Glendronach 12-year-old Original

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
L 02 04 09
Added on
14 Jun 2009 8:51 pm

Average value

€ 48.00

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Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 12-year-old Original

193 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.10 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points Super Administrator

    Pedro Ximénez cask maturation holds a certain magic that is hard to explain, and combined with some fine Oloroso butts you get a true sherry monster of a Single Malt! On the nose, there is a nice interplay of intense sweetness and fruity acidity with pears, melons and hints of eucalyptus. After a rich brown sugar arrival, the taste gets more aromatic and slightly dry, featuring a pleasant oak complexity. The finish of GlenDronach 12 is long, delicate and chocolaty bitter. This malt is a keeper of consistently high quality and a better choice than Macallan.

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 87 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Although I did not want it, I'm pleasantly surprised
    if the 12er also holds no great secrets
    he can keep up well with others of his age
    and has a pleasant spice combined with fresh sweetness
    a nice all day dram
    for those who enjoy it
    • Nose
      At first terribly sweet> given time>
      Berries, green apple, light peat, vanilla, light wood, time again>
      As a last association, blackberries and vanilla pudding are left behind
    • Taste
      much better than the first smell expected
      spontaneously I had the feeling to have a cool domino / DS on my tongue
      Of course that was wrong
      if you dissolve it again almost right
      Orange, bright fruit like the jelly in the DS
      Spices like the gingerbread
      the sherry share like marzipan in the DS
      Coffee, peat, tobacco like the dark chocolate in the DS
    • Finish
      short to medium
      Initially a pleasant glow in the throat,> bitter,> peat, vanilla, dry grass from the herb meadow, dry finish

  3. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Beautiful sherry beginner for a good price (~ 35 €), you can offer the inexperienced guest, but also the advanced connoisseurs not too poplig, in normal pub / restaurant on the map would be a reason to enjoy.
    • Nose
      sweet, dried fruit, malt, marmalade, some cherry, slightly spicy-spicy (roasted aromas, a hint of cinnamon / cloves?)
    • Taste
      sweet and creamy, milk chocolate, Nutella, wild honey, milk coffee, raisins
    • Finish
      medium long, dry, dark chocolate, coffee, some pepper

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Complex yet somehow one-sided, intense and full-bodied, dry, at first heavy and towards the end rather light, tart, harmonious, dark
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: 1. sweetness, fruit, chocolate, flower, nut; Caramel, honey, oils, herbs, dried fruits, sour 2. voluminous and fruity sweetness. velvety peach, ripe apricots, green apple, a hint of orange, sweet milk chocolate slowly growing tart, grassy, ​​cactus, subtle hazelnuts, dark caramel, forest honey, fresh, minty, ethereal, a hint of eucalyptus, meadow herbs, hints of dried fruit, sour note discreetly in the background
    • Taste
      1. Seasoning, malt, coffee, caramel, fruit, wood, sour, spicy, oily, cool, spicy, soft 2. powerful spiciness, burnt malt, freshly brewed coffee, dark caramel, dark and partly dried fruits, dry and dark wood, sour fruit flavors arise, rather a tart spiciness, becomes watery in the course of time, after a few moments creates subtle sharpness the tongue and between the lips 3. an old piece of wood rests in the mouth and exudes its old and creamy aroma
    • Finish
      1. Wood, nut, coffee, dried fruit, dry, bitter, dry 2. dry, spicy and old wood, dark and ripe walnuts, subtle bitter coffee, raisins in rum, pleasantly dry and partly discreetly bitter, dry, spicy and old pieces of wood 3. The old and ripe walnuts get wet and fall on the wet leaves lying on the forest floor, the old and dried wooden planks crack in the dimmed sunlight

  5. Archer scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    In the nose, he can still hide his slightly one-sided character well. The nose is interesting and complex and makes you want more. On the tongue, he shows but contrary to expectations as a lightweight, watery and woody.
    • Nose
      blind tasting
      Experiment - Comparability of tasting notes "(www.fassstark.de) 1. sweetness, grain, malt, chocolate, nut, seasoning, flower, fruit. The sweetness of fruit and flower hangs heavy and creamy in the nose.
      2. The fruits are red berries and grapes. The initial milk chocolate will thicken over time, as well as the maltiness, which darkens after a long time of Verriechens. Nut = hazelnuts, almonds. Initially only light spice, later increasingly. Flower is pushed into the background, crops as well. Spiced fruits (mulled wine?) Dominate.
      3. A Glühweinstand on a Christmas market, in the evening, no snow, +7 degrees Celsius outside temperature.
      4. heavy, red to dark
    • Taste
      1. Grain, malt, chocolate, coffee, nut, caramel, fruit, herbs, wood. Soft and light on the tongue, watery. At first barely dry, but rapidly increasing. Corky, metallic. 2. The flavors of 1. can hardly be specified, for that he is too fast on the tongue. Only so much: over time, chocolate becomes darker, herbal tart, cork taste (wood) more intense. Nut, caramel, fruit disappear quickly 3. An afternoon nap on a cork floor 4. One-sided, young
    • Finish
      1. wood, wood, wood and coffee 2. - 3. Get the stick ... 4. One-sided

  6. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    yes .... beautiful twelve-year-old malt, not over-complex but offers more than many others at the age of twelve. Quite delicious
    • Nose
      Raisins and dark chocolate, orange and malt; very dark and sweet; Whole grain bread; a very sticky little gunpowder
    • Taste
      oily to us very sweet; the oak comes through; pleasant tingling, which gets stronger with time; Maple syrup and raisins again
    • Finish
      short, dark chocolate and again very sweet; Oak; on the palate, a more chocolaty taste is left behind

  7. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is sweet and beautifuly sherried with notes of brown sugar, milk chocolate, dark fruits and ripe melon.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is pleasant and silky with a profile of strawberry jam, dark fruits, chocolate and some delicious spices.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is medium lenght and feels very soft with notes of spicy oak, gentle milk chocolate and eucalyptus.

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Glendronach 12 year OB 1980’s v 2019 H2H

    (1)Glendronach 12 year 1980’s ,The Original Pure Highland Malt 40% 72371
    (2)Glendronach 12 year 1980’s , sherry casks,The Original Pure Highland Malt 40% 25645
    (3)Glendronach 12 year 2019,The Original Highland Malt 43% 9096

    The 1980’s (1) has more power than (2), the sherry bottle is a little distant in comparison to it’s sister bottle. The 2019 (3)is similar to (1), with the same DNA but less expressive.
    The clear winner here is (1) followed by (3) with the old sherried bottle (2) bringing up the rear.

    This smells creamy and reminds me of some old blends because there is some vanilla and lots of mango mixed with other white fruits. There is an almost industrial quality to it, like paint to be honest but it is ok and not off putting, just unusual?
    My initial impression is telling me that this needs water to open up, rather closed neat, there is a nice parma violet note in the mix, rose water and a little spice.
    Similar to (1) just not as pronounced, hints of vanilla but coming through is a juicy yellow plum note mixed with wisps of smoke, very nice.

    So the 1980’s original shares similar vapours with the 2019, the sherried 1980’s is more closed, being less expressive generally.

    The 1980’s (1) has more power than (2), the sherry bottle is a little distant in comparison to it’s sister bottle. The 2019 (3)is similar to (1), with the same DNA but less expressive.
    The clear winner here is (1) followed by (3) with the old sherried bottle (2) bringing up the rear.

    Very nice, on sweet candied fruit of lemon, apricot, peach and mango, lemon sherbet fizz.
    Slightly thin at first but way better than the nose suggested, a little cream but then a wave of fizzy sherry with a little peat and the balance is really good, tasty.
    There is no way this is 12 years old more like a 15/16 year old.
    This is a little smoother than it’s older siblings, more manufactured, engineered if that makes sense?
    Cream soda and a wave of sweet peat which I was not expecting, icing sugar, a little barley sugar and a lovely sweet spice note

    Palate (with 5 drops of water from a pipette)

    More lemon sherbet with a dash of water added, very good balance , still fizzy and lively.
    The water has brought more sweetness out, and a bubblegum note
    Still sweet, with some barley sugar now and hints of lemon sorbet

    Finish (with water)

    Remaining sweet, fizzy and flavours are packed together tightly.
    The finish is full on lip smacking sherry, with parma violet on the tail.
    Similar to (1) sweet and fizzy basically.

    I kike the nose on (1) the best, the palate of the sherry cask 1980’s (2) is really good and a point or two infront of the others but the finish on the 2019 is a point in front of the other two older offerings.

    So for nose/palate/finish it looks like this :-

    Original 1980`s 89/88/87
    Original 1980’s sherry casks 86/90/87
    Original 2019 87/88/88

    A really enjoyable head to head, not much to separate them, all three were really tasty, no duffers here :)
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Rich sweet brown sugar with milk chocolate, eucalyptus, ripe melon and strawberry jam.

    RATING: 86pts - [n22,t21,f21,b22] → |86-89: Remarkable|

  10. erwinnlim scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A good entry level sherried dram and a perfect introduction to the Glendronach core range. Value (£35) : 8/10
    • Nose
      Sweet PX on the nose. Dried fruits and raisins along with some honey and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Pleasant mouthfeel, sweet on the palate as well with cinnamon and ginger as well. Some delicious milk chocolate turn into a drying oak spice
    • Finish
      More chocolate and oak spice here. Medium in length


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