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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Tasting Notes Review

GlenDronach Distillery, Forgue,


AB54 6DA

Tel: +44 (0)1466 730202


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GlenDronach 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

 Tasting note


This superb richly sherried single malt is matured for at least 12 years in a combination of the finest Spanish Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso sherry casks. Non-chill filtered, of natural colour and bottled at 43%, the GlenDronach 12 year old Original is a sweet, creamy dram

Tasting Notes


Expression 12 Year Old


Appearance: Deep amber-red gold.


Nose: Sweet, creamy vanilla, with hints of ginger. Spiced mulled wine and pear.


Palate: Rich, creamy, silky-smooth. Warm, rich oak and sherry sweetness, full mouth feel, raisins and soft fruits. Spicy with medium length and a dry finish.


Conclusions: Long, full and firm, slightly nutty


GlenDronach 15 year old Revival Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting note


Exclusively matured in the finest Spanish Oloroso Sherry Casks


GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 year old Revival 46% -70cl Tasting notes.


Appearance: Deep gold with a lovely mahogany heart.


Nose: Incredible concentration of aromas. Treacle toffee and chocolate orange.


Palate: A very dynamic and full bodied dram for its age. Chewy with coffee chocolate and treacle scones.


Conclusions: A veritable feast to enliven the senses.


GlenDronach 18 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Allardice 46% -70cl Tasting Notes


Expression Allardice - 18 Year Old


Exclusively matured in the finest Spanish Oloroso Sherry Casks


Appearance: Bright deep gold with a tawny centre.


Nose: Sweet aromatics of fudge and muscovado sugar. Fruit compote and glacier morello cherries provide added complexity.


Palate: Rich dark and seductive. Remarkable flavours of stewed fruits and all-spice marry together with classical aged Oloroso and toasted walnut bread and chocolate orange.


Conclusions: Tremendously complex and long.


GlenDronach 21 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Parliment  46% -70cl Tasting Notes



Deep amber with a cherry wood sheen.


A delicate mix of ripe autumnal fruits - notably blackberries and red plums. Rich Oloroso sherry and candied orange segments. Spiced oatmeal biscuits and toasted oak fragrances bring excellent weight and balance.


Resolute flavours of fine Oloroso sherry and bitter chocolate sauce, which has been spread liberally over homemade plum pudding. This is all infused with fabulous spicy notes - cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Full bodied with smooth tannins.


Long and lingering.

GlenDronach Releases 4 New Wood Finishes

The releases of a series of non-sherry wood finishes is certainly quite a departure from the norm for GlenDronach, where the tradition is to mature the whisky in big, rich sherry casks such as Oloroso and Pedro Ximinez.


Not looking to change the style of GlenDronach, the focus will continue to be on richly sherried malts, However the distillery is interested to see how the whisky would react to different types of wood. It was important that the whiskies selected for ‘finishing’ were not typical GlenDronach (richly sherried), instead they opted for whisky that had been maturing in lighter casks – this meant the whisky could experience the full impact of the 2nd cask, be it Sauternes, Virgin Oak, Moscatel or Tawny Port.


GlenDronach 14 year old  Sauternes Finish

Appearance - bright lemon straw


Nose - juicy and fresh. A blanket of creamed soda and wild strawberries backed up lush late harvest desert wine. Hints of sherbet and ripe cherries. Very fruity.


Palate - apples and rhubarb drenched in home made custard. Sweet desert wine influences emerge with ripe sultanas and a lovely creamy heart.  


Conclusions - sweet fresh and fragrant with balanced acidity. Lots of finesse and elegance, whilst still maintaining the lively youthful elements.


GlenDronach 14 year old  Virgin Oak Finish

Appearance - light gold. Freshly harvest straw.


Nose - toasted oak elements which are so intense that smoky attributes emerge. Sweet and lush tropical  fruits rise with prominence. Banana and cacao, with roasted coconut.      


Palate - spiced ginger and cinnamon cake with a beautiful smoky twist. Creamed desicated coconut and fresh buttered toast with a handful of hazelnuts on the side.


Conclusion - a glorious nut feast with superb depth.


GlenDronach 15 year old  Moscatel Finish

Appearance - light gold.    


Nose - golden syrup and nutmeg. Poached peaches and apricot flavours with fresh figs and dates. Subtle marzipan on the tail intensifies the aromatics.


Palate - sweet summer fruits of melon and pineapple intertwined with sweet ripe raisins and alcohol infused figs. Subtle marzipan adds a smooth round nutty edge.      


Conclusion - a warming mix of fruit, nuts. Lovely length and balance.


GlenDronach 15 year old Tawny Port Finish


Appearance; Prominent rose-wine hue, built around a light copper orange core.


Nose; Stewed damsons and plum conserve. Raisins, sultanas and fine grand cru chocolate provide lovely depth and structure.


Palate; Fruit shortcake drenched in vanilla custard, with a scattering of dried figs, dates and wild strawberries. Smooth tannins and light acidity highlight a wonderfully long finish.

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