Glendronach 8 The Hielan Review

This is an 8 year OB from Glendronach consisting of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry matured stock. It’s bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Muted sherry tucked in a yeasty malt with vanilla, lemon juice, and tapioca pudding.

Palate: Vanilla and oak with a very subtle, fino-style sherry influence. Tastes fairly watery to me as neither the sherry cask nor bourbon cask influence stand out much.

Finish: Brief and slightly bitter/tannic.

Rating: 78/100 – Fairly disappointing as most Glendronach OBs I’ve tried are fairly decent.

Value for the money: Looks like this can be picked up from the UK for around $40-45 (less the expensive shipping). It’s a decent enough price to add a bottle on to an existing order, but buying it alone it would become prohibitively expensive in my opinion.

Glendronach Single Cask 2002 14 Year PX Sherry Puncheon Cask #1504 Review

This is a 14 year Glendronach Single Cask matured in a PX Sherry Puncheon and bottled at 55.5% ABV.

Nose: Strawberries and graham crackers at first followed by peppermint, tobacco, cocoa powder, caramel, and a bit of floral notes developing after a few minutes in the glass.

Palate: More malty here with the peppermint notes carrying through from the nose. Cocoa again with some caramelized bananas – less fruity overall than the nose however.

Finish: Dry and oaky with only a hint of sweetness from gingerbread notes.

Rating: 86/100 – Not quite as raisiny/fruity as some of its older PX single cask brothers, but good nonetheless.

Value for the money: I think I paid about €105 for this, and it’s not too bad a price for what you get.

Glendronach Single Cask 1995 20 Year (Cask #543) Review

This is a 20 year Glendronach that was matured in a PX Sherry Puncheon and bottled at 54.6% ABV.

Nose: Cherry jam with dark chocolate undertones, subtle anise tucked away in there with a bit of beach ball rubber coming through. Dried banana chips, figs, new leather, and baked apples round out a sweet nose.

Palate: Leathery and meaty sherry full of plums, cloves, cherry cough drops. lemon zest, and almond extract. Not as raisiny as I’d expect from a 20 year PX matured malt.

Finish: Predominantly sherry with a bit of oak and pepper lingering.

Rating: 88/100 – A solid Glendronach single cask that’s not as cloying as I was expecting.

Value for the money: I paid around €175 for this bottle, and I think that’s not too bad a price, but not sure I’d buy another at that price point.

Glendronach Single Cask 1995 19 Year PX Cask #3292 Review

This is a 19 year Glendronach Single Cask that was matured in a PX cask and bottled at 52.9% ABV.

Nose: Super chocolately up front – but more of a malt chocolate than a sweet chocolate. PX rather muted behind the chocolate notes and heavy oak. Some toffee and black cherries show up after a bit.

Palate: PX much more bold here with those syrupy raisin notes – a bit of chocolate, cloves, and oddly enough some herbal notes tucked away behind the sherry. Just the right balance of other notes besides the PX to avoid becoming too sweet.

Finish: Raisins with citrus and a nice balance of oak lingering.

Rating: 90/100 – I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – these Glendronach single casks are about as consistent as it comes in the malt world in my opinion. If you enjoy heavily sherried malts, you just can’t go wrong with these.

Value for the money: Guessing this retailed between $150-200 based on the typical prices for these, and I’d gladly pay for a bottle in that range.

Glendronach Single Cask 1990 22 Year (Cask #2971) Review

This is a 22 year Glendronach that was matured in a PX cask and bottled at 50.8% ABV. This is an older review that it appears I never migrated to the blog.

Nose: Floral oak dripping with rich, raisiny PX sherry. Loads of brown sugar with some honey and mineral notes.

Palate: Extremely rich PX – like a raisin syrup. Takes a minute to get past the sherry bomb, but bananas, toffee, and nutmeg emerge.

Finish: Slightly astringent but the sugary PX laden oak lingers on and on

Rating: 92/100 – A very good PX matured Glendronach – hits all the right sweet notes for me. I often use this one to introduce someone to sweeter scotch as it is almost like a dessert pour.

Value for the money: These retailed close to $200, and at auction it would still be in that ballpark. I think that would be a fair price if you can score one around there.

Glendronach Single Cask 2004 11 Year (Cask 5524) Review

This is an 11 year Glendronach from Batch 12 that was matured in a PX Sherry Puncheon and bottled at 57.8% ABV.

Nose: A bit barbecue saucy with sweet tomatoes and a subtle vinegar – grapes, charred oak with some slight smoke as a result. Not very raisiny as I was expected given the PX maturation (albeit a short maturation).

Palate: Much fruitier here with raisins and cranberries. Vanilla custard and a bit of tart malt with cinnamon.

Finish: Very tart with fruit punch, minimal oak, and golden raisins.

Rating: 87/100 – Another solid Single Cask from Glendronach – they are about as consistent as you can find in my opinion. Interesting to try one on the younger side before the sherry has time to dominate the malt.

Value for the money: These retailed around $80 when they came out, and that’s a fair price. These sell out quickly at retail though so you’d have to find this one at auction. I’d be happy to pay up to $100 or so.

Glendronach Single Cask 1994 20 Year PX Cask #1079 Review

This is a 20 year Glendronach that was matured in a PX Sherry Puncheon and bottled at 54.4% ABV.

Nose: Big, meaty sherry with honeycomb, prosciutto, raisins, freshly sawn oak, figs, and apricot jam.

Palate: Golden raisins mingled with new oak – chalky, but sweet with peaches and nectarines, citrus juice, and prunes.

Finish: Clean, sweet sherry lingering with damp oak.

Rating: 90/100 – I’m typically a fan of these Glendronach single cask releases, and this one is no exception. Despite the 20 year PX maturation, there are still a lot of lighter/bright notes in here to avoid just being a pure dark sherry bomb.

Value for the money: This retails for $220 and I think it’s a bit on the high side, but not too bad.

Glendronach Single Cask 1994 20 Year PX Puncheon Cask #2822 Review

This is a 20 year Glendronach matured in a PX Puncheon that was bottled for the UK market at 54.8% ABV.

Nose: Classic struck match head right off the bat with heavy prunes. Not as raisiny as I’ve come to expect from PX maturation. Also, oak is quite a bit heavier than what I typically find in these – perhaps due to the slightly muted PX influence. Slightly acidic dark berries.

Palate: Heat surprisingly strong for only 54.8% ABV – toffee notes mixed among an odd herbal profile. Again, doesn’t quite strike me as PX maturation – would’ve guessed Oloroso if I didn’t know better. Oak becoming quite strong in rear palate.

Finish: Red grape skins, sherry becomes much heavier with oak fading quickly.

Rating: 87/100 – One of the oddest Glendronach single casks I’ve had. On one hand, it’s nice to try one that ventures out from the typical notes in these 20ish year PX bottles, but it comes off as a blessing and a curse for me to a degree.

Value for the money: Guessing this retailed around $150ish or so and typically these single casks make great purchases at retail if you love very heavy sherry influence.

Glendronach 15 Tawny Port Finish Review

This is a 15 year expression from Glendronach that was finished in Tawny Port casks and bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Port comes through cleanly with stewed fruit, mulling spices, heavy grape juice, slightly briny, and a fair amount of brown sugar.

Palate: Again quite port/grape heavy here with moderate oak presence. Sugary malt and red berries round out a sweet profile.

Finish: Port lingers with the spices, brown sugar, and molasses for a long time.

Rating: 86/100 – Sometimes I wish port finishes could be as complex as sherry finish, but I find it’s often too heavy a curtain over the dram that lacks some of the subtleties and variety I find in sherry finishes (non-PX ones really).

Value for the money: This appears to retail for around $65-$70, and I would probably buy one at that price if I saw it.

Glendronach Single Cask (1996 17 Year PX Cask #1491) Review

This is a 17 year Glendronach that was matured in a PX cask and bottled at 53.2% ABV.

Nose: Heavy raisin syrup with rich fudge leading off. Strawberry hard candies (those old ones with the strawberry design wrappers) and a bit of smoky barbecue sauce.

Palate: Strawberry candies again with lemon drops – meaty sherry with a subtle butterscotch note.

Finish: Dries out very quickly with sherry seasoned oak trailing off.

Rating: 90/100 – A pretty standard PX matured Glendronach – if you like heavily sherried malts, you typically can’t go wrong with these Single Casks in my mind.

Value for the money: Guessing this one retailed for $150 or so. These single casks are usually great buys from a value perspective as they are typically very consistent and hard to beat at their price for sherry bombs.