Whisky Review – Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival

Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival
46%ABV
Non-chill filtered
Natural colour
£38.95 at TheWhiskyExchange

Nose.

Welcome to sherry heaven. Rich, heavy, sherried dark fruits. Thick fruitcake. Intensive sherry oak spices. Nutty aromas are well integrated. Coffee mocha.

Palate.

Mouth coating. Sweet and savoury. Heavy sherry raisins and fruitcake. Fruit and nut chocolate. Coffee in there as well, a little spiced orange. It’s like a bag of revels all melted into one and sherried the hell out of! Some cinnamon and anise linger in the background.

Finish.

Long and resiliently sherried. The fruit and nut sticks around for a good while, with the finish drying out into some wood spice and a little sawdust. It’s very moreish and demands much attention and sipping.

Adding water.

Adding a reasonable drop of water to my dram. I’m sure it can take it. With the alcohol levels toned down the balance of smell becomes more levelled out. Easier to identify and savour. More spices come through in the still heavily thick sherried fruitcake stew aromas. The palate reflects the diluted nose with more spices, and balanced fruit, with the sherry still very much dominant and in control. Luscious. The finish is full of all the good stuff. Fruit and nut nd chocolate and coffee and pleasure and joy, excitement and happiness!

Conclusion.

Glendronach is one of my favourite distilleries, so I am a little biased. I must admit, I’ve done Glendronach a little backwards. I got into their single casks before trying their standard, core releases. This 15 year old being the first core release I’ve tried in depth. It’s a remarkable dram, with shed loads of flavour and pleasure to be experienced. Can’t recommend it high enough for those who like their whisky experience sherried. It’s really quite the bargain.

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Whisky Review – Glengoyne 15 year old

Glengoyne 15 year old
43% ABV
£44.50 from MasterOfMalt

“Natural Colour” – nice!

Nose.

Spicy wood. Sugar sweetness. Honeyed malt. Vanilla. Perfumed floral. Parma violets. Light polish. Stewed fruits in the background. Added oak spice. Its a very compelling and addictive nose, i could sniff on this dram for a very long while. There is a overall added depth to the nose in comparison to the 10 year old. If the 10 year old was 4 ft deep, this one is a good 6.5 ft!

Palate.

Sweet sweet sweet! A little added oomph from the slightly higher ABV when comparing to the 10 year old experience. The mouthfeel is silky and unashamed. There is a pepper spice around the sweetness, the stewed apples and bananas are bigger and chewier. The toffee thicker and stickier. Once again, it’s incredible easy and sipable.

Finish.

So much smoother than the 10 year old, and I found the 10 year old very smooth. This is just like drinking silk, if you could drink silk of course! The sweetness is richer and more rounded than the 10 year old.

Adding Water.

A small drop. The nose now exhibits a deeper, more polished oak and floral notes. There’s a more rounded and detailed level to the nose. The spices come through a little more with some liquorice, star anise, and cardamom. TE diluted palate lacks a little of the mouthfeel from the undiluted as expected, but still is most luxurious. The sweetness is still apparent, but the added spice to the nose comes through in the palate also, giving a more interesting and valuable experience. The finish retains those spices as the sweetness fades. It is a very special dram. Again, so very easy drinking as per the 10 year old, but has the additional demand to really pay attention to the quality and the variation of the malt.

Conclusion.

The 15 year old adds a lot in terms of oak spice and wood notes to the similar mix of honey sweetness found in the 10 year old. It shows a very interesting lesson in consistency, as all of the same characteristics from the 10 year old are present here, but with that added oak age, spices and a thicker depth to the known aromas and flavours. An excellent dram, and relatively well priced compared to its younger sibling. Having tried the 10/15/18, I can say this is my personal favourite. It shows good value for money in complexity, but it can also be treated as a bit of a session dram, although I would be more inclined to have the 10 year old if it is only for drinking. The 15 year old is for drinking sure, but enjoying and savouring, which is more important in my whisky drinking experience.

Please see all my reviews of the 10/15/18 year old Glengoyne single malt whiskies.

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Whisky Review – the Glenlivet 15 year old French Oak

Glenlivet 15 French Oak
40% ABV
£37.24 at MasterOfMalt

Nose.

Very sweet. Rich and creamy. Tutti fruiti. Buckets of Vanilla and Honey. A little citrus grapefruit in the background, but the sweetness does tend to overwhelm the hidden complexities.

Palate.

Sweet. Caramel. Honey. Some citrus. A little aged oak tannins coming through mid development. Chewy. Very creamy and easy to drink.

Finish.

Sweet. Honey. A little grapefruit peel. Some drying oak spice at the finale.

Adding Water.

A small drop added. There is a little more citrus (specifically grapefruit) in the nose. The sweetness has subsided a little. More oak tannins are evident. Some floral aromas are also present. On the palate more complexity is revealed, with softer fruits coming to the forefront. More aged oak, whilst retaining its creamy sweet profile. The finish is creamy, warm and quite luxurious. This dram definitely benefits from a drop of water.

Conclusion.

This is a very nice session dram. One which I would enjoy on any night. It’s a quality, well constructed whisky.

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Whisky Review – Glenfiddich 15 year old Solera Reserve

Glenfiddich 15 Solera
40%ABV
£32.92 at MasterOfMalt

Nose.

It’s ‘tasty’ on the nose. Nicely sherried. Rum soaked raisins. A quality Christmas cake. Baked oranges. Cinnamon spiced. A little dark chocolate in the background.

Palate.

Surprisingly oily on the mouthfeel despite its 40% ABV and therefore chill filtration. Sweet and easy drinking…oh so easy drinking! Sherried fruits. Oranges. Toffee. Fruitcake in abundance. Christmas spices.

Finish.

Medium length finish. Warming. Sweet rich fruit stays for a good while. A little salt. Dark (slightly bitter) chocolate oak at the very end.

Adding Water.

I’m only adding the slightest drop. The tiniest drop of water has had quite the dramatic effect on the nose. The intensity of the aromas have increased quite a bit. The fruitcake has intensified, and in addition to the original undiluted nose we have a little added oak influence. The palate reflects this also, becoming somewhat tastier (if that were possible), albeit a little lighter in mouthfeel. More oak tannins coming forth in the development. The finish remains sweet, fruity and moreish as ever.

Conclusion.

It’s bloody lovely. So easy to sip on and moreish, which results in an empty glass too quickly (not a bad thing as long as you can pace yourself!). It is without a doubt my favourite of the Glenfiddich range that I have tried so far. Easy, accessible, beautiful, joy.

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Whisky Review – Glenfiddich 15 year old distillery edition

Glenfiddich 15 year old distillery edition
51% ABV
£41.53 at MasterOfMalt

Nose.

Buckets of rich, intense fruit. Apples, pineapples, tropical fruits. Some floral oak spice, and the increased ABV really packs a punch. I’m getting some candied sweeties (sweet cigarettes), honey, vanilla and thick toffee.

Palate.

It’s thick. Toffee malt. The bang of the alcohol kicks. Then the toffee is back, fruit medley, vanilla and the toffee chews. A bit of thorntons special toffee chewability in there.

Finish.

Apples. Loads of then, then The oak takes over for a dry finish. Toffee and vanilla remain. With oak spice and pepper.

Adding Water.

A small measure of water in my half dram. An addition to the diluted nose is experienced in terms of some additional age. There is a definite wood oak, polish note added in. Not massive but in the background. Some sawdust. Additional floral along the lines of mr. Sheen. And some garden flowers poking through. In the palate we have an easier experience to the undiluted taste. More deducible flavours, with some added oak and wood spices, a little dryness in the development and a more defined balance. The finish is slightly weakened, but now has a little more age to the drying oak remaining on the fruit fade.

Conclusion.

Anyone expecting a heated up version of the 15 year old Solera reserve may be disappointed as it is not a sherried whisky like the Solera. This is like the 12 year old on steroids. That’s a good thing! It’s nice to see this dram finally has some good coverage in supermarkets where it only used to be available online before. Well done Glenfiddich. I would still love to see some craft presentations of your regular drams mind you. And that experimental cask I tried at the whisky show last year. It was mega!

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