Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
11 years old
Sauternes Wine Cask
Number of bottles
56.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Nectar Belgium
Added on
02 Aug 2015 2:59 pm by Arranthony_Moray
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 249.00

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 2003

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.42 points

  1. TheMbG scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very perfumed and delicious nose
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very sweetly scented, nut, wood, vanilla, floral touch
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sharp entry, then spicy and caramel, wood, coffee
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long, nut, wood, coffee, slightly spicy

  2. WillWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Can smell some cream and cheese, sweet
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. NielsZ scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Powerful dram with a lovely and promising sweet sherry nose. Tastewise I'm perhaps left a bit underwhelmed because the nose didn't quite come through with a broad palate.

    Overall though, I find this to be an enjoyable sweet and powerful no-nonsense whisky for sherry lovers, which is however not particularly smooth, complex or perfectly well balanced.

    EDIT: after adding even more water, my tasting notes get a bit more balanced so it getting a higher rate of 84.
    • Nose
      Quite overpowering due to the ABV. However I'm getting baked apple, honey, nutmeg, marzipan, woodsmoke. After adding water these become even more noticeable.
    • Taste
      Straight out of the bottle I'm not getting much tasting notes, due to overpowering alcoholic strength. After adding a bit of water, the palate begins to open up a bit more and I'm getting a warming sweetness with hints of marzipan and honey but also a certain bitter note in the end, which I can't quite identify and don't find too pleasing either.
    • Finish
      Well rounded finish with a sort of mineral note (perhaps even a bit 'grapey') and a tiny bit of light woodsmoke in the background.

  4. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Swims well. Somewhat one-dimensional. He is good at what he can do.
    • Nose
      Typical grapey Sauternes note, however, the alcohol pushes too much. There is water needed. With water (about 50%): the grapes get strength and it comes to a lot of honey, the sniffing is so much more fun EDIT: Later, Kellogg's frosty or cornflakes came through, roasted malt could be called it
    • Taste
      Sweet grape oak. Very creamy. The cask strength is too much in my eyes. With water: creamy without end, the grapes and the honey are back, but something else does not come to my mind
    • Finish
      Very pleasant. Light oak. The creaminess remains. With water: a little shorter, but a lot more fruity, a little bit oak, smacky, also here I have the roasted malt at some point

  5. Shane_IL scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at a Malt Mongers Israel evening.

    Sauternes matured whisky is not my favourite in general. But this wasn’t as cloyingly sweet as some Sauternes matured whiskies, but still very winey in character. Interestingly a sulphury note popped up which I wasn’t expecting but apparently can be a characteristic of the wine.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/09/16/malt-mongers-israel-glendronach-evening/
    • Nose
      Rich wood with varnish. Caramel. Carrots. Glue. Salt. Salty toffee. With water some sulphur
    • Taste
      Very spicy. White grape juice concentrate. Dry wine tannins.
    • Finish
      Long. Sweet wine and sweet fruits. Spicy, mainly woodspice but a hint of pepper. Dry wood.


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