[September, 2015] I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting.
In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
- 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 80. I took no detailed notes as the whisky did not interest me but I remember it was quite immature and unbalanced.
The nose is beautifully fruity with a pleasant spice.
Tastefully beautiful Strong and complex ... wow, I like that very well and I would not have expected for an 8 year old whisky, cool .. after a short time it becomes nutty with caramel and something like Christmastime ;-)
The finish is good but not to long with sherry and pleasant as I find.
All in all i think the Glendronach Hielan 8, is a pleasant surprise which gives in the price / performance ratio a good performans, but I must also say that I am a Glendronach fan :-) Cheers
Lots of sour malt and mash notes, almost like the smell at an active brewery. Musty old books. Honey. Pears in wine sauce. Very light citrus and wood spice notes.
Again very malty, slightly sweeter here with barley sugar, honey and some ginger biscuits. Slightly more ethanol showing through than I’d like, but nothing unpleasant. Woodspice. Cinnamon. Vanilla cream. Slightly salty towards the end.
Medium. Bitter wood. Orange peel. Dunnage. Slight sweet honeyed flair at the end.
his whisky was straightforward and not very complex, but it was still very drinkable and a bit more interesting than some of the standard fare 12 year old whiskies out there and also more mellow than many whiskies bottled this young. Very nice sipping whisky at the lower end of the price range.
Chlorine and ozone vapors. Floral notes and dry hay. Apricots and apple juice. Acidic. A hint of coconut and vanilla (the ex-bourbon influence), but otherwise very little noticeable wood. Perhaps a hint of sherry "depth" in the background. Fat, juicy, buttry, not "light" per se.
Sweet-and-sour arrival, builds on that. Good body. Oily, full, substantial. No surprises in the development: malt and citrus.
Almost exactly what was already contained in the nose. The chlorine again, plus the floral and fruity notes. Lingers for a suprisingly long time though. Subsequent sips reveal shy sherry notes: almonds and coffee. Finally some wood spices, but they just kind of drift in and out.
Summer whisky for sure. "Light," vibrant (i.e., young), but not unsubstantial. Not mad at it at all, but I'm still not sure Glendronach and ex-Bourbon casks are made for each other. Liked the Cask Strength editions better in that regard.
Leicht scharf, süß, karamellisierter Zucker, angebranntes Popcorn, etwas Eichenwürze und Röstaromen
Ein leicht zugänglicher und im großen und ganzen gut gemachter Whisky zum kleinen Preis. Er ist zwar jung lässt aber eine gewisse Qualität erkennen. Reiht sich gut in die Standardrange von Glendronach ein - 26.02.2017