Glendronach 1990

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Batch 12
Stated Age
25 years old
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon
Number of bottles
51.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 Sep 2015 11:16 am by Cipidos
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 530.48

34 × in wishlist

90 × member ratings

138 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1990

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.01 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] Serge describes "a touch of gunpowder" so I expect a heavily sulphur-spoiled dram...

    ...right, it is! If even Serge mentions a "sulphur-keyword" you can bet there are tons of this unpleasant flavour in that dram. So if you like just bold and impressive stuff this one is for you - all that are rather sensitive to the smell of hell should shy away. By the way, Serge scored it 90 points.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a punchy rich but sulphur-spoiled profile (burnt matches, gunpowder). The sherry is bold and rather dry with a lot of bitter herbal aromas that drives it somewhat out of balance. Additional chalky-mineral notes boost this bitter wooden side - and: Where are the malt aromas?
    • Taste
      82 82
      The taste is rich on both sherry-induced and sulphurous flavours (no sulphur without sherry, that is the law). It is just at the edge of undrinkability (to me) but the strong sherry flavours somehow sooth the sulphurous pain. Again: Where are the malt flavours? Forget about water - it just strengthens the ingredients of the devil...
    • Finish
      80 80
      The initial mouthfeel is hot and bitter-astringent (the diabolic side takes its toll) and just very little coating. The finish is long and sherry-sweet and turns scurfy-drying towards the end (the devil wins, finally). I guess a lot of rookies like such strong impressions what is absolutely okay. I do not, because the sulphur kills all other flavours on my taste buds...

  2. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

    Too much bitterness.

    I've given the bottle every opportunity to right it's self, but no. This bottle has been opened for two months now and is 25% full when doing this review. Once I realized this was a dud I decided to trade the rest of my Glendronach cask strength releases as too many have fallen way too short in quality to justify such high priced releases that most seem to be infused with sulphur to varying degrees.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet milk chocolate, caramel, cooked fruit.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Viscous sweet chocolate, minor fruit, soft caramel all before swallowing. But when swallowed a wall of bitterness and spice engulfs the palate to the point of not tasting anything but bitterness. Very disappointing. I believe there is sulphur in this release.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Very drying, bitter with some cacao.

  3. Vince' scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose : Old sherry-soaked wood, sweetness and acidity alternate. Cherry liquor going in the direction of Mon cherie, raisins and nice dark chocolate are also to be found. With more oxygen, spices are released: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla but generally less sweet than at the beginning. Light roasted aromas set in and are reminiscent of roasted hazelnuts. Generally, however, a concentrated charge sweet / sour cherry is in the foreground. The nose becomes more acidic / wine-like and the typical "old beautiful sherry" association is spreading: unburned cigar tobacco and old leather armchairs.
    It's time for a few drops of water, which makes it far spicier and wineier. Ostensibly Liebstöckl and some balsamic are to be found. A little more Nüssaromen than without water are also heard. Bitter almond, orange peel and bitter old oak are also present and blend in perfectly with the overall flavor.

    Taste: Surprising! Far less sweet than the nose would suggest. Light approaches of raisins, tingle is in the pleasant area. Quickly roasted aromas, walnuts and a lot of coffee. A light vanilla also resonates and an association of some leather also comes to my mind. Bittersweet and bitter alternate. However, just the coffee or the fresh tobacco note remain in the rear end of the middle of the tongue. The finish is quite long, but at the end relatively one-dimensional.
    With water (about 4 large drops) : Short sweet and again are raisins to find. However, the sweetness flies relatively quickly and beautiful old sherry makes itself in the mouth wide: coffee, dark chocolate, a lot of spice, tobacco, leather and a pleasant subtle acidity with a bunch of excellent spicy roasted aromas. A wonderfully full mouthfeel and very different than I would have had a PX barrel in anticipation. Dark chocolate stays on the tongue for a long time. From time to time the raisin flashes with a little acid. At the end of the day, the strong black coffee, the espresso and persistently old sherry flavors stay on top.
    Conclusion: a lot of time and patience. The need of the GlenDronach. Then it kindles the flavors that make me fly to the 7th heaven. This vinous, spicy sherry loaded with loads of roasted aromas is exactly what I expect from such a Glendronach. No juice bag, but associations of cigar tobacco and old leather couch ... Sweet is here rather in the background to find what I really liked. Fabulous!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. mQkz scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Best sherry I've ever tasted! This PX matured whisky is fabulous!!!Tasted from sample, bought bottle immediately!
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The only reason I'm not going higher on the points is because I'd like the distillate to come through a bit more. 

    Tasted with Glengoyne 25yo OB 48% (91 pts.).

    I consider this a good purchase at the original price (around 150-160 pounds), but wouldn't pay auction prices if I was looking for something to drink.

    [edit] I had to drop my score by one. The last 1/5 of the bottle was slightly more bitter and not as well composed as the rest, making for example the above mentioned Glengoyne a superior product. The bottle was open only 6 months before being finished.
    • Nose
      A sugary latte, some assorted chocolates, mushrooms in chocolate sauce, and leather. Mulled wine. Savoury and rich. Apart from the fatty peat smoke, this is mostly the cask talking, but it being unusually eloquent for a woodcraft item, I don't mind the monologue. With water there's chess pieces, dark chocolate,  and cherries. 
    • Taste
      Compared to Glengoyne 25yo OB 48%, this one's sweeter and more sugaried. A PX vs oloroso thing, probably. Neat it is a little sharp. The distillate supports while the cask reigns, and IMO not that many distillates could carry this right, but Glendronach can. Tree bark and allspice, waves and waves of velvety PX, and a classy, rounded body with nary a flaw. 
    • Finish
      Clinging, with strong oak balanced by the distillate's fattiness and peat, which tie the whole together and stop it from becoming a vulgar 'secondary aromas only' affair. Amazingly lasting and unusually full.

  6. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    yes an interesting, fragrant, complex whisky to disassemble or enjoy - the price development compared to the very good Revival or Parliament, but keeps me very safe from the purchase of a large bottle - the sample I still enjoyed
    • Nose
      intense red fruits - fresh acidity floats over underlying sweetness, balsamic, light bitterness like grape seeds ground berry seeds, many spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, juniper, walnut shell, orange peel, vanilla, oak, tobacco, nougat cream, leather, ethereal resin - cooling , Mint, rose petals, bouillon, soy sauce
    • Taste
      sweet, dark fruity mild - then tart, woody, spicy, slightly alcoholic - it explodes on the tongue - with the next sip of much vanilla is released, slightly concentrated bitter fruitiness, old wood, leather, mint - rose petals again
    • Finish
      bitter fruity, corpulent, sour, chocolate, coffee, old oak - finally, long, sweet and cooling mint

  8. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Batch 12 contains the following bottles:

    1972 cask 706           
    1990 cask 1375         
    1994 cask 3273         
    1994 cask 3398         
    1995 cask 444            
    1995 cask 3806         
    1995 cask 4034         
    2003 cask 934   
    2004 cask 5524     

  9. Wilco scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Doctor B. scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I can´t even express how stunning this sherry-bomb is....!!!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92


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