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Glendronach 2003

Overall rating
88.16/100
votes
27
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Vintage
14.01.2003
Bottled
30.05.2016
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Virgin Oak Hogshead
Casknumber
1751
Number of bottles
250
Strength
53.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
2016/05/30 14:04 LK70483
Barcode
5060399683548
Bottled for
The Duchess
Market
nl Netherlands
Added on
15 Jun 2016 4:59 pm by bestofwhiskies.com
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 83,49

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Member Senior Ricardo1984
92
Expert Junior Olivier Akker
92
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92
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91
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88
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Expert Senior Shane_IL
87
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86
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86
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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 2003

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.16 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Skiddilly scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  7. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I quite enjoyed this one. It was very light and fruity and quite an interesting departure from the typical Glendronach profile. I’m pleased to say that the virgin oak worked quite well here.Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/08/04/glendronach-2003-virgin-oak-cask/
    • Nose
      Rich wood. Woodspice. Lactic. Caramel. Light pepper. Oolong tea. Apple pie.
    • Taste
      Peach iced tea. Creme brulee. Woodspice. Sandalwood.
    • Finish
      Long. Sandalwood. Bitter wood. Butterscotch. Cacao.

  8. bestofwhiskies.com scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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

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