Glendronach 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
15 years old
Oloroso Sherry
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
01 sep 2015 9:05 pm by alectron

Average value

€ 120.60

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Whisky reviews for Glendronach 15-year-old

12 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.38 points.

  1. Nosingbär scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Defends his status over and over again. Although you have to put the current hype about the old bottles into perspective. What made it special back then, among other things, were the older barrels that were allowed in the bottles at an incredibly low price. It's no longer available today, on the contrary, the prices are slowly becoming extravagant. Without a doubt great stuff, timeless, irreplaceable. Anyone who bought it cheaply back then can be happy. Everyone else would have to pay more today than it's worth. It pays to stay on the ball and track down the undervalued underdogs before the attention leads to the inevitable takeover by gentlemen in suits and the end of the Golden Age. ;)
    • Nose
      Like a drug. There is sweetness, a certain tartness and aromatic spiciness. Ripe banana, truckload of tart-sweet sherry, dates, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, toffee, dried fruit. povidl. Orange marmalade with rind. I also find the odd leathery note that points to the older casks.
    • Taste
      sour, then sweet Arrival. Spreads out warm and becoming sweeter, especially with a tasteful, tart sherry note. Just awesome. Marzipan, sugared almonds. Juicy orange. Tea.
    • Finish
      sweet, liquorice, nutty, sherry spreads from the palate all over the mouth. Black tea, chai tea. You can chew on the exit. Delicious.

  2. Apikalov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Dogs2 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. AlexMS scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Interesting malt with significant influence of sherry casks.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Orange, chocolate and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Raisins, dried apricots, fruit drops, candied fruits, sherry.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Oak, ginger, black pepper, prunes.

  5. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Classy whisky, already practically legendary, with ever lesser opportunities to try with an ever-increasing price tag. Balanced, rich and deep in comparison with the modern version.
    • Nose
      Saturated sherry, thick, dried mushrooms, mushroom soup, dried fruits, strong tea brew, vanilla, delicious oak, brandy varnish, rye croutons, light citrus fruits, herbal infusion, old leather furniture, a little chocolate, light tobacco soda, dates, candied fruits. cranberries, berry sour, waffles "Artek", chocolate muffins. Absolutely not spitual. Extremely well balanced and rich aroma.
    • Taste
      Juicy, thick, compote of dried fruits, floral, citrus, oak, chocolate, meat with sweet-berry sauce.
    • Finish
      Heated, citrus, fruit, herbal tincture, pleasant oak, chocolate.

  6. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      very cute; Vanilla; Caramel; creamy molasses (syrup); spices; a touch of nut? clearly sherry and a trace of oak / barrel
    • Taste
      First sherry and sweet; then clear oak; Fruitiness and strong spices; light touch nut
    • Finish
      long; first oak; sweet; afterwards becoming slightly bitter; Sherry again; the oak stays long

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The "first" revival - an ingenious malt for a small price.
    [Color] chestnut;
    • Nose
      intense: dark berries, raisins, sherry, caramel, spice, oak;
    • Taste
      strong (46%), full-bodied, sherry, chocolate, spicy oak covers the palate, very aromatic;
    • Finish
      long finish with sherry; spicy oak lingers;

  8. krupoder scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Wine, cognac, bitter chocolate, coffee, oak, sponge cake and bread, cherry blossoms.
    Taste: fresh, alcoholism is not felt, bitter chocolate, assorted chocolates with liquid filling, vanilla biscuit, ice cream.
    Aftertaste: medium duration, very pleasant.
    Balance: Delicious, complex, drinkable, an increase in strength could be beneficial, lacking density and oiliness.

  9. krupoder scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Wine, cognac, bitter chocolate, coffee, oak, biscuit and bread, a cherry blossom.
    Taste: fresh, spirituous is not felt, bitter chocolate, assorted chocolates with liquid filling, vanilla-sponge cake, plombir.
    Aftertaste: medium duration, very pleasant.
    Balance: Delicious, complex, spicy, increased strength could benefit, lack of density and oiliness.

  10. Gloin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The smell is convincing, it is complex, intense and exciting. He invites you to take a look at the whisky.
    In the mouth, the impression continues, but the whisky gets tart. The typical Glendronach sourness is missing. He is very barrel-heavy. I miss a little sweetness as a counterpoint to the spicy bitterness. The shows only in the second sip.
    The finish shows a little of this sweetness, but is somewhat one-sided compared to the nose and mouth.
    A very nice whisky, but the interim fuss that was made about him, he is not quite fair. At that time, however, a top whisky.
    I imagine that one realizes that this whisky is actually more than 15 years old.
    • Nose
      Orange, some cherry, behind it a grassy, ​​herbal note, spicy, nutmeg, oregano, some cassis, wet wood, a little leather
    • Taste
      Nutty on the nose, oily body, delicate astringent, dried fruit, apricot, raisin, espresso, dark chocolate, brand beans, bread crust, some malt, in the background a delicate bitterness, sweetness only shows in the second sip
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate, espresso, spicy oak, some malt, a hint of sweetness of brown sugar

  11. Glennie scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. joerg.scheid scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  13. joerg.scheid scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Excellent malt with very good PLV, unfortunately hardly available.
    • Nose
      Sweetness, vanilla, light smoke, heavy with sherry
    • Taste
      Nut, caramel, oak, almonds, sweet, full-bodied, very harmonious and later drier.
    • Finish
      some smoke, light pepper, sherry notes, very balanced, long round finish

  14. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N: Such a marked contrast to the modern Macallan 12 [2016] WB. Not only in the arbitrary extra three years+ but mainly in the calibre of the casks that give a far richer depth. Added to that are the hints of mineral peat tones in the mix that indicate this is a winner from the off.
    T: Rich, fruity oily, salivating mouthfeel and some candle wax. Again, compared to the Mac 12, it's richer, fruitier, deeper and oh so vibrant but without that crazy 'zing' that is akin to the modern styled/engineered, first fill NAS & young whiskies of today.
    F:  I'm digging those moorish sugars coming from the sherry with that mineral peat detected on the nose - oh and those vegetal notes and chocolate getting involved at the death. The wood is more than equal to the spirit and vice versa - or more succinctly, equally matched. The sherry is never obtrusive.
    C: Dave broom says that the quality of casks at Macallan is reported to be low. It's fair to say that the cask quality at Glendronach have been rather high for some years now. This bottle is a later [2015] version WB bottled just before the Revival was phased out. I think Glendronach gave their followers a good send-out batch. Looking forward to the revival's revival.

    Scores an A-


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