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

€ 36.22

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

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.16 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 Expert Junior

    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. 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

  5. Koidream scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

  6. larswehmeier scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Youthful and light, but already pleasantly spicy. Fair offer!
    • Nose
      Fresh and sweet. First a lot of caramel and vanilla. Over time, the sherry shows more and more with some plum and raisins.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly spicy. Dry cocoa. Less sweet than the nose. Light dried fruit.
    • Finish
      Easy and rather short. Becomes drier with almonds and oak.

  7. valery77 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Intense, vibrant. Boiled sugar, malt, floral shades, vanilla notes, sweet pastries, flour, fruit caramel. 22
    • Taste
      Medium, sweet and slightly salty. Black pepper, cardamom and other spices, fruit candies, red apple, woody notes, alcohol burning, mineral water. 20
    • Finish
      Medium in length, smoothly fading, with wood tannins, a hint of menthol and alcohol bitterness. 21
      Pleasant, delicious whisky for every day, although alcoholic bitterness and burning slightly spoil the picture. Balance 20
      Total 83

  8. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Certainly a dram which polarises the GlenDronach whisky appreciating community. On the one hand, this is a fine, well made and characterful entry level malt with delicate vanilla, malty and toffee notes. On the other hand, however, it lacks some brightness and obviously some sherry flavours GlenDronach whiskies are usually famous for. I feel a bit disappointed as I very much like the pleasant sherry-based matrix of GlenDronach bottlings. Nevertheless, a nice and reasonable priced every-day dram.
    • Nose
      Very aromatic nose with loads of butterscotch and toffee notes, complemented by vanilla fudge. Very buttery indeed. Then fruit emerges with mirabelle, yellow plums and oranges, along with plenty of citrus peels. It has a floral and perfume-like side which is rather unusual for GlenDronach. Overall this is a fine nose though.
    • Taste
      Bold and very sweet with crisp malt, porridge, butterscotch, toffee and vanilla biscuits. There's a hint of white pepper with some nice gingery notes and a slightly bitter aftertaste with almonds and walnuts. Very malty with lots of caramell sticking to the teeth. I can't taste any sherry here maybe due to the heavy load of malty flavours.
    • Finish
      A medium long and nicely warm finish with a hint of sherried fruit (here it is!). A touch of grassy tones with ginger and oak spice on the tail.

      With water: More sweetness is coming through both on the nose and palate with malt, buscuits, vanilla fudge and lots of toffee. The finish still is medium long with a slightly spicy edge. No sherry flavours at all.

  9. 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;

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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.


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