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Glendronach 1972

Overall rating
94.63/100
votes
120
Whiskybase ID
WB72279
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Batch 12
Vintage
28.02.1972
Bottled
08.2015
Stated Age
43 years old
Casktype
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Butt
Casknumber
706
Number of bottles
414
Strength
51.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060399682077
Added on
25 Sep 2015 11:15 am by Cipidos
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 6565.19

100 × in wishlist

120 × member ratings

104 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1972

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.63 points

  1. ctu scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Matured, deep PX sherry bomb, but a few drops of water need to a really good balance.
    • Nose
      Floral. Big PX sherry and malt. Freshly cut grass and herbals. Milk caramel. Earth and mild smoke. Big fruits: mango, green apple, strawberry and blueberry.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Big PX sherry and bitter matured oak. Creamy peat. Orange peel. Prune, black currant and strawberry. Herbals and bitter chocolate. Raisin.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, spicy, oaky.

  2. cavalier66 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Note that this says "matured in the finest sherry cask".Other 1972s say "matured in the finest oloroso sherry cask".The 1971s say "matured in the finest Pedro Ximenez sherry cask"

    I think we can safely conclude that has most likely been re-racked from oloroso to PX at some point in its life.

    And don't get me started on the use of "finest"

  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    It is a superb very complex sherry.
    I find the nose a little behind and "discreet".
    Maybe the bottle has been open for a long time?

    In any case, the integration in the mouth is an explosion of flavor and you can hardly do better in large sherry.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Immediately flattering nose.
      Above all, precious wood, wrapped in a layer of camphor.
      Red and exotic fruits: redcurrant, raspberry, papaya, mango.
      Light leather, wax. Hazelnuts, Nutella. Raisin, rum. Dry grass.
    • Taste
      94 94
      In the mouth it is sweet for 51.1%, but the power is revealed after a few seconds.
      Large dose of leather, shoe polish. Wood, dark chocolate, liquorice, anise, cocoa powder. Milk, toasted almonds, hazelnuts, nuts.
      Raisins, figs.
      Slight smoke, earth, undergrowth, mud. Camphor.
      Spices, light Espelette pepper.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long and smooth finish on dark chocolate, blackberry, wood, liquorice and a little fresh mint.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Re taste 2 years after during H2H

    The nose seems a little muted this time round, the sherry is thick and fruity and even with a few drops of water seems a little hot but there is plenty of dark fruit flavour mixing with the sherry and a little peat.
    I think this is better than last time I tasted it
    Up by a point.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Moderator

    Wow, really good balance of sherry wood, sweetness, and fruitiness - complex and powerful - most likely the best Glendronach I had so far - almost perfect!
    • Nose
      96 96
      Intense notes of sherry and oak wood, dark chocolate, walnuts, dried fruits, dates, figs, espresso, notes of (good) leather and smoke, spices, cloves, pepper, brown sugar, tobacco, hints of cigars and ashes, farmy and earthy notes - excellent!
    • Taste
      98 98
      Punchy, very creamy, thick mellow, subtle sweetness, more dried fruits, also prune, little menthol, coffee and toffee, spices, nutmeg, cloves, xmas spice, pepper, heavy sherry, more dark chocolate with cooked oranges - superb!
    • Finish
      97 97
      Long, warm, more spices, more woody, not drying - very good!

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Head to head :- 

    1970 22 year 43% cask 546-7 Reserve Cantarelli Signatory   

    1972  39 year 49.9% cask 712   

    1972 1972 40 year 50.2% cask 713   

    1972 1972 43 year 51.1% cask 706     

    Tried all of these Glendronach H2H and they are all around the 90 point mark for me but the 1970 SV may get the nod.   

    The 1975 Speyburn Clan Cask 37 year cask 3413 55.4% is better than all of them on nose and taste and if you compare that it is roughly £300 at auction when the likes of cask 706 is £2000, it looks like an absolute steal.  

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The finish is the best part, great in parts but it is not in harmony.

    I see no reason to change my previous score of 90 points.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    In parts it is excellent but for me it lacks a little balance, his does however in a strange way make it very entertaining.
    • Nose
      Reminds me a little of the first Black Bowmore, due to how rich it is.

      The nose is basically a basket of stewed dark fruits, dark fruit jams but mixed in with Turkish Delight.

      If you leave it a little time in the glass some meat notes emerge but the fruit notes seem to get lighter.
    • Taste
      There is some peat mixing with the heavy sherry , actually quite a lot of peat and some woody bitterness is there, its dry and it is quite meaty, beef notes en mass,

      The fruit is very nice but its not mixing with the peat, it lacks balance and the fruit is getting swamped a little.
    • Finish
      Its long, zesty and fruity, probably the longest finish on the 72 I have had tonight.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Out of 9 high scoring bottles on the base the Glendronach came in last, still a good dram bearing in mind the competition.

    The highest rated whisky on WB was 3rd.

    Result 

    1 - Glenfiddich  1956 Intertrade

    2nd -  Glenlochy 1965 SV 

    3rd - Springbank 1969 SV 

    4th -  Black Bowmore 1st edition 

    5th - Blair Athol MI 

    6TH - Springbank 35 year Millenium 

    7th - Brora 2004 

    8th - Glenglassaugh 

    9th - Glendronach

    Full details on `The head to head whisky thread for tastings (H2H)`. dated 20th August 2017

    https://www.whiskybase.com/contribute/group/73/topic/16768/the-head-to-head-whisky-thread-for-tastings-h2h

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Best sherried Scotch whisky 1936 vintage onwards, 75 whiskies tasted.

    This whisky was 54th out of 75

    Whisky Heaven 96 points average.

    1) Glen Cawdor 1964/1983 43%Duthies for Samaroli 95/96/96 - 96

    Gold Medal Drams 95 Points average

    2) Caperdonich 1966 32 year cask 134 53.1% Signatory 95/95/95 - 95
    3) Glen Avon 1974 sherry cask 59.9% G&M 94/95/95 - 95
    4) Inchgower 1975 25 year 49.7% cask 9176 Kingsbury 94/95/95 - 95
    5) Strathisla 1967/1986 57% Duthies for Samaroli 94/95/95- 95
    6) Glengoyne 1972 40 year 55.5% Mos 1244 Diamonds 96/95/94 - 95
    7) Inchgower 1965 39 year cask 5423 48.1% Jack Wiebers 95/94/95 – 95
    *8) Macallan 1952 15 year 80 proof Rinaldi Import* 85/96/94 – 92
    But 95 for palate & finish average.
    Note
    The Macallan 1952 probably would have come 2nd if the nose had scored similar to the palate and finish, it would be unfair to push it any further down the pecking order and it was, along with the Glen Cawdor 1964 the only whisky I gave a 96p for the palate. It is where it is because the nose let it down and had a burnt off note I did not like but the taste was lovely.

    Silver Medal Drams 94 Points average

    9) Tobermory 1972 23 year 50% MI De Viris Illlustribus 94/95/94 - 94
    10) Glenfarclas 105 40 year 60%OB 94/95/94 – 94
    11) Glen Mhor 30 year Bar Metro 60.1% 94/95/94 – 94
    12) Dallas Dhu 1982 24 year cask 3739 OB 93/95/94 - 94
    13) Springbank 35 year 46% Millenium OB 93/95/94 - 94
    14) Macallan 1939 70 proof GM OB 93/95/94 - 94
    15) Glenglassaugh 1972 38 year cask 2891 59.1% ob 94/94/95 - 94 19247
    16) Tobermory 1972 OB purple label 32 year 49.5% 94/95/93 – 94
    17) Longmorn 1968 SMWS 7.27 53.8% 93/94/95 - 94
    18) Aberfeldy 19yr manager’s dram 1991 61.3% 94/94/94 - 94
    19) Balblair 1966 38 year 44% ob 94/94/94 - 94
    20) Speyburn 1975 cask 3413 55.4%OB 94/94/94 - 94 41085
    21) Glen Avon 15 year 57% Avonside whisky 93/94/94 – 94
    22) Glen Grant 1964 50 year cask 4462 gm 93/94/94 - 94
    23) Glenlossie 1972 17 year 57.7% Sestante 93/94/94 – 94
    24) Tamnavulin 35 year Forrester cask 3087 52.6% OB 93/94/94 - 94
    25) Blair Athol 21 year moon import the cars 93/94/94 - 94
    26) Talisker 1981 20 year 62% 93/94/94 - 94
    27 )Longmorn 1974 33 year laird bottling 43.7% 93/94/94 -94
    28) Mortlach 14 year 57% sestante 95/93/94 - 94

    Bronze Medal Drams 93 Points average

    29) Balmenach 14 year 1971 57.5% ob sestante 93/94/93 - 93
    30) Glenugie 1967 59.5% sherry wood Sestante 92/94/93 - 93
    31) Talisker 1957 57% GM black label 92/93/94 - 93
    32) Glenfarclas 21 year unblended 51.5% Edward Giaccone 93/94/92 – 93
    33) Jura 1966 30 year 51.6% cask 1868 Signatory 92/93/94 - 93
    34) springbank 1966 58.1% cask 443 LB 95/93/92 - 93
    35) Highland Park 1973 34 year OB cask 6384 46.5% 92/93/93 - 93
    36) Tamdhu 1962 44 year 43% GM 92/93/93 - 93
    37) Millburn 1967 34 year omc 50% 93/92/94 - 93
    38) Laphroaig 1998 20 year cask 700296 54.6 WM 94/92/93 93
    39) Glenrothes 1947 28 year 43% ferrarato OB 94/93/91- 93
    40) Strathisla 1963 48 year 51.8% cask 576 GM 94/92/92 – 93

    92 points average

    41) Talisker 1955 50 year Secret Stills GM 91/93/92 - 92
    42) Bunna 1968 34 year 43.5% OB 93/93/91 – 92
    43) Glengoyne 1969/98 cask 3525 51.6% OB 93/93/91 - 92
    44) Glenlochy 1965 32 year cask 1528 47.9% 92/92/93 - 92
    45) Tomintoul 1966 44 year cask 5261 49.1% JW 93/92/92 - 92
    46) Caperdonich 1972 39 year cask 52.8% TWA 91/92/93 - 92
    47) Pride of Strathspey 1939 43 year gm (Macallan) 95/92/90 - 92
    48) Macallan 1958/59 25 year Anniversary OB 94/92/91 - 92
    49) Glenlossie 1938 43 years 40% GM 93/92/91 - 92
    50) Glenrothes 1966 36 year 51.8% cask 1438 OB 94/91/91 – 92
    51) Avonside 1938 39 year 43% (Glenlivet) GM 94/92/90 - 92

    91 points average

    52) Miltonduff 1966 22 year Pluscarden Valley 58.4% 88/93/93 - 91
    53) Avonside 1938 33 year 43% (Glenlivet) GM 89/93/92 - 91
    *54) Glendronach 1972 cask 706 43 year 51.1% 90/92/92 – 91
    55) Glenfarclas 1964 40 year NC 1578 Recheirich 91/92/91 - 91
    56) Strathisla Decanter, Milton Distillery, William Longmire 90/92/91 - 91
    (Very rare whisky, early 1950`s peated Strathisla)
    57) Longmorn 1972 37 year 51.3% TWA 92/91/91 -91
    58) Highland Park 1960 dumpy 17 year 43% OB Ferraretto 92/91/90 - 91
    59) Glenrothes 1972 29 year Restricted Release 43% OB 90/91/91 - 91
    60) Aberlour 1964 25 year 43% OB 93/90/91 – 91
    61) Bowmore 1956 43% OB, pure islay malt seagull label 94/90/88 – 91
    62) Macphail’s 1938 Dram Taker’s 40% GM 92/92/89 – 91
    63) Bowmore 1970 34 year cask 4689 56.6% 92/91/89 – 91

    90 points average

    64) Old Speyside 1966 40 year 45.6% Taste Still 87/92/91 - 90
    65) Strathisla 1937 37 year 40% 70 proof GM 90/91/89 – 90
    66) Highland Park dumpy 19 year 43% OB Ferraretto Imp 91/90/89 – 90
    67) Benriach 1984 28 year 50.2% cask 1050 OB 89/89/91 - 90

    89 points average & under

    68) Auchentoshan 1970 21 year 43% ob, sherry 93/87/88 - 89
    69) Longmorn 1972 39 year 45% LMDW 93/88/87 - 89
    70) Macallan 1962 25 year anniversary OB 43% 89/88/88 - 88
    71) Glen Grant 1936 decanter 50 year gm 85/89/88 - 87
    72) Ben Nevis 1967 41 year, cask 1281 49.4% 87/85/91 – 87
    73) Glen Grant 1953 58 year 47.9% GM 85/83/82 – 83
    74) Glenlossie 1975 44 year cask 2907 GM 86/65/70 – 73

    Tried right at the end Bonus Dram Daftmill cask 029/2009 sherry 61.1%
    91-92 points average

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