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Glendronach The Hielan'

Overall rating 378 votes 82.06

Member rates

876 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 20
Taste 20
Finish 20
Balance 20

Tastingtags

30 Notes

Cubey666
Expert Senior Cubey666 Review note
07 Dec 2017 3:19 pm
Cubey666 gave this whisky 82 points

Highly enjoyable but a not that difficult sherried malt.

Weighted Rate
81.8
Nose
83
Initial taste
82
Body
82
Finish
80
Price
82
Presentation
82
My Collection
iDea D
Expert Senior iDea D Review note
09 Nov 2017 10:17 pm
iDea D gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.6
Nose
82
Initial taste
85
Body
82
Finish
82
Price
87
Presentation
87
Dimitri
Opeth83
Expert Senior Opeth83 Review note
09 Nov 2017 3:56 pm
Opeth83 gave this whisky 80 points

Simple malt, not bad but a little boring. The 12 has more sherry influence but also more batch variation. 

Weighted Rate
80
Nose
80
Initial taste
80
Body
80
Finish
75
Price
85
Presentation
85
iDea D
Expert Senior iDea D Tasting note
17 Oct 2017 8:08 pm
iDea D gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

w/o water: heavy sweetness. Bourbon. Citrus sweet. metallic green notes. Sharp.

w/ water: more sweet. Less bourbon-y. Definite sherry. Berries. Green grapes. A bit Irish whiskey.

Taste

w/o water: peculiar/singular mouth filling sweet arrival. Perfume development to bittercitrus, and dry, very dry.

w/ water: sharp arrival, undefined. Sweet citrus development.

Finish

dry bitter sweet citrus finish. Medium long.

Comments

Needs water to improve the nose and mouth feel. For 8yo statement very well matured. Clear Glendronach signature. Much liked. Mainstay in my cabinet.

Dimitri
GLEN MAUR
Connoisseur GLEN MAUR Review note
06 Aug 2017 9:25 am
GLEN MAUR gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
86.4
Nose
85
Initial taste
85
Body
86
Finish
87
Price
89
Presentation
89
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hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
06 May 2017 12:07 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 80 points

[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.

There is no accounting for taste...
Maurice_casqueteer
Expert Senior Maurice_casqueteer Review note
16 Apr 2017 10:41 pm
Maurice_casqueteer gave this whisky 77 points
Weighted Rate
77.4
Nose
76
Initial taste
78
Body
76
Finish
77
Price
80
Presentation
80
Whisky-steingartenm.
Member Senior Whisky-steingartenm. Tasting note
11 Apr 2017 9:42 am
Whisky-steingartenm. gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

The nose is beautifully fruity with a pleasant spice.

Taste

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 ;-)

Finish

The finish is good but not to long with sherry and pleasant as I find.

Comments

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

Shane_IL
Expert Senior Shane_IL Tasting note
01 Apr 2017 10:14 am
Shane_IL gave this whisky 83 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

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.

Taste

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.

Finish

Medium. Bitter wood. Orange peel. Dunnage. Slight sweet honeyed flair at the end.

Comments

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.

Reviewed in my blog:
https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/04/01/glendronach-8-the-hielan/

My Collection Happy to swap samples with anyone in the UK/EU/Canada, pm for details.
midnite
Expert Junior midnite Tasting note
31 Mar 2017 5:29 pm
midnite gave this whisky 80 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

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.

Taste

Sweet-and-sour arrival, builds on that. Good body. Oily, full, substantial. No surprises in the development: malt and citrus.

Finish

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.

Comments

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.

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