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Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival Sherry Cask

24 Days of Christmas: Day 14!

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@SquidgyAshReview by @SquidgyAsh

24th Jan 2013


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Tonight when I got home from work, I'm tired, I'm sore and I decided that I needed a nice dram to take the edge off, to absorb me into the world of whisky.

Fortuitously I have a steady supply of such whiskies, thanks to my wife and Master of Malt.

Tonight I went, yet again, for a distillery that I'd never tried before, which is the way I like it, something new, something different.

See the thing about me and whisky is that I treat old favorites like an old friend where you both know one anothers tall tales, you know about the one that got away.

You enjoy one another, you know where your stories are going to go and you go together like peanut butter and jelly.

You can also be a little bit too predictable.

This is why, at least for me, that variety is the spice of life. I'm always looking for the next new whisky to become one of my new old friends.

Tonight I was introducing myself to GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival Sherry Cask.

Aged for 15 years in Oloroso Sherry casks for 15 years this whisky pours a lovely deep dark golden color that just makes me smile.

It's a typical sherry nose, dark fruits like raisins, toffee, chocolate, hints of vanilla and smoke (which is interesting!), quite an earthy feeling nose. Underneath it all is a faint aroma that is rubbery and the only low point in the aroma.

Time for a taste though!

Again it follows like a nice typical sherry bomb!

Raisins, toffee, chocolate, burnt coffee, wow some nice nutty flavors there along with some spices.

Mmmmm quite enjoyable.

The finish is long, dry and spicy with the burnt coffee and chocolate shouting out.

A very enjoyable and solid sherry bomb style whisky, a whisky that tastes more intense then the 46% abv that sits at, which makes me happy, it's more intense, but not in a bad way.

This is one of those whiskies that I'd totally go to when I wanted to introduce someone who's never experienced a really nice sherry whisky before, right before I move them to the Aberlour Abunadhs.

I've sadly yet to see this whisky for sell in Australia, but I'm willing to guess that this bad boy would be running close to $100 AUS if you could find it, which is a pretty damn good deal. Mind you at that price I'd still go with Aberlour Abunadh instead, but if I wanted something a little less intense I'd be heading straight here.

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Rigmorole commented

I have the Glendronach 15 and Aberlour Abundadh in my stash. Can't wait to try the Glendronach! I've never had a Glendronach before, so this will be my first. When I bought the bottle, it was the last one in the store. Not many left in Portland. But first, I'm going to open my Tobermory 15.

I weigh 222 and I'm using it to coax myself down to 215. When I hit 215 on the scales, I will open the Tobermory. Then the Glendronach at 205 and a bottle of Old Pultney 21 when I'm at 195. Not sure after that, but I plan to get down to 185. Perhaps the Aberlour Abun. Batch 39 for 185. Sounds lame, I know, but it's a good way to encourage myself to loose weight. I'm six feet tall and too heavy right now. Well, perhaps I shouldn't have confessed my diet plan, but there it is! Ha! Swimming every day, hitting the weights and drinking a good dram of whisky after a light supper. That's my diet plan this winter.

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Pudge72 commented

Most. awesome. diet. ever.

Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress (and the whisky tasting of course)!!

10 years ago 0

ewhiskey commented

Thanks for the review. I have tried Revival and was too intimidated to review it. I was able to note some characteristics of this whiskey, one in particular, cardamon. But there was so much depth in the flavour that I couldn't quite figure it out. A lovely scotch regardless, one that needs to be enjoyed alone since I was spent after over working my gears trying to analyze it. For now I've raised my white flag and I will return for another round, another day.

Thank you for sharing this one. I enjoyed the review amongst many others you've written.


10 years ago 0

SquidgyAsh commented

@rigmorole LOVE your diet plan! It's awesome and it's honestly something that I should probably consider :D As Pudge72 said "Most. Awesome. Diet. Ever!" Also as he said keep us updated both on the whisky and diet!!!

@Pudge72 I can only say I agree with you so many times, but yeah you know I agree with you :D

@ewhiskey You're definitely welcome for the reviews! I'm glad that you enjoy them :) I know what you mean when you say that you've encountered whiskies that need to be tried by themselves as they can be so complex, so big, so intimidating. I look forward to reading your review about the Revival though!! Keep at it buddy :)

Once again thank you for the kind words regarding the reviews!

10 years ago 0

hunggar commented

Great review, as always Squidyash. I reviewed this whisky myself and I initially gave it a 90. I fell in love with it as soon as I opened the bottle. It was the perfect sherry dram.

BUT... I don't know if anyone else noticed this, but I have found that the bottle has changed dramatically over the last few months. What was initially an absolutely lovely sherry bomb has changed into a rubber bomb. The note of rubber that you mentioned in your review seems to have grown significantly... so much so that it's all I seem to taste when I drink this now. I know you only had a sampler, but be warned... either I got a dud bottle from a dud batch, or the Revival is prone to a pretty extreme change of character from oxidization. Has this happened to anyone else?

I really loved the initial taste of this when I opened it. I'm kinda hoping my bottle's a dud because I'd be willing to give this whisky another shot if I'm alone in this experience...

10 years ago 0

SquidgyAsh commented

@Hunggar Glad that you enjoyed the review my friend!!

Sorry to hear about that unpleasantness with the rubber flavor. I'll be aware of that if I go out to purchase this whisky. The worst case of oxidation I ever had was the Macallan 12 yr old Fine Oak which was beautiful and sexy and so full of lovely fruits and then after a few months went VERY oaky and bitter which was extremely disappointing.

Looking around though I'm noticing quite a few reviews listing the rubber as a flavor in it, so I think maybe it's present in all/most bottles? Hopefully not. If you get another bottle do please let us know how it goes. It might be worthwhile to decant into smaller bottles if you purchase another bottle just to prevent the possibility of this occurring again?

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