Glendronach 1993

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Batch 14
Stated Age
23 years old
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
58.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Oct 2016 5:36 pm by Amsterdam
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 472.34

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115 × member ratings

213 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 1993

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.11 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2020] Glendronach floods the market with single cask releases since years so it is worthless to catch up on all of them but this one seems to be excellent...

    ...and it is a nice modern (dry) oloroso sherry cask maturation without any flaws. The sherry is bold but both the malt and the wood can manage to create a balanced profile (after some chewing). There are a lot of interesting and delicious aromas and flavours to explore in this dram, and it is a pure pleasure to sip - finally.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is very dark at mahogany and the nose offers a lush modern oloroso sherry profile without flaws or off-notes. The malt struggles hard to shine through this massive wall of winey aromas but it manages it, finally. The woods are firm but appropriate in this setting. I like the old leathery note which grows stronger upon breathing.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is nicely layered and greatly chewable, a real stunner. It offers all the adorable oloroso-induced flavours in a perfect wooden framing. The malt-driven flavours require some chewing to be unlocked but it works very well after that. Beside these there are delicious impressions of coffee beans, dark chocolates (or cocoa beans), fruits of all kinds and again leathery notes. Later the spices enter the spotlights with many different impressions (from vanilla to cinnamon to peppers and ginger). While the taste is very sherry-driven first it balances out after some chewing which is great. The wood again is perfect in this setting - significant but never dominating.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is quite hot first which quickly turns into a warming and coating effect. The wood and the sherry add a minor dryness which is not distracting. The finish is long and adds more chocolatey, earthy and bitter tea-ish/herbal impressions both from the sherry and the woods. Water releases more malty aromas in the nose and on the palate so it is worth a try - but finally I prefer the neat dram.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A 4cl sample.

    There is really nothing subtle about this malt. Big, bold Oloroso notes, the flavours slap you across the face, but everything is in balance and no off notes at all. I’m not really a sherry whore, like many, but this is pretty undeniable. Putting it beside a similar glendronach and it blows it away. A benchmark of modern sherried whisky. Thanks to my friend for the sample
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dry Oloroso sherry. New leather, espresso, bakers chocolate, brisket crust, barrel char, dark cherries, dried blueberries, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, clove. Earthy woods like dried firewood, twigs and leaves.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Dry and rich. Spice builds - pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove. Espresso, new leather, carob, dark chocolate. Dark dried fruits (cherry, blueberry, strawberry, prune, fig). A little polish
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, drying, spice stays about the same. Leather and coffee beans. Copper. Loses the fruits to oak. Black pepper and licorice join in late.

  3. Vince' scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Overall, a very interesting and delicious GlenDronach. He is a sherry bomb in any case and also the beautiful, old flavors are not missing. Some water does him good in any case. He finds a complete U-turn from almost sherry overloaded to old and complex. However, in my opinion, it is not quite as excellent as the barrel 35th But that is complain at a very high level and always a matter of taste.
    • Nose
      Without water: Very intense sherry aroma - sweet, sour and spicy aromas go hand in hand here. Cocktail Cherry - associations, lovage and nutmeg, roasted nuts, milk chocolate and an intense vinous acidity.

      With water: Aha, now come the 23 years whisky to light, old sour, slightly musty, earthy woody aroma. Cooked currant, old sherry, balsamic vinegar, hot sawdust, tobacco flavors and a hint of jasmine are also to be heard.
    • Taste
      Intense and strong in the beginning. A fruity sweetness combines with old oak flavors and strong espresso. The sherry has the upper hand here at first. Currant, sour cherry and oranges. Still a little less sour than the nose would suggest. Just after some time, the interesting old and spicy oak flavors come to light: plenty of nutmeg, speculaas, roasted nuts, old leather couch, tobacco, mint, dark chocolate. A certain retro-style touch comes up, which I always hope for in such bottlings.

      A certain sweetness in the form of sweetened coffee can be heard right down to the finish.
    • Finish
      Departure is relatively long and the initial strong sweetness continues to fade, but still remains present. Mint and herbal oak flavors, espresso, black tea and slightly sugared coffee remain in the mouth. Nevertheless, it does not remain very bitter in the finish.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nice nose, dark fruits, obviously plenty of sherry but it is not overpowering and plenty of pastries and various cakes.
    Slightly hot but in a good way as it adds to the experience, creamy sherry , a decent amount of peat, bucket loads of dark forest fruits and rich fruit cake.
    This has great balance, nothing takes the lead flavour wise and nothing takes a back seat everything in harmony.
    At this age Glendronach is far better than some of those 40 year offering at 2k price tags, and reinforces my belief that Glendronachs sweet spot is 18 -24 years old
    Tasted with a few drops of water.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. St. Pauli scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Words are superfluous. This is extremely good stuff.
    • Nose
      Extremely rich and fruity, but with a meaty twist. Directly, there is a smell of jammy fruit: fig, prune, intermingled with orange. There is not so much raisin in here. Then, it gets meaty and earthy, with a hint of struck match, dark chocolate and espresso. What's not to like? In the background, there are nuts: hazelnut and walnut. A vague note of cooling herbs (menthol) complements this complex nose.
    • Taste
      Oily, friendly at first, then staying rather dry and very focused. It's jammy, with the same fig and prune, yet accompanied by other red fruit. The orange influence tends to go in the direction of orange zest. The chocolate and nuts scream much louder now. Then there is still a meaty, almost savoury taste, very special. It gets bone dry towards the end, with clove, ginger and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, lingering, warming, and still very complex. It's the beautiful combination of the sweet associated jammy fruitiness, some sourness (which reminds me of orange juice) and the spicy and nutty wood influence.

  8. Th3WhiskyColl3ctor scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. moving_coil scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Sister cask of # 40 from batch 13


  10. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior


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