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Glendronach Peated

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Glendronach Peated

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  • Brand: GlenDronach
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 46.0%

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Glendronach Peated

Nose: Soft Smoke, Red Fruits with a white chocolate like sweetness in the background, further notes of leather and dusty cedar wood. Neat the whisky smells very crisp and clean.

Palate: Hot upfront, like a warm campfire peat is actually subtle, flavors of fruits come though, a mash of raspberry and strawberry with a dusting of sugar, slight mulled wine flavors (Clove and cinnamon) but only slight, nice sweetness of turbinado sugar and a little light honey.

Finish: Whisps of campfire smoke but its fading, sweetness caries though, fruits flavors are there but fading, finishes on flavors of malt and light caramel.

Kind of reminds me of highland park (which another reviewer also noted), a nice bottle of whisky but for GlenDronach not on the same level as some of the single casks I've had from them.

I’m a Glendronach fan, but this one sounds avoidable. Thanks for a good, honest review.


Despite being a huge GlenDronach fan I am inclined to agree with Markjedi that it is good but not great. At the same time, I do have those moments where I really crave an "in between" with light to medium smoke with some sweetness/fruit. When I first tried it in Glasgow (at The Pot Still), I kind of thought of this as "Highland Park-ish". But after buying this at home I find it a might peatier than I recall. Nonetheless, I do kind of like it. It's young and raw, but sweet and and an interesting change/difference. This has a honeyed sweetness like a Bourbon influence should be with only a very subtle sherry influence (esp. for a GD). As a Highland SM, this is pretty good. As a GlenDronach.., I'm sure the sherry bombers are not pleased. I will say try it if you like a different palate. If I had to label it.. I would say Balblair meets Talisker. You do not have to be a GD fan to like this one. In fact, non GD fans may be the one's who appreciate it the most..?


BenRiach already has quite a few peated expressions and a few years ago there was a Glenglassaugh Torfa. So it comes as no surprise that Billy Walker and his team decided to release a peated version of GlenDronach. This distillery is best known for their sherry matured whisky, but this young GlenDronach matured on bourbon casks and then got a finish on both Oloroso and PX sherry casks. The spirit was lightly peated to 25ppm.

Well, there is hardly any peat on the nose, to be honest. Surely, there is a very mild smokiness, but really very little. Less than in the Glenglassaugh Torfa, for example. I do get a lot of white fruit, mocha and sultanas and a nice helping of honey. This is all fine and good, but far from exciting.

It is nicely creamy and round and honeysweet on pastry, roasted nuts, frosties and something milky. Some nettles in the background. Some pineapple on the barbecue. Again, all fine and good.

The finish remains sweet with a bit of woodsmoke, but is rather short.

Light, sweet smoke – that is how you could describe this GlenDronach. But when I think of GlenDronach, I expect much more. Around 40 EUR.

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