Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
13 years old
Virgin Oak Hogshead
Number of bottles
53.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
2016/05/30 14:04 LK70483
Bottled for
The Duchess
Added on
15 Jun 2016 4:56 pm by bestofwhiskies.com
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 83,49

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 2003

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.45 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wow! Glendronach very different. Virgin Oak is always such a thing. I really did not like the Octomore 7.4. Here I find the Gesamtkunstwerk very successful. The first filled oak leaves its mark clearly and reminds a bit of a bourbon, but the Brennereicharakter here comes to light, which is often covered by a sherry wall. Very successful, very pleasing and for around 90 euros still pleasing fair in pricing. Since there are only 250 bottles, you should strike fast with the Dutchman!
    • Nose
      Vanilla, sweetness, butterscotch, honey and coconut! Very interesting. Slight notes of pineapple, or peach and cinnamon come through. Very interesting. The alcohol is very well integrated and hardly noticeable. If you smell for a while, there are hints of caramel.
    • Taste
      Wow! Is that cute! Honey, peach, pineapple, apricots, caramel, light chocolate, cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg spread in the mouth. Now also the alcohol is present and also the pleasant spiciness after 13 years barrel aging. I still think of a slight hint of Inger, which offers a slightly "sharp" counterpoint to the vanilla sweetness. Very yummy, very creamy-oily and dangerously tasty
    • Finish
      Vanilla, honey, peach, caramel, very sweet, very pleasant and very long in the mouth. Only very slowly, the mouth becomes drier and it comes back to the ginger. Pleasantly alternating and complex, the aromas remain in the mouth until at some point the desire for another sip can no longer be suppressed

  2. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    If you love a good Dronach but don’t always want the sherry driven dram, this is the bottle to buy. This was part of the line up in our Glendronach themed tasting. And I have to say I was very suprised! With a lot of sherried versions in the line up, this was a very welcome change!
    • Nose
      Full bodied, heavy nose with a rather thick layer of alcohol still clearly present. Loads and loads of Bourbon-style influences on the initial nose. Don’t be suprised if some people would take this for a straight Bourbon. Vanilla, coconut, oak, tropical fruitiness and a hint of macaroons.
    • Taste
      Soft and creamy on arrival and not so alcohol driven as the nose would suspect. Sweet and a little sour note as well. Vanilla, coconut, fresh oak a hint of charred oak i’d say. Fruitiness in red apples and some pear come through with a drop of water.
    • Finish
      Long finish. Creamy, smooth and well balanced. Even at cask strength this is not a pain to swallow. The cask certainly did it’s job well! Oak, nutmeg, vanilla and tea

  3. bestofwhiskies.com scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    GlenDronach 2003 Virgin Oak Hogshead Cask 1751 250 bottles 53.9%

    Exclusively selected for The Duchess

    Tasting Notes by the chaps at GlenDronach:

    Nose: Tarte tartin drizzled with apricot syrup and dusted with toasted coconut. All spiced with waves of delicious sweet oak.

    Appearance: Glowing harvest gold

    Palate: Candied peel and ginger syrup poured over roasted orchard fruits with a fantastic combination of  cinnamon sugar and gentle vanilla.

    In our honest opinion, it’s a stunner indeed. We totally agree with Billy Walker and his team on their tasting notes, but still we couldn’t resist adding our very own personal tasting notes.

    Nose: Lots of fruitiness. The likes of plums. Accompanied by a warm swell of butterscotch and spices; Cinnamon and hazelnuts.

    Mouth: Butterscotch is eminent on the foreground. Lots of pleasurable spices like the aforementioned cinnamon, ginger and a little sugarcane sweetness in the background.

    Finish: long and dry herbal finish; Laurel and liquorice.

    Balance: A very stunning dram it is. Very well balanced in both and the nose and mouthfeel. The thing that attracts me the most is the overwhelming complexity of this GlenDronach…Don’t we all love ginger spices and liquorice ???

    89/100 points

  4. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    This is a sample which I took from a Glendronach tasting with my friends.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The nose for sure has the best score. This is magnificent. Typically something you expect from Glendronach. Sweet, sherried flavors.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Not as good as the nose. But this dram needs some water. That improves the score by a point for sure. Taste of vanilla, caramel and fruit.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Compared to the other Glendronach's we tasted that afternoon, this one has a longer finish.

  5. squaadgras scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Defeatless scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a 'different' Glendronach. Very sweet and rich in taste. A little water will do some help, but it doesn't need much! I recommend tasting this neat at first.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Toffee, malt, sweet vanilla. This is very much like a refill bourbon barrel! I like this quite a bit though.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet, tropical fruit, honey, mild ginger, candied orange peel. There is a slight wooden undertone underneath it. But it is forgiven.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-long length. Quite 'thick' there are loads of vanilla-butterscotch cookies here. I like this as it keeps on rolling in the mouth.

  7. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very grain-like. Compared to the 2002 cask 4523, which is also virgin oak matured, it's definitely not as pine-y as that one. 87/88.
    • Nose
      First glue. Apricot jam, vanilla, butterscotch, raspberry and coconut.
    • Taste
      Vanilla, apricot, raspberry, caramel and spice.
    • Finish
      Vanilla pudding, peach, liquorice and caramel.

  9. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Not your average Glendronach. The virgin oak has made its mark on the whisky.
    • Nose
      This noses beautifully. Obviously quite a lot of oak influence with loads of coconut shavings and a big whiff of vanilla beans. Some cinnamon too. A nice fruitiness with tinned pineapple and peaches, even becoming a bit floral after a while.
    • Taste
      It's no surprise that this shows similarities to a bourbon. Dry, with a good amount of triple sec and lots of spices. Cinnamon, ginger. Some chili pepper too. A whiff of aniseed. Not as balanced as the nose is.
    • Finish
      Long and drying. Spicy.

  10. Skiddilly scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86


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