Glendronach 25-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
25 years old
Sherry Butts
Batch 7
Number of bottles
50.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 Jan 2016 3:14 pm by Cipidos

Average value

€ 992.01

44 × in wishlist

88 × member ratings

143 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 25-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.79 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] A sample that was offered to me as "another potential sulphur pleaser" (thanks, VVP) but no one ever stated a sulphurous note in his/her review at WB so far. Did the whisky industry succeed in convincing the customers that there is no such unwanted flavour like sulphur, finally?

    ...and indeed it seems this way. The sulphurous notes in here are not that strong as with other drams but they are clearly detectable both in the nose and taste (spent matches and fireworks, disgusting scurfy mouthfeel). And so they can sell a completely flawed whisky for (even for perfect drams) unreasonable price points. And the cheated customers applaud and enjoy this stuff that twenty years ago the distilleries themselves would have emptied into the drain...

    I wait for the time when the controllers suggest to build the stills of cheaper steel instead of expensive copper (you know, the only reason why they are made of copper is the capability of copper to remove the unwanted sulphurous flavours - that are later added from a stupid practice of burning sulphur candles inside the sherrry casks to prevent them from rotting in the hot spanish climate. That practice started in 1982 when Spain joined the EEC - later EU - and their regulations forbid the bulk export of fortified wines like sherry in casks). And I wonder if they start to intentionally produce such spoiled whiskies if the customer base for that grows as it looks right now (simply check the WB ratings of sulphurous whiskies).

    But why the hell (literally!) do they never state this flavour on the label or in official tasting notes as they do with peat levels for example? The only reason to keep this under wraps is: They know very well that this is a flawed whisky!!!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Boah ne, so nice 87P but maybe. no distillery whose hype and sales are so far apart in relation to the qualities of the last 5-6 years like GD, you man one (and yes, I already had 1-2 great grandeur, anyway).
    • Nose
      Phew, lots of furniture polish, unfortunately typical modern Glendronach problems here, oiled leather, hazelnut oil, camphor, some truffle oil also included, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark honey, ginger, motor oil, milk chocolate and cocoa
    • Taste
      Becoming fruity, plums, plums and black cherries, a little alcoholic and even (however that is feasible with age) metallic, copper, saffron, milk chocolate and toffee, anise
    • Finish
      Sulfur, cold matches, medium (maximum), damp oak

  3. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 1044 sold empty at ebay.

  4. Ganga scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    I traded very little for this bottle because the owner didn't like it.  I do like it.  It is robust sherry though a little sulfured.  Oh, the trade was for a 1996 10 yo Arran, a 10 yo Tamdhu discontinued and a 12 yo HP from around 2003.  So discontinued bottlings that were inexpensive but no longer available for a more expensive bottle.  Both parties were happy so while it looks like someone took advantage that is not reality
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. wbarchive_336582 scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    Malthead 77 points:

  6. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Much more restrained than many Glendronach, which I had so far in the glass. Nevertheless, delivers in the nose and mouth very well, but ultimately I personally as an edgy single barrel with decent cheeks then often prefer.
    • Nose
      90 90
      distinctly sherry, but not as sherry bomb as you would expect from some single casks, light citrus notes, raisins, spicy oak, creamy in the background, rubbed dark chocolate, caramel, the warmer it is, the more the oak comes through, with old leather
    • Taste
      91 91
      creamy, oily, sweet, raisins, a touch of sulfur, then oak, which brings some dryness and spice, a little espresso, the intensity rather reserved and filigree, the mouthfeel is overall very sweet and dark fruity, alcohol is well integrated, could good also a 43-46% drinking strength, but 50,6% I do not notice here
    • Finish
      89 89
      dry, fruit bowl, slightly bittersweet, some hazelnut, red berries, medium-long and warm

  7. WSP scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 84 points Moderator

    Nose; Soft fruits, light tobacco, medium-dark chocolate.Palate; Spicy-sweet with medium light fruits with some bitterness.

    Finish Spicy-bitter chocolate medium length. Not very complex.

    Kind-of a let down. Expected much more. Seems very restrained. Will give it another go in December. Maybe oxidization will allow it to open up more.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80
      Very bitter after taste.

  9. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A huge candy, sprinkled with spices, in a warm fruit salad (93)
    • Nose
      The The aroma is brighter (24 year old), spices and ripe fruits, leather and lacquer. Chocolate ... cinnamon ... ripe plum ... biscuit crust with caramel. Shining oak sliver. (24)
    • Taste
      Fruit Bomb! Sweet, tender, creamy. Wax of a wax (23)
    • Finish
      Finish continues the taste ... slightly astringent, delicate and very fruity.Chocolate and walnut, patent leather and wax, tobacco (23)

  10. drummer & timmer did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    After a quarter of a century peacefully lying in our traditional dunnage warehouses, Master Blender Billy Walker has selected a combination of characterful casks which truly encapsulates the rich history and heritage between the Highland character of GlenDronach and the finest Spanish oloroso sherry casks.

    Tastingnotes by Glendronach
    • Nose
      An abundance of classic sherried fruits, rich damsons, dates and sweet plum juice infused with freshly sliced ginger and cracked black pepper. Softer notes of orange chocolate and walnut loaf add a delicate balance to the robust dark sherry influences.
    • Taste
      An elegant, vintage sherry style comprising of classic Mediterranean fruits, dark sun-dried raisins, dates and fig syrup infused with delicate chocolate fondant, roasted coffee and a dusting of ground almonds. A delightful combination of sophisticated warm oak spices, freshly-cut ginger and gentle waves of caramelised orange gives a vibrant crisp contrast to the traditional Highland sherry cask characteristics.


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