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Glendronach 15-year-old Revival

Overall rating
87.67/100
votes
2468
Whiskybase ID
WB7541
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2009-2015
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5060088791677
Added on
26 Apr 2009 9:16 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 225.43

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 15-year-old Revival

184 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.67 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 91 points Super Administrator

    If you are on a malt treasure hunt, watch out for the word 'discontinued'. GlenDronach 15 was easily the best whisky of the distillery's core range. The nose is overwhelmingly complex with balsamic vinegar, overripe berries, raisins, maraschino cherries and a touch of mint. A rich and powerful sherry arrival underscores the caliber of the casks used in maturation. Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cinnamon and walnuts mingle with dried fruits, herbs and tannins. Substantial, savory and pleasantly spicy in the finish, this bottling is a real beauty of a Single Malt!

    RATING: 4.5/5.0 stars ≙ 91 pts → SUPERB
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    So I'll keep this short because I was expecting a lot more with all the hype that was being produced around the bottle. For me a "yes" good 15 he. But that's it, please. Unfortunately, I cannot understand the PLV at> 200 €. Sorry
    • Nose
      Orange peel mixed with sweet tobacco. Strong berry notes with herbaceous grass. Very fruity and leathery.
    • Taste
      The start is hearty with spices in a leather bag. Oily with a strong fruit note from apples to apricots. Sweet, nutty impression with a slight bitterness, but completely ok. So he's doing a good number in the mouth. Respect!
    • Finish
      Medium with espresso notes and the dark chocolate as expected. Malty and sweet with spicy oak.

  3. SilentBeing scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    An exceptionally well balanced sherry intense whisky. If you prefer a regular sherry bomb you won’t go wrong with the Allardice, but the Revival is to me slightly more complex and interesting. A modern classic, no less.
    • Nose
      Distinct, complex and heavily sherried nose. Notes of dark chocolate, walnut and molasses with a little vanilla. Plenty of dark fruits; raisins, prunes and maraschino cherries. A hint of fermentation like balsamic vinegar in the back.
    • Taste
      Full and intense sherry flavour. The arrival is sweet, but not overly so, with notes of toffee, oranges, raisins, wallnuts and chocolate. The sweetness is perfectly balanced by notes of coffee and slightly sour cherries. Moderately spicy and slightly salty toward the finish with a hint of cinnamon and anise.
    • Finish
      Long, dry and mouthwatering. Spice, dark chocolate, cherries and oak. In the end a lingering sweetness with a hint of cherries.

  4. Calmar scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Bravo Glendronach, extremely successful Molot, powerful and rich in all components, a single, monolithic, beautiful balance, bright character, multifaceted and deep, nimble, and very inexpensive. Excellent
    • Nose
      Fruit-wine, berry jam, dried fruits, raisins, a lot of raisins, dried apricots, prunes, apple jam, toffee, cream, light carpenter-lacquer notes - multifaceted, saturated, dense - very good.
    • Taste
      Sweet raisins, an explosion of pepper, bitterness of oak, powerful and rich, lemon peels, creamy toffee.
    • Finish
      Continuation of taste - spices and oak bitter against the background of raisins and dried fruits, grapefruit crusts, burnt sugar, bitter chocolate, light sour fruit compote.

  5. Bart&Claudia scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Oily, full, great texture. 15 years, yeah right ;) One of those drams I wish would've never changed. 
    • Nose
      Overripe grapes going on raisins, woodsap, almonds, stewed pears, pralines, wet leather jacket. 
    • Taste
      Herbs allover, spiced biscuits and almond paste, toasted nuts (almonds, walnuts and pecan), dried fruits, leather, lovely oak, white wine accidity, mold.  
    • Finish
      Bitter at first with loads of pepper, lingering accidity and sweet spices. The pralines are back but much darker now. Keeps changing, unrelenting. 

  6. Blo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Excellent. There is no other word. What a shame that the price of this whisky continues to rise, slowly but surely. And that it becomes more and more rare. An undeniable success, and one of my favorite "affordable" sherry.
    • Nose
      Sherry, of course. But it is remarkably well done and this sherry is nothing overwhelming. Beautiful notes of old noble wood furniture, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and humus in the rainforest. Beautiful, complex.
    • Taste
      Nice attack, nervous and precise. Dried fruits, dates, figs, grapes. Small woody kick. It is very complex and the aromas are sent back to each other. Really different from the nose but just as successful.
    • Finish
      Long, on a fruity dryness and slightly sweet.

  7. 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. Looking forward to the revival's revival.

    Scores an A-

  8. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Dark fruits, blueberries, plums and raisins with a profound spicyness of nutmeg, clear oak wood and some cinnamon.

    Taste: more of the dark red fruits and clear sherry overtones. Turns bitter in the back of the mouth due to the heavyness of the sherry cask oak wood.

    Finish: dark chocolate bitterness and lots more wood. Even tends a bit towards what chewing on a log of oak wood would probably taste like.

    Overall a very good whisky but a little heavy on wood influence in the aftertaste. Apparently very active casks are used for this expression, I probably should try the 12 yo next to it.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. andrii_nahornyi scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  10. Burch scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Notes from 3/5/15:

    The quintessential heavily sherried malt? Maybe that's too bold of a statement. That said, Glendronach delivers to the sherry heads on this one. An excellent whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fresh and mellow. Salted caramels, tobacco, rubber smell like at a tire shop. Sherry nuttiness.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Smooth and big. Rubbery again yet somehow well-balanced - salty, caramel, coffee.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Starts just like you took a sip of amontillado. Then again with the rubber then turns fruity. Blueberry? Candied in the end. This one is an adventure.

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