Glendronach 08-year-old The Hielan'

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
08 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Added on
27 Feb 2016 12:39 pm by Daniel Hohleweg

Average value

€ 37.34

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 08-year-old The Hielan'

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.13 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points Administrator

    With its combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, The Hielan' offers a nice twist to the GlenDronach theme. Thumbs up for the age statement! On the nose, fresh fruits, butterscotch and beeswax are interwoven with vanilla, cinnamon and hints of thyme. Punchy, crisp and spirit-driven, the palate takes over with citrus-honey, pepper and a touch of arugula. A gentle hug from the casks appears towards the finish, leaving behind a nutty/grassy aftertaste. Although I do prefer the sherry monsters, this young malt qualifies for a perfect everyday dram.

    RATING: 3.7/5.0 stars ≙ 85 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. Thermidor scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Tastes and feels young, and isn't in my opinion totally ready, but I prefer this to Glenfarclas of similar age, since this one is fattier, rounder and less grassy to me.

    Thanks to member Waykid for the sample!
    • Nose
      Some yeast in water and a fattiness that helps round it. Some smoke of a dry, kiln-like style, and a medium sherry touch, much lighter than I thought it would have, but then again when I think back on the CS releases versus the single casks my expectations were wrong. There is some sawdust and a dry, spicy note. Yeast, sawdust, spices... sure this isn't Wolfburn?
    • Taste
      The softness of the body surprises me. Sure, it's 46 %, but a young whisky from 2010s that's neither sharply boozy nor watery, or overly yeasty? I'm impressed. Marabou chocolate, something coppery, some highland peat, and sugar. It could stand to have a more definite profile, but then on the other hand it doesn't have any overdone finish either, which is a plus.
    • Finish
      Short, sweet, oily, and sugary.

  3. Lakerfield scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    While not a real stunner of a whisky and not typically GlenDronach, it for sure is a really enjoyable one! It shows some youth on the palate and lacks complexity but what do you expect from an 8 year old? Furthermore I couldn't detect any off-notes. I have to add that this could have been any other non-peated Speysider/Highlander as I could not blindly tell you this was a GlenDronach. Last but not least. The big 'AGED 8 YEARS' statement, that's something not many distilleries would do. Anything under 10 years receives a dodgy name in 99 out of 100 cases. Just a little detail but I think it shows some balls. All in all, well done GlenDronach. I just happen to like your extremely sherried stuff a little more!
    • Nose
      To start, this is vastly different compared to 100% sherry matured Glendro. Sherry is still noticeable but it is mostly fresh fruit that dominates the nose. Apple, lemon, kiwi, pineapple, plum, malt, vanilla, aniseed, custard, rice pudding, ginger, caramel, dark chocolate, praline, leather, almond, marzipan, dry hay, lamb chops and a little solvent note, probably just the alcohol showing a little youth. Not exactly what I'm looking for in a GlenDronach, but on its own a quite refreshing nose.
    • Taste
      It follows the nose, being a little sour on the arrival. Malt, apple juice, grapefruit, orange zest, raisins, green grapes, creme brulee, Oloroso sherry, chocolate sauce, salted caramel, roasted almond, olive bread, vanilla, honey, sultana, lavender and butterscotch. Very fruity again, lightly sherried and with enough space left over to show its distillate character. Drinks really easy.
    • Finish
      Medium with vanilla, malt and milk chocolate.

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    An intense 8-year-old who, in contrast to the rest of the core range, was also in ex-Bourbon barrels.
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      fruity (light fruits), some sherry, vanilla;
    • Taste
      strong, fruity onset, tingling, creamy, mouth-filling, slightly sherry, spicy, still young;
    • Finish
      medium length, fruity finish; in the end a little oak;

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: apricots and chlorine. Apple juice. Sourly. A hint of coconut / bourbon barrel flavor, but barely any barrel wort noticeable. Below the ex-bourbon impression hovers a certain sherry depth away. But first: bright fruits, straw. Flowers, flower meadow. Lemons, possibly orange peel. Not easy, but: buttery, fat.

    In the mouth: full, strong, good body, oily, slightly hot (rather alcohol / youth than the influence of the barrel). Starts sweet and sour, develops exactly in the direction, "juicy", and leaves in the finish exactly what you had already heard in the nose: Ex-Bourbon barrel flavors, again this chlorine note, floral aspects and light-fruited. Impression remains surprisingly long in the mouth. Long finish. At the second sip certainly coffee notes (sherry influence?) In the finish. But more barrel wort than originally suspected. Acid-spicy as an overall impression. The "Cask Strength" in young & sparkling (and maybe a bit sprightly).

    With water in the nose even more "steamy" (more chlorine / ozone), surprisingly not even more fruits.
    In the mouth then mineral, calcareous, milder, but also with a much less interesting finish.

  6. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
      honey, malty, vanilla, citric fruits
    • Taste
      72 72
      spices, vanilla
    • Finish
      75 75
      long and fruity

  7. SimpleSample scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Yes, it fits for a8. Plv fits
    • Nose
      Honey sweet .. herbs ... bright fruits
    • Taste
      Fruity towards iced tea ... in the background a little bit of chocolate with light spice ... getting sweeter from sip to sip
    • Finish
      Some tanine but still in the context .... sweet comes again

  8. peatbogger scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. peatbogger scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    Definatly a bargain bottle, but I still think I would spend a £5'er more to get that little extra that the 12YO has to offer.
    • Nose
      It's sweet and sherried. Without having a glass for direct comparrison I found it quite similar to the 12YO. 

      Dark fruits, raisins and chocolate.
    • Taste
      Typical Glendronach at the base.

      Again sweet and sherried. Gentle spice, a little vanilla and basic but good wood notes.

      Not too spicy, and not too spirity either for such a young sherry matured whisky.

      Noticably lighter and simpler than the 12YO, more so on taste than smell.

      Easy drinkable and likeable whisky. 
    • Finish
      Could have been longer, shy of medium lenght.

      But what's there is good.

      Lightly drying sherry and chocolate flavours.

  10. namnug scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Bourbon vanilla and oak based. With a little hint of sherry (dried fruits)
    • Taste
      Oily and thin body. With much spice. Butter and a bit salty
    • Finish
      Short finishing without much change


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