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Glendronach 39yo 1972/2011

(49.9%, OB, Oloroso Sherry Butt, C#712, 466 Bts.)
Average Score: 91
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryGlendronach
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameGlendronach
Year Distilled1972
Year Bottled2011
Alcohol By Volume49.9%
Other DetailsOloroso Sherry Butt
Cask Number#712
Bottles466
Issued2011
Average Score91


Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson92
Konstantin Grigoriadis93
Ho-cheng Yao95
Krishna Nukala90
Pit Krause92
Thomas Lipka89
Rich Howard93
David Wankel92
Keith Wood92
Oliver Klimek93
Benjamin Chen85
Ralf Mitchell85


Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonThis is an evil evil nose. So packed-full of wood-influence, figs, old leather jackets, ancient classic cars, cuban cigars and furnace smoke. Brutal. Yeah, in sync with that fabulously massive nose. This one is pretty grand. So dark in style, a bomb.
Rich Howardthe deepest and richest of fruits on the nose, fresh figs, rhubarb pie, spice cake, red grapefruit and orange marmalade, with twigs, grape seeds, tobacco, plenty of leather, mushrooms, dark chocolate and brown sugar. the palate is intense, quite spicy and tannic, with mulled wine, tons of dark fruits, raisins, glove leather, tobacco, black coffee, mushrooms, a hint of vanilla, cinnamon and cloves on the finish. a drop of water is not necessary, but will be added in the interests of science. the drop of water did next to nothing... maybe a bit more twigs and a hint more vanilla. the palate is just as rich and robust, all the same elements as before, maybe slightly sweeter now. summary: this is quite simply a huge sherried dram, quite spicy, full of rich fruits, earthy notes and just enough wood... superb. [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards]
Keith WoodGlass: Classic Malt - Colour: Amber with hints of mahogany - Nose: Quite different as it's obviously aged wood and sherry, but also very herbal. After some minutes this expands to include black cherries and smoky amaretto, then a lightly smoked wood which expands even further with more time. - Palate: Immediately lots of presence and character with smoky aged wood and antique leather. In fact 'antique' seems to fit this rather nicely. - Finish: Long with gently fading black cherries. - Overall impression: Never mind the cost, pour me another. A truly 'Great' whisky. Yes, I said 'Great'!