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 – Glendronach Cask Strength batch 2

Glendronach cask strength batch 2.
55.2%ABV
£51.95 from MasterOfMalt

Second batch release of the glendronach cask strength series. Buckle up. Ride ahead!

Nose.

Ok. I was expecting a rougher ride as there is no age to this Whisky. But bugger me if it isn’t full,
Fruity, and damn right snifftastic! It’s hot, but the sherried, rum and raisin, fruitcake is all there in abundance. There’s a thick edge to the toffee sweet edge as well. It’s a very satisfying nose for a sherry head like myself!

Palate.

Sweet. Sherried dark fruits. Heat comes through. Dissipates and results in the rich fruitcake notes you’d expect. Toffee. Chewy. Heavy oily mouthfeel.

Finish. Medium

. Rich toffee and sherried oak stays around to a drying conclusion. Warm. And embracing.

Adding water.

Dollop into my dram! The nose has developed a little age! There is some polished wood in the mix now. Still thick toffee but with an air of aged wood dust, which while doesn’t sound appealing it actually is! Very appealing. The palate has a more levelled balance, mouthfeel slightly diminished, in favour of a fruitier balance. It’s really a special dram. If I was blind tasting some age would come into this which would not be accurate. The finish is smooth, warming and truly feels special. Thick toffied sherry malt dominates in a warming way. The end game is just plain relaxing and therapeutic!

Conclusion.

it’s a monster of the sherried variety. It gives what you would expect from glendroach if you know them. If you don’t. Then expect a good smooth sherried, spicy beast of a dram. It’s spicy. Easy and challenging at the same time if you want it to be! Full of the rich toffee, dark thick fruity moments that sometimes life needs to keep you on the path forward. It’s a bloody fulfilling experience.

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Whisky Review – Glendronach 1994 / 18 Year Old / PX Puncheon #3547

Glendronach 1994 / 18 Year Old / PX Puncheon #3547
55.1% ABV
£79.95 from theWhiskyExchange

I love sherried whiskies. If you read my reviews you’ll see that as I usually have more to say about them than others. Doesn’t mean I don’t love the others. It just means that sherried whiskies, good ones that is, fuel my need to write. Kind of like a textual purge!

Bear in mind this is a first opened bottle. First dram from it. If it differs greatly in time I will post updates.

Colour.

Deep dark natural mahogany. They look effing rich and sumptuous (will try not to use those descriptors again in this review! Lol) in the bottle. You know your in for a thick ride!

Nose.

Sweet spicy sherried malt. Serious PX influence. There’s a nice bit of aged oak wood spices also. Some rum drenched sawdust. A little polish. Bucket tonnes of dark fruits. Raisins, sultanas, plums. Some chocolate. A dollop of coffee. And spiced oranges baked in mulled wine! Christmas has definitely come early!

Palate.

Damn my barring of those descriptors! Errrr. It’s thick and juicy! Sweet PX big sherried monster malt. Then the bite comes. Subsides and develops into more sweet dark fruity pleasure. Mouthfeel is oily, chewy and all around big. Some oak influence in the palate showing a subtle age, but the sherry sweetness is the dominant entity here. Right up my street! Sweet oranges, chocolate, spiced oak chips, rum engorged fruitcake, raisins, sultanas, some coffee.

Finish.

More coffee, chocolate, oranges, rum and raisin. Drying out to sherry drenched oak, a little sawdust and toasted oak chips.

Adding water.

Being cautious with the water due to the age. I think it will take a bit. But I’ll go slow as its the first dram from this bottle. More balanced now. Quite delicately so. All the same fragrances are in place, little less fruit dominance and more stabilisation with the oak age influences making more of a statement. Fascinating. The palate. Sweet, fruity, tasty big! Less burn gives development more space and layers interchange between oak and fruit and aged spiced oak and chewy fruit and oak and yummm and ahhhh. Finish is lighter, fruitier, and, oh balls to it RICH and SUMPTUOUS!
A little more water. Probably put too much in as its quite cloudy (a good thing I know, but maybe not for the age) and diluted. Lets see. The nose is more oak than fruit now. Lots of polish and wood. Fruit very definitely left behind. Palate wise, much weaker, still got its bits and bobs. But it’s lost a bit there. Finish is well, fruitier! How strange! It’s fruitier, sweeter and less oaky dryness! That’s a bit different! So. How much water? Well it’s worth a play. For me. It’s a dollop. But not too much!
*update* – bit of time in the glass and the heavier diluted is really good! It’s just worth playing with this dram. Pour a large one. Make it last and add water several times during the hour or two you slowly spend nosing and sipping. It’s a good slow ride to awesomesville!

Conclusion.

It’s friggin awesome. I’m biased because I love sherried whiskies and especially glendronach px matured whiskies. They don’t pay me or anything, but they can if they want! (I could do with a new job!) Lol.

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Whisky Review – Glendronach 1993 19 yo oloroso sherry butt #487

Glendronach 1993 19 yo oloroso sherry butt #487.
£99.99 at Whisky Barrel

Colour.

Dark dark mahogany.

Nose.

Quite constrained nose of concentrated fruits and nuts and chocolate. Rum soaked cherries and raisins. Almonds. Intensively syrupy sherried malt.

Palate.

Strong nip of alcohol. Penetrating concentrate of everything in the nose all at once.

Finish.

Slightly bitter chocolate. Drying.

Adding water?

Adding about 20% water. The nose gives rich dark sherried fruits. Xmas cake. Chocolate nuts. Sweet spices. Orange peel. Palate gives a Sumptuous fruity explosion. Rich and scrumptious. Smooth and still delicate yet bold. The finish is dryish. Fruity leftovers. Adding more water makes things less rich. More nut. Still scrummy, but the palate is less intense. The finish less also. Worth being discrete and careful with water quantity added.

Conclusion.

Another cracking single cask release from Glendronach. I’m a big fan. I know it may sound like I’m biased, been bought, sold out. But, I’ve bought these myself, as I am totally in love with this distillery! I am a sherry head and this distillery delivers for me! Thank you Glendronach!

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Whisky Review – Glendronach 1993 19yo PX butt #26

Glendronach. 1993
19 yo px butt #26.
Uk exclusive.
Now hard to find.

Nose.

Rich. Intense. Sherried dark fruits. Christmas cake. Oranges. Chocolate. Mouthwatering joy. It’s flicking awesome.

Palate.

Assault of fruit and Xmas cake. Needs some water but not much I reckon.

Finish.

Some musty age in a good way. Long. Fruit and cake is here to stay. Just plain awesome. Going back for more.

Adding Water?

Adding a reasonable dollop into my dram weakens the punch but shows more age. Getting varnish and good wood spices. On the palate All the fruity goodness and joy. Doesn’t need much water and I’m not adding anymore. Neat is fine but worth extending the experience a little with a drop.

Conclusion.

A Beauty of a dram. If you can still find it anywhere and you like your easily sherried whiskies then this is for you. If you find it anywhere and you don’t want to buy it please be kind and drop me an email! 🙂

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