Glendronach 12-year-old Original

Overall rating
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

€ 45,44

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12 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glendronach 12-year-old Original

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

  1. 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

  2. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A solid beginner Sherrymalt, but not more. He has too little tension in my mouth.
    • Nose
      instant orange juice, orange marmalade, quince marmalade, honey, chocolate, red berries, pears, raisins
    • Taste
      Juicy oranges, jam, dark chocolate, quickly becoming espresso, a touch of cinnamon, ginger, white pepper, creamy - generally less tension, more pulpy aroma, not well accentuated; little sweet
    • Finish
      getting dry quickly, medium in length, warm and spicy

  7. Gloin scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The smell is very appealing and immediately arouses the need to drink. The acidity typical of Glendronach is not very pronounced. In the mouth, the whisky looks a bit too shallow despite the pleasant taste. Nevertheless, it tastes good. The finish pleases without enthusiasm.
    • Nose
      Soft and sweet, cereals, then cherries, delicate spiciness, sweet sherry, light sourness, earth, caramel
    • Taste
      The onset is a bit stronger than the smell would have expected, almonds, latte, some chocolate, in the meantime flashes again and again a slightly sourish fruit note, blackberries
    • Finish
      The finish now shows oak and sherry, drier than in the mouth and nose. A nice interplay between sweet and dry, medium long.

  8. Okto-Bull 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

  9. 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

  10. Fuchur scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    My review refers to one of the latest Billy Walker bottlings.
    A recommended "daily dram" for those who like sherried whisky.
    Needs some time (approx. 10-15 min.) in the glass.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Not that complex and interesting tbh.
      Very sweet and mellow.
    • Taste
      86 86
      First: Strong impressions of very sweet sherry due to the PX casks.
      "Better" and more complex than the nose.
      Next: Oranges, chocolate, chocolate ;-)
      Later: dry and sweetened fruit
    • Finish
      86 86
      Also sherry with lots of wood and chocolate.
      Medium in length but rather on the dry side.
      Pleasant in its appearance.


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