Glendronach 08-year-old The Hielan'

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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'

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.11 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points Super 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 Connoisseur

    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 Expert 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. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Not too bad, actually, especially of you try it blind and your preconceptions of what a Dronach should be like are taken away. The 46% abv. suit it well. Good for what it is, but of course nowhere near a sherry bomb.

  5. chrisyeo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Tasted 30ml Sample back in Feb 2021

    its very early of my whisky journey , for me its a very interesting dram, its sweet and easy to drink , i rated high as its a start to know this brand and a lot more of exploring on the whisky

  6. MH90 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  7. rolabob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. Martin1965 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A lot of fruit, citrus, orange, a little sherry, vanilla
    • Taste
      Some sherry, very fruity, spicy, apricot jam, cocoa
    • Finish
      Medium long and spicy

      For 8 years, very well done

  9. LordBellamy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    with water: now the fruity side is better, citrus / orange, apricot, mandarins

    Conclusion: great entry into the core range, from which many distilleries can cut a slice. Successful and convincing.
    • Nose
      Apricot, fresh fruit and a few dried fruits, some vanilla and a few oak notes and herbs, honey, orange peel, slightly buttery, the youth is recognizable by a point, but not very pronounced, after the first sip the sherry character is more noticeable in the nose without becoming dominant
    • Taste
      good start, astonishingly oily, spices, honey, chestnuts, in addition to the light fruit also some sherry notes, these more clearly than in the nose
    • Finish
      rather short to medium length, here are some almonds and a good dash of oak, which gets slightly bitter at the back

  10. Koidream scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82


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