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Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival Sherry Cask


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@hunggarReview by @hunggar

13th Feb 2015


Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival Sherry Cask
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Haven’t had this in a while. The Revival is known to fall victim to sulfur taint sometimes, which is what happened to my last bottle. It’s a shame, actually. I really liked it when it was popped, but a rubber flavour set in after a month and seemed to get worse with time. The whisky that I loved at first became undrinkable; I believe I killed the bottle in mixed drinks. But obviously that’s not every bottle. Time to come back to it.

Nose: Layered, with very big sherry. Raisins, figs, oranges, cinnamon, chocolate, plums, roasted pecans, leather. Serious depth here.

Palate: Creamy texture and a medium body. There’s cream, raisins, figs, dates, chocolate, cinnamon, plum, apple vinegar, and red apple skin.

Finish: Quite long and richly layered. Cream, vanilla, sherry, raisins, leather, roasted nuts, charcoal, red apple skin, fruit tobacco.

Thoughts: Not hard to see why this is so popular. GlenDronach doesn’t do superficial sherry; they go for the deep, rich, layered stuff. The richness here works nicely with its medium body and creamy profile. That being said, I prefer the likes of the Cask Strength, the Platinum, and the Octarine, but I can see why this one is basically the ‘flagship’ for the brand. A straight-forward quality sherry with good bang-for-buck, you can’t go wrong. Well… unless it’s sulfur tainted.

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Victor commented

Thanks very much, @hunggar.

This is a very interesting review to me, because I love to see the full variability in whiskies honestly discussed. I only sampled Glendronach 15 Revival once. I expected to love it based on what others had said about it, but was very disapppointed. Dirty, sulphured, bad quality sherry flavours. Sounds like I got one of those bad batches, like your first bottle. Even hearing that most batches are not like one that doesn't make it easy to buy a bottle when "off batch" has been 100% of your experience with the brand name.

9 years ago 0

Taco commented

I've had about six different bottles of this one and have enjoyed all. However there has been some variation, from about 87 to 92. The more recent ones have been the lower graded ones, so I wonder if they are having to now use the lesser quality casks as they are limited by the lack of casks from the mothballed period. It will be interesting to see how they fare when they can bottle their "new" 15's. I haven't had a "new" 12 yet and wonder how it compares to the "old" 12. Anyone able to taste both on this site?

9 years ago 0

Wineandwhiskey commented

I am sipping on a nice Glendronach 15y Revival while typing. This dram comes from the second bottle and I am glad that both bottles express the flavours you described so correctly in your review and not any sulphur at all. I hope this sulphur batch has been sold by now (I feel sorry for our whisky brothers who bought them) and we can safely enjoy this beautiful sherried whisky.

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