepper, but the PX suffocates it beautifully. This will surely not make you think of 1960s Strathislas or 1970s Glendronachs, but in its own style it is a well built whisky.
    • Finish
      Long, sugary coffee tail. The lovely sweetness lasts a while. Just the kind of stuff I'd love to have with a slice of chocolate cake.

  7. jkswift scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A pleasing malt in the nose and mouth, which shows the PX influence. However, the aromas collapse very quickly in the finish, I would have expected more here. Not a bad malt, but with a view to the Glendronach 21J Parliament, for example, the one mentioned seems to me to be the much better choice, and so this is a bit "superfluous" for me.
    • Nose
      87 87
      sweet and fruity; Raisins; Dates; Plum jam; Apple sauce with cinnamon; Canned pears; some carnation; Vanilla; Chocolate; delicate spicy oak; the sweet PX influence is noticeable
    • Taste
      86 86
      mild and voluminous; Dried fruits; Plums; a hint of oranges; Raisins; dark chocolate; slightly nutty; delicate oak flavor in the transition to the finish becoming slightly tart
    • Finish
      84 84
      tingly tart oak flavor; delicate notes of dried fruit; Bitter chocolate; Hints of tobacco and leather; fades quite quickly for age

  10. Malthead19 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    - a great glendronach
    - unfortunately only available as a miniature (and then too expensive in relation to the 21st Parliament)
    - super gentle and delicious
    - in the end maybe a little "power" or volume is missing (but a matter of taste)
    • Nose
      sweet, fruity first impression, raisins, mild, dark berries, honey, light spice, in the smell it is hardly recognizable that it "only" has a sherry finish and no full maturation, very pleasant
    • Taste
      very mild, soft appearance, super elegant, mild and very harmonious, juicy sweet fruits, raisins, you can literally taste old age, oily, tobacco, very complex, in the end there is spice and oak, becomes a bit bitter
    • Finish
      soft medium length finish;
      long oak-heavy, dry aftertaste

  11. dereinejo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Oak, furniture polish, dried fruit, especially dried apricots, of course Mals, clearly ripe nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet dried fruit, certainly old sherry barrel, very slightly chocolatey, very slightly sour, again malt, little alcohol and oak.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Not so long, spicy, a little oak, a little bland and quickly gone.

  12. schengel10 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A noble, old, mature malt - unusual for GlenDronach as a PX finish, but still a top whisky.
    Unfortunately only available as a 5 cl Mini!
    [Color] mahogany;
    • Nose
      Dates, raisins, sherry, sweet, spices, vanilla, oak;
    • Taste
      powerful, sparkling, fruity, raisins, dates, sherry, nuts, vanilla, tobacco, coffee, spices, oak, ripe, oily, complex;
    • Finish
      good medium length, spicy, slightly tart, pipe tobacco, coffee, oak;

  13. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma:
    Typical but not penetrative sherry nose with dried fruit: dates, figs, raisins and sweet sherry aromas. Some oak and vanilla.

    Taste:
    Slightly spicy and tingling, warm wood notes then fruity sherry aromas, dried fruit.
    Sweetish, fine oak notes, a hint of dark chocolate, light barrel / coffee note.

    Departure:
    Dark, delicately tart with fine oak notes, slightly spicy but also soft,
    tart-sweet and slightly fruity with sherry, a hint of orange, with a slightly sweet finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Andreas W. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  16. wbarchive_336582 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Malthead 83 points
    https://www.malthead.org/malthead/glendronach-parliament-vs-glendronach-1995-vergleichstasting

  17. Lorion scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, but not competitive, if you consider the competition from your own home. 83 points.
    • Nose
      Sweet dates, vanilla and caramel. Discreet sherry character, subtle nuts. Oak is seasoning with gradually.
    • Taste
      Full, almost a bit tingling. Sweet wood. Malt. Dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium long, fruity and sweet. Chocolate.

  18. Ra_Di scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  19. Vince' scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Very sweet flavors, unlike what I would expect from 1995, but it's also "just" a PX finish. Vanilla, burned caramel, cotton candy, sweet pastries, a lot of marzipan, milk chocolate and slightly sulfur in the form of New Year's fireworks. Sweet red grapes and apples, raisins, a little mustache, cinnamon and a little nutmeg. In general, the drop but with less typical old sherry flavors stocked than you would expect. The nose reminds me of single Casks from the 2000s. With long life, the drop becomes spicier and lovage is in any case to identify.
    Taste: Decently spicy with pleasant tingles, sweet but not as over-eating as in the nose. Roasting aromas fill me up scary and even the entrance does not look like 43%. Tobacco old leather couch are also back from the lot, but not really on the finish. I also find a lot of cocoa, chocolate, caramel, some prunes and raisins. The vintage on the palate comes much more to the fore and the initial taste is probably the highlight of the drop for me. The finish fades but incredibly fast and is characterized by light vanilla, some roasted walnuts and 70% dark chocolate, slightly nutmeg and mint. However, I miss a finish with espresso flavors, leather / tobacco associations. This might perhaps be the "only finish" to mention. Overall, he lacks a crucial component for a very good rating. Conclusion: Not a bad malt, the barrel influence is already there, but you notice the finish already. The initial taste has come off a lot, but the finish has not equaled increased and yet turns out to be relatively weak. Possibly 46% vol. still a better option. Moreover, a 5cl miniature compared to the Parliament, which costs the same amount, is just too expensive.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

  20. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  21. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Blind, I would never tap on a Glendronach - sweet herbaceous malt - reminds me more of an Edradour 10 with a little less herbs - both the taste, smell and quality - I do not find red fruit atypical - I think it pleases - but also uninspired - you can drink, but you do not have to
    • Nose
      Honey, apple and pear compote with cinnamon and a hint of cloves, tobacco with menthol, vanilla, raisins, plum jam, malt, lemon peel and citrus oil, some leather belt
    • Taste
      Honey sweet, supple, slightly nutty, some ginger, mint, malty with light toasted notes, warming, herbaceous-plant oak notes. Chocolate with a lot of cocoa - you have to chew a bit to find the tender sherry notes, plum dates, sulfurized raisins - rather subtle, restrained - this is where the age can best be recognized - because I take the alcohol quite well although only 43 %
    • Finish
      Oak, tobacco, leather, malt, cocoa, herb sweet, quite spicy dry for 43%

  22. SchottenDicht scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A pretty nice dram, of course absolutely overpriced and not to be compared to the single casks of Glendronach. But directly matched vs the standards like Allardice or Parliament it proves its worth quite well. However less wood, which might be nice for some tasters as myself.

    Nose: Plums, cinnamon, baked apples.
    Mouth: Sweet sherry, barely wooden influence, again plum, overripe cherry, hints of medium-dark chocolate.
    Finish: Rather short. Tiny bit of cask which results in a minimal bitterness.

    I would buy a bottle of this with 46% for 60€. I had 3 samples all in all and found them okay for some time. 85/100

  23. KOQ24 scored this whisky 49 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    -spicy,Caramel, cold Tea,Grapes, overripe Apples, nutty, Ginger, Cinnamon, Menthol, Ash, Cognac, Oak, Leather

    Taste:
    -strong Coffee arrival, Cereals, Caramel, Grapes, Chocolate, Syrup, Peanuts, Coconut, Smoke, wet Cardboard, watered down Wine

    Finish:
    -soft and dry and overly bitter

    Overall:
    Oxygen is absolute Poison for this.
    Freshly bottled this was good, but nothing remarkable.
    With Oxidization, this turned into a watery, bitter Mess.
    Very unstable Malt, unusual for Glendronach.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      20 20

  24. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I just tried it right after TWS's 1995 Vintage, which made it really hard for me. He is a tidily delicious to enjoy whisky, but can not match his "predecessor" nearly.
    • Nose
      Very fruity, plum mustiness with a hint of mint, also lighter fruit, like raspberry, nut, boiled cocoa with a dash, lumumba, some oak, a touch of lemon peel, all in all very pleasing, after the first sip a little spicier, old leather is added
    • Taste
      quite mild, chocolaty and also fruit, raspberry jam, slightly artificial fruit, one notices immediately that here only 43% are behind, nut, creamy
    • Finish
      rather short, raspberry, still quite sweetish

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