Glendronach 1972

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Batch 12
Stated Age
43 years old
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
51.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 Sep 2015 11:15 am by Cipidos
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 6610.24

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1972

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.65 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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"

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  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.


    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


  10. Cigarsky scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    Colour: amber.
    Nose: leather, tobacco and flints. Mouth (neat): typical sweetness, oranges, bags of prunes, black raisins
    Finish: long, remaining very clean, which isn't always the case with heavily sherried malts.


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