Glendronach Peated

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bourbon + Oloroso & PX Sherry Cask Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
25 ppm
Bottle code
Added on
23 Sep 2015 3:25 pm by mds51

Average value

€ 50.89

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach Peated

68 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.24 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Light Sweet Smoke

    BenRiach already has quite a few peated expressions and a few years ago there was a Glenglassaugh Torfa. So it comes as no surprise that Billy Walker and his team decided to release a peated version of GlenDronach. This distillery is best known for their sherry matured whisky, but this young GlenDronach matured on bourbon casks and then got a finish on both Oloroso and PX sherry casks. The spirit was lightly peated to 25ppm.

    Well, there is hardly any peat on the nose, to be honest. Surely, there is a very mild smokiness, but really very little. Less than in the Glenglassaugh Torfa, for example. I do get a lot of white fruit, mocha and sultanas and a nice helping of honey. This is all fine and good, but far from exciting.

    It is nicely creamy and round and honeysweet on pastry, roasted nuts, frosties and something milky. Some nettles in the background. Some pineapple on the barbecue. Again, all fine and good.

    The finish remains sweet with a bit of woodsmoke, but is rather short.

    Light, sweet smoke – that is how you could describe this GlenDronach. But when I think of GlenDronach, I expect much more. Around 40 EUR.

  2. Koobz scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This peated Glendonach is good and well done, but it suffers from a too small aromatic palette. It is a simple whisky, obvious, unsurprising and instant.
    • Nose
      it seems from the start very young and not very attractive: cereals, hay, green wood. Peat brings toasted notes, but we are far from archetypes of Islay. It then evolves towards cinnamon, honey, and some lemon notes, but the dominant remains vegetal.
    • Taste
      light, sweet and tangy, like a lemon meringue pie. It's rather pleasant. We find cereals, roasted almonds and honey. The peat is present and brings a nice note of smoke and consistency to the whole of the dr
    • Finish
      long and lemony, but rather monolithic.

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Good value for money, a pleasant easy-to-drink introductory smoker for every day.
    However, personally I consider a peated malt to be superfluous at GD, the still has its strengths elsewhere - "cobbler, stick to your last"
    • Nose
      Very sweet, medium smoke, vanilla, buttery toffee, a trace of acetic acid
    • Taste
      Creamy and soft, smoky, fleshy, fully ripe Jonagold apples, fresh apple mint
    • Finish
      Very sweet and extremely tasty, smoky and medium long

  4. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  5. rottendon scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A little too young but well balanced, completely uncomplicated beginner dram, whose price is probably a bit too high. Very interchangeable, you would not think blindly at Glendronach. Shoemaker stick to your last? Rather not, he will surely find his lover, who will probably not come from the majority of the camp of the Distillery fans, and thus he would have fulfilled his task for the marketers already. For my part: Nice to have tried him, he does not come to my shelf.
    • Nose
      Fresh fruity, pears and limes, little smoke, slightly phenolic, grain and malt, vanilla. After a little longer caramel and less fruit notes. The phenolic in the smoke has disappeared, actually all the smoke is almost completely suppressed. When heated, a few sherry tunes actually come in, but only very discreetly. Overall, he looks very sweet now. A distinct marshmallow note with delicate acidity now dominates. The alcohol tickles clearly in the nose.
    • Taste
      Not as sweet as the nose can expect, light honey, a slight harshness and grassy notes dominate, overall very tasty. Towards the rear, a not unpleasant bitterness develops, which however is slightly metallic.
    • Finish
      The finish is more on the short side, only a touch of ash remains a little longer on the tongue.

  6. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    a young, pleasant medium-smoking whisky that could have come from everywhere. The sherry has at best left some sweet notes here and probably served as a color donor. Kind. In a beginner's tasting as an introduction to smoky whiskys conceivable.
    • Nose
      rather lightly smoky, cold ashes, tart sherry influence, some fresh plums, sweet vanilla, some grass, not too bad
    • Taste
      honey sweet, pleasant, not intrusive smoke level, slightly salty, not to feel the trace of sherry here.
    • Finish
      medium long, sweet and slightly peaty.

  7. Saftkenner scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    An interesting experiment by Glendronach.
    Of course it is known that you can usually hide your youth behind the smoke, but a few more older and fresher barrels could have been quiet here ...
    The highlight here is in any case the first sip, which offers a nice surprise after a rather unbalanced nose.
    • Nose
      79 79
      The alcohol is clearly noticeable and something stings your nose. Very delicate smoke, fermented light fruits, light citrus notes, honey, baked apple, some glue.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Strong, peppery and slightly dry.
      Musty smoke, light tannins, pineapple, apples, gooseberries, light spicy notes of cheese.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium-long finish. Tannins, cold ash, roasted almonds, a little lemon and apricot.

  8. TechnOBY scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  9. hafssol scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Curious peated expression for a distillery mostly reknown for its rounded sherried malts. The combination seems hard at first, with some edges,a bit of dryiness and a not complete balance between the two elements.
    Anyway, it grows after being open from a while and with a few drops of water. It's not an Islay peated malt, of course, and you don't have to expect so, but it slowly reveals enjoyable notes of red fruits and smoke nicely blended together.

  10. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83


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