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Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival Sherry Cask


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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

18th Apr 2014


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Glendronach seem to have a cult following. I follow their page on Facebook and can see the intensity and the passion that the fans have for it. And I think that's fair. It is a wonderful distillery with some very special releases. Their single casks are a stuff of legend, though, feel that their core range could do with a bit of a lift.

This 15 year old sherry bomb has quite a reputation and even before I started writing anything about it I posted a pic of it on the Malt Maniacs Facebook page. The response was immediate and quite flattering.

But do I think this one is the stuff of legends? Well,not really.

Nose: I think I can sniff out the Oloroso Sherry cask from a mile away. It is so strong and meaty that there can be no doubt. Once the black salts fade away you are greeted with a black pepper rum and fudge cake liberally sprinkled with chopped pistachios and cardamom seeds. Oxidization brings out red wine tannins and black raisins. I think the Oloroso overpowers and doesn't let the malt speak.

Palate: Chocolate and mocha form the base of this delivery. They are then layered with black peppercorns, cinnamon and cardamom pods. Once again quite thick and chewy with the Oloroso.

Finish: Creamy long with cinnamon.

I like this whisky but I think the sherry is far too overbearing in all aspects. I would have liked to see a more measured sherry finish because I feel the base malt is quite good. But maybe that's what the people want. And I've seen enough fans to prove that.

Oh well...

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Pierre_W commented

Nice review, @tabarakRazvi, and I mostly concur with your conclusions. In my view the 15-year old is a good example of sherry influence gotten out of hand (there are people who absolutely love this, I know). While I like the chewy and chocolaty palate, I would have preferred the sherry not taking that much of center stage. I wonder what you think about the 18-year old that I find to be much more balanced.

6 years ago 0

MaltActivist commented

Hi @Pierre_W I reviewed the 18 Year Old Allardice a while ago (is that what you're referring to?) and found it a bit rough around the edges. But to be fair that was a while ago and my senses have improved since then. I might give it another visit for the sake of comparison.

6 years ago 0

Pandemonium commented

I'm not surprised by your review. But as a true Revival-believer, I'll give you a tip, to truly enjoy this whisky is to give it some air. This malt undergoes a metamorphosis like no other whisky does, while the sherry might be too predominate during the first half of the bottle, you'll discover the true complexity of this whisky during the second half.

6 years ago 0

MaltActivist commented

Thanks @Pandemonium - I will report back once the bottle is half over. Hopefully something magical will happen ;-)

6 years ago 0

Taco commented

This is wonderful whisky! I have enjoyed many bottles of it for a couple of years and have four set back. I can nose this for an hour without tasting. Surely hope they can keep the quality up.

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

I have a GD 17 year Olorosso cask that I will open this summer. Can't wait.

6 years ago 0

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