Glendronach 25-year-old

Overall rating
90.96/100
votes
159
Whiskybase ID
WB89330
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Grandeur
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Casknumber
Batch 8
Number of bottles
1505
Strength
50.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060399684248
Added on
15 nov 2016 9:15 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1834.59

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Whisky reviews for Glendronach 25-year-old

30 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.96 points.

  1. domani scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful whisky. An interplay of timber and chocolate with intense pepper spiciness that is never overlaid. The nose is full of clear aromas. A whisky that invites you to immerse yourself in memories - 02/14/2020
    • Nose
      94 94
      Very noble and elegant, dry wood, you can literally see the wood soaked with sherry, plum in various variations, plum compote, prunes, dates, paradise apple, sweetened foam rubber, the silky dried fruits are consistently present and are carried and accompanied by a clear alcohol note , Raisins, light roasted aromas, some leather, tobacco, trail mix, drizzled sand cake, oak spice, walnut

      After the first sip, it becomes clearer and the association with the fairground wagon intensifies, you can also discover liquorice, chocolate, gastro-bread, roasted almonds. Over time the fruits, pickled plums, amarena cherries become
    • Taste
      94 94
      Cool, the wood hits immediately, intense pepperiness, very oily and creamy, cocoa, leather, liquorice, long-lasting spice that won't go away, chocolate

      The second sip starts out incredibly sweet, there is a fine flavor, wow, the pepper has it all, sweet and spicy interplay and at the end an intense cocoa note prevails - wonderful.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Lang

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  3. Vallado scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Evaluation after 2cl blind sample.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 85 points Shoplink Moderator

    Undiluted is so strong that drinking is almost a punishment for me. After a few sips, my mouth is totally numb with alcohol. Better with water, but there is no big hit parade. In truth, for me, overall, rather disappointing. Especially when I take the price into account.

    Given the high rating here, I'm clearly not the target group. Anyway, both the old 15yo Revival and the 18yo amused me a lot more.
    (Evaluated on a sample basis - three times.)
    • Nose
      Gently musty, cherry wood, caramel, strawberry jam, milk caramel, marjoram, furniture polish and dates.

      After adding water: Less pronounced and fruity. Butter pear, overripe plum and cane sugar.
    • Taste
      Very strong alcohol (unpleasant and stinging). Slightly sour. It thickens relatively quickly. Meringues (whipped egg whites and sugar cookies), strawberries, menthos candies, unripe peach, cherries and sour gelatin candies.

      After adding water: Orange, white (viticultural) peach, light menthol, freeze-dried fruit, date paste, ice chocolate and spiciness.
    • Finish
      A hint of dry smoke (tanned wood), broth, wood, sherry, raisins, milk and dark chocolate (depending on how ever) and honeycombs.

      After adding water: Orange peel, pepperiness and even more honeycombs. Overall quite dry.

  5. prz22 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Shy on the nose, good and punchy on palate and very nice, spicy finish
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. dpinteractive scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Unbelievable Sherry Bomb! Smooth is the word you are looking for. Dark fruits dominate and also it can mask its alcohol Level perfectly... my god what a Bottle!

  7. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    An excellent malt with a somewhat reserved nose. It wants to be enjoyed with time and needs it too. If you give it to him, you won't be disappointed. Very complex and the alcohol is wonderfully integrated. I like it very much.
    • Nose
      beautiful delicate sherry wood note, it is very soft. At first there is no sign of the high alcohol content. Only when the glass wall is damp and the nose deep in the glass comes a little alcoholic sharpness, which quickly disappears and gives way to spicy wood notes. Dried fruits with plums and raisins appear, later becoming a bit nutty and slightly sweet. Even later I discover some citrus fruits, mostly orange. All in all, the flavors are very soft and mild. You have to and want to smell it for a long time. With a little warmth, the aroma impression becomes a little sweeter. Very complex
    • Taste
      Very nice sherry spicy start. The alcohol is well integrated and ensures this great start. Lots of dried fruits and spicy oak, again the raisins and plums, light chocolate notes, later the citrus fruitiness, longer in the mouth becoming slightly bitter, oily, some herbs appear, stimulating saliva
    • Finish
      soft with sherry and oak, slightly nutty and fruity, but also pleasantly spicy, long-lasting. Chocolate with coffee, at the very end a bit minty or citrus-fruity notes, very pleasant.

  8. Wilco scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. LeChiffre scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A real gentleman. Wonderfully balanced aromas without any missing notes - an extremely successful sherry barrel maturation. Very complex and exciting, there is a lot to discover - but it takes a lot of time and attention. However, I would not buy it at the called price, because there are comparably good, significantly cheaper alternatives.
    • Nose
      94 94
      elegantly balanced sherry profile without any missing notes; sweet-spicy; dark fruits; Plums; Raisins; Apple sauce with cinnamon; Nutmeg; some tobacco; delicate fresh mint; old dry oak wood
    • Taste
      92 92
      oily; sweet-spicy: heavy; dark fruits; Raisins; Plum jam; Cinnamon; some mint; Coffee; delicate peppery; pleasantly tingling oak flavor
    • Finish
      90 90
      long; dark chocolate; Espresso; Cinnamon; Nutmeg; spicy, slightly tart wood aromas

  10. maltaholic scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I gave him time.
    It stands in a dark brown in the glass.

    The note is very intense.
    Old sherry in a wooden bath.
    He smells strongly.
    With notes of oak, ripe grapes, forest honey.
    Alcohol, but no bad notes.

    The fruits only come in the mouth.
    Creamy, old, massive.
    Some bitter wood.
    Very light vanilla.

    A little spicier over time.
    The wood notes spread out.
    Yes, it is complex, full-bodied, round, sophisticated.

    Outstanding.

  11. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Complex, very well balanced, excellent!
    Head to head with the so popular batch 9 I would say it is at least as good if not a bit better
    • Nose
      94 94
      Lots of dried fruits, plums, figs, nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark chocolate, hints of toffee, acacia honey, whiffs of sherry wood - great!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Punchy, creamy, liquorice, fruity, cooked oranges, jam, again some dried fruits, subtle sweetness balanced with finest sherry wood, spices, little bit of espresso - fantastic!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, still fruity, a bit more zesty, not drying

  12. 88plus Bus scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose: Fresh after pouring a decent breeze menthol / mint tickles the nose.

    But you notice immediately that it has to act like the Aultmore to wonderfully old barrels, but less extreme on the edge to sherry or overripe walk, but come along wonderfully balanced.

    Tobacco, leather, floor wax, Black Forest cake and plum jam I immediately. Maybe a little orange, if you dig for fruits.

    I inevitably think of an old library. Very nice.

    Palate: slow onset, can be chewed forever.

    Gingerbread, cinnamon, a mint leaf, marzipan, black tea. Here he is really sweeter than in the nose and brings nice barrel flavor. With a little patience, orange and a little cherry will come through again.

    Finish: Elegant, light, not too long, it glides wonderfully silky.

    The grandeur could be considered a liquor here, the alcohol is incredibly well integrated.

    I find Mon Cherie, creme brulee and butter biscuits. All in all, rather "bright" here.

    Conclusion: An absolute gentlemen whisky.

    Round, elegant, really nice story.

    In the finish, however, the good guy is almost too delicate.

    Since I would prefer something more "ass kick" ... 90 points

  13. kot1803 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. toklian scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N22 P21 F21 B21

  15. Vince' scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Generally you notice the proud age the longer the drop is in the mouth. Just the old oak flavors that the drop then releases hit my nerve.
    • Nose
      Noble and old. Oranges with orange peel and green apple meet old sherry soaked wood, sour oak, tobacco, lovage, sour cherry, cocoa - an association with "Mon cheri", cinnamon and nutmeg. Later, some milk chocolate, mint, jasmine and the association: Old leather couch - generally sweeter and sweeter, but the lovage is also more dominant and gives the entire nose a sweet and spicy touch. With a little hand warmth, a seductive sweetness comes on: Delicate vanilla, and fine flower aromas join the flavor spectrum. Extremely exciting! Alcohol in the nose hardly or not disturbing to feel. Overall, very complex but a bit bitchy when it comes to the release of the flavors.
    • Taste
      Soft, sweet, spicy and excellent old are the first thoughts. The alcohol is well integrated and carries the flavors without being too dominant. Oranges and the green apple from the nose can be found, as well as sweet cherry and sweetened coffee and milk chocolate. Then join strong espresso flavors, cocoa, a slightly tingling acidity, tobacco / old leather couch and burnt sugar.
    • Finish
      Long lasting with old spicy oak flavors such as nutmeg, tobacco, leather associations, dark chocolate and surprisingly a lot of mint.

  16. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N- Demarara, chocolate and boiled spices, as mellow and shy as Batch 007. Soothing crush fresh herbs and fine treacle. Get better overtimes with monk fruit and creamy custard.

    P- Full nuttiness rising with treacle and citric bitterness. Well mature with depth of herbs, chocolate and caramelized banana. Dusty pepper at the back. Opposed to aroma as that get better after breathing, it headed to a hollow valley of sweetness as it developed on the palate.

    F- Medium-long, velvet with lasting dark fruit, tartness remains with coat of waxy camphor. Not a sherry bomb as some of their fine vintage cask. Amicably mellow and fit well with any warm pie.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  17. Chris P. Bacon scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. Achany scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    oh Boy! that is some Sherry influence. the nose is gentle at first but after some time this is getting better. There is lots of dark fruits, oranges, red berries, some marzipan, Grapes. after a while some ginger and white pepper kick in and spice it up. the oak is present but gentle and very well integrated. the ABV is all right, some drops of water do no harm. Really nice sherry malt!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      91 91

  19. BehindSpace scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  20. mr.p9 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  21. Ulfswhiskysamling scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

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

  22. Ulfswhiskysamling scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    A very good top whisky as well but I think the 24 year old comes slightly ahead vs this one,
    • Nose
      This smells stronger of alcohol than the 24 year old Grandeur Batch 6, which is also is. This makes it smells more of orange vs the 24 year old. I notice the relationship bewteen the 24 and the 25 year old Grandeurs. The 25 year old has the same characteristics with smell of sweet and smooth welcoming balance of dried fruits like raisins, figs,dates and plums, sherry, almonds, and hints of coffee and chocolate. But as I said oranges appear more in the 25 year old. I can smell this also for hours, I love it.
    • Taste
      Wow, peppery, spicy, mouth watering, stronger than the nose, sherry, oak. This 25 year seem a little bit better in balance than the 24 year old Grandeur.
    • Finish
      Long finish of oak and sherry, almonds

  23. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A great deep rich "old-style" sherry malt with a nice tasteful ambience, something very special, no question. Interesting is the slowness with which the flavors move - both in the nose, as well as in mouth and finish. I never had it like this before.
    The only drawback is the constantly accompanying poorly bound alcohol note. The more you drink, the more alcoholic you become. This is a no-go for such an expensive malt.
    The called up brutal price of 450-500 euros, he would definitely not worth it (there are already grand 70s Malts !!).
    • Nose
      many juicy raisins, caramel, marzipan, alcohol, not perfectly bound, oranges, plums, apples with cinnamon from the oven, tobacco, espresso, mint and nutmeg, honey, leather, wood dust and pencil, old and set, sweet and full, the alcoholic impression remains unfortunately
    • Taste
      sweet, heavy, oily, old in the true sense - alcoholic, it hits the tongue, the aromas explode in slow motion - juice oranges, applesauce, plum jam, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, gingerbread and stomach bread, blueberry jam on black bread, mint, thyme, darker Honey and caramel, then dissolve raspberries and blackcurrants from the deep and freshly roasted coffee notes with dark chocolate sauce ... very beautiful and very slo-mo everything
    • Finish
      long, black currants, coffee and dark chocolate sauce, underlaid with a fine spicy backdrop of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, a little honey and orange juice, kumquat peel, more and more, and finally the alcohol note, backed by mint

  24. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  25. pianoman scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Freshly roasted espresso beans, farmer's bread, balsamic vinegar. Dates, figs, dry raisins, almonds, oranges. Pipe tobacco, damp earth, old tree bark.
    • Taste
      Oily. Dark honey, figs, some mint and eucalyptus. Orange marmalade, beeswax. Darjeeling tea with brown sugar. Long.

  26. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  27. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The malt has absolutely no junk marks for me. Especially at the beginning he is a bit disappointing because he is so reserved. You want to inhale it, but as much as a Goyne 25 or Glassaugh 30 does not come first. Time and some hand warmth bring much to the fore, but this intensity is not achieved. You have to bring a lot of time to elicit his secrets - he is not "easy to have" that I find again very exciting. The quality is above all doubt - only it is the case with the two competitors at about half the price.
    • Nose
      Delicate oak rises very discreetly from the glass - where other malts need time to sit down, this one would like them to open. Gentle with spicy cinnamon and nutmeg while a little gingerbread reminiscent of the woody notes rise, a touch of pine needles, mint and resin can be heard - very complex interwoven and never intrusive - extremely well balanced. Very slowly rise to soft orange notes, played around by some orange oil, behind it is jam and the warmer my glass, the more plum jam wears the nose. It is so rounded, you can take a deep breath with your nose deep in the snifter - the 50% feel like under 35% - nothing stands out no matter how much or how deeply you inhale. After the first sip I like the nose even better - it opens without effort, you can dive deeply - it becomes more complex and intense.
    • Taste
      Slightly spicy and slightly alcoholic at the tip of the tongue at first. Dusty, nano-crumbly, particulate-looking oak with quite noticeable minty notes, like a fruit-oak emulsion - resonating freshness of orange oil, which tingles together with the mint on the tongue - while the alcohol and the last remnants of Glendronach's typical ginger note form the warming opposite pole. Without any movement in the mouth there is only oak, spices and a subtle but rich Sherry sweetness. With a bit of chewing, raspberries, redcurrants and blueberries come to the fore - in addition to a hint of rosemary with an ethereal fresh herbal note (discreet) - everything is surrounded by orange oil and waxy creaminess - waxy - typical of old sherry malt. The second sip makes everything a bit spicier, more full-bodied, the alcohol "stings" now less for the red berries are clearer and the oak is tart, crisp, voluminous. There are elements of a good red wine on the palate, especially the woodiness and the tart fruits which some grape seed and Grapefruit aroma is added to dominate.
    • Finish
      I chew on the dram until it gets too thin, releasing beautiful spicy woody aromas, a bit of chocolatey bitter (not unpleasant) and fading again - at the end - leaving some wax, with a hint of woody spice and orange oil

  28. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    fair puddle
    what a board !, as you notice the good barrels
    • Nose
      heavy, sherry! sweet, slightly dusty, caramel, nutmeg, raisins
    • Taste
      heavy and powerful on the palate, red fruit, strong coffee, oak, espresso
    • Finish
      long, oak and espresso

  29. gerardsmike scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  30. Othorion scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Mint, you can also feel the (higher) alcohol content, sweet red apples, raisins, applesauce with cinnamon, plums, some pepper, marzipan and dark forest honey, grape nut chocolate, balsamic
    • Taste
      Plum compote, nutmeg, black pepper, grape and nut chocolates, raisins, espresso, harmonious, creamy, wooden tobacco box, honey, dates, nutmeg, almonds, slightly dry
    • Finish
      loooong !! Sweet, coffee, coffee, coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, some pepper, sherry

  31. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  32. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Again one of those whiskys that are fantastic at first sight. And those who know that they will gain in the course of time - on the one hand because you yourself become more experienced and on the other hand, because this whisky gratefully absorb the oxygen and integrate it into its substance.
    • Nose
      The scent rises to the pleasurable from afar. The first nose surprises with a pomegranate note, which excellently grounds the bouquet of dark fruits (this note reminds me of the 25-year-old Glenfarclas). Especially fine is the mint freshness, which joins the increasingly fuller old notes. Compared to the 21-year-old Glendronach Parliament, the oak is however discreetly in the background. A grandeur does not have to prove anything.
    • Taste
      Mon Dieu. That's what I call elegant abundance. On the palate, the dark aromas first, then joined the baked apple, before the entire mouth of plum compote is covered with mint. When you crawl the Grandeur is always full, which also shows in the Nachschmecken. Then materializes on the palate, you do not know where, a wonderfully creamy rhubarb compote.
    • Finish
      In the long, warm finish, the oak barrels call to mind. And there are undoubtedly only the best barrels, without any annoying extremes. They are just extremely good.

  33. drummer & timmer did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    After a quarter of a century peacefully lying in our traditional dunnage warehouses, the combination of casks selected by Master Distiller Billy Walker to be bottled as Grandeur encapsulates the rich history and heritage of The GlenDronach Distillery as The Sherry Cask Connoisseurs.

    Tastingnotes by Glendronach
    • Nose
      A torrent of rich sherry aromas flow over sour plums and dried prunes. A delightful combination of gingerbread and cracked black pepper adds a gentle warmth. Dark chocolate with a touch of marzipan adds contrasting hints of sweetness to the robust, vintage character.
    • Taste
      An opulent, vintage sherry style combining a medley of dark espresso, Meditteranean fruits, rich molasses and hints of herbal bitters. An earthy, aged oak character of air cured tobacco leaves a leathery dryness adding great depth and texture to the palate, contributing to the unique, full bodied Highland style.

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