Glendronach 1989

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Batch 14
Stated Age
26 years old
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
54.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Oct 2016 5:35 pm by Amsterdam
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 339.75

28 × in wishlist

56 × member ratings

140 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1989

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.35 points

  1. Vince' scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Pleasant wine-like acidity and liquor-like sweetness at the same time. Bitter almond, sour cherry, mint, marzipan, dark chocolate, caramelized sugar, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, plums with orange blossom or jasmine tea and lovage. A certain sour, old planzlich-tart oak note can be found permanently in the background and reveals the proud age of the drop. In addition, the oak urges the association of sawn old and sherry-soaked wood. Quite different from the typical sherry monsters that you are used to from GlenDronach. The nose reminds me of an old Glenfarclas with more sweet components. In any case meant in a positive sense. With 4 drops of water, a slightly musty woody note as well as a slightly spent matchstick note is released. Taste: Very sweet sherry, bittersweet prunes with candy and cinnamon. At first, everything is accompanied by a pleasant tingle. After a certain time, however, old, spicy sherry notes appear: cigar boxes (tobacco), leather, walnuts or roasted hazelnuts and a touch of nutmeg. A residual sweetness in the form of burned sugar remains in any case, and a vinous sour note also remains long-lasting in the mouth and reminiscent of long chewed sour cherries. The mouth also has a chilled effect and enhances the association with mint. The finish is orange peel and dark chocolate to identify. Noticeable bitterness in the form of espresso notes can not be found. It is more of an elegant spicy-tart oak note. Very interesting! Nevertheless, the finish is really long and so very different than expected. It remains a subtle planzlich-herb-looking oak note and residual sweetness in the form of orange peel and mint exist. Fascinating how sweet the drop in the initial taste is, but still releasing all the old spicy sherry notes after a while. Very interesting and delicious!

    Addendum: Even with a few drops of water, the drop still remains uncannily long sweet in the mouth but also more subtle and a little spicier. Some coffee is to be heard now. Generally, however, the finish remains on the elegant or dark side. Leather, tobacco and roasted aromas are also noticeable, but not superficial. Ostensibly remains a kind of tingling oak note that turns to the end in a herbal-tart component. In short, some water is also good for the drop. Conclusion: is that a good drop? Yes! Is it a Glendronach as it is in the book? No. Is that necessarily bad? Not at all, it's an interesting and tasty experience at the same time. Is he worth the current purchase price (399 €)? I doubt it very much. Still, just because it's such an unusual GlenDronach, worth a real experience.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. MrYens scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Whiskyauction.com 05-2018 €285 + €305

  5. dRambo did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    reminds me a lot of the style of Dronach 1995 # 69628
    • Nose
      sweet, very spicy with lots of tobacco, oak, sawdust, some leather, resin, mint, teriyaki sauce, garlic, broth, honey, bay leaves,
    • Taste
      sweet and oily, woody spicy intense, dry fruit (dates, figs) - complete absence of acidity or red berries - teriyaki, cloves, cinnamon, licorice, liquorice, oak spice saturated without becoming bitter
    • Finish
      spicy, sweet, but rather thin for a Dronach - and absolutely atypical

  6. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior


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  7. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Batch 14 contains the following 12 bottles:

    1985 cask 1037
    1989 cask 2662
    1990 cask 2973
    1991 cask 2683
    1992 cask 226
    1993 cask 42
    1994 cask 339
    1995 cask 543
    1996 cask 1485
    2002 cask 1504
    2003 cask 4034
    2004 cask 5523


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