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Glendronach 25-year-old

Overall rating
91.05/100
votes
76
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Grandeur
Bottled
15.09.2015
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butts
Casknumber
Batch 7
Number of bottles
1180
Strength
50.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060399682398
Added on
17 Jan 2016 3:14 pm by Cipidos
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 622.25

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76 × member ratings

121 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 25-year-old

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.05 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. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 1044 sold empty at ebay.

  3. Bullionstattsuppe scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    Malthead 77 points:
    https://www.malthead.org/malthead/glendronach-grandeur-batch-7-vs-glendronach-13yrs-2003-tasting

  4. 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

  5. WSP scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  6. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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.

  7. DenisL 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)

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Andytka3 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Soothing yet rich, not as robust I would love it but strike a fine
    balance as a well sherried dram. Fruit cake, raisin, roasted coffee
    bean, chocolate, ripe banana with grounded mixed spices.

    P- Melt in the mouth with abundance of monk fruit, raisin and spices with tinge of citric. Elegant and delicate.

    F- Long with chocolate emerge at the tail, broad and growing overtimes. Creamy and waxy remains.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

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