Glendronach Revival (good name!) is the culmination of nearly a year's hard work by the distillery's new owners, who have done such a marvellous job at Benriach. This Oloroso-matured Revival has already received a whopping 92 points from the highly-esteemed Serge Valentin at Whiskyfun, who compared it to Macallan Gran Reserva! Welcome back, Glendronach!
Silver Medal Winner (The Malt Maniacs Awards 2009)
This one is the brand new version under new owners and Billy Walker’s management. 100% oloroso matured.
Nose: except for the oloroso notes, this new one simply hasn’t much to do with the old 15, but it sort of kept the best parts (balsamico, mushrooms, raisins, parsley). Much cleaner but certainly not monodimensional, beautifully sherried, developing all on walnut liqueur, beef stock, hints of Madeira at some point (rather than straight sherry), soy sauce, mint sauce, a little camphor, maraschino (very obvious after a while), horse stable, coal smoke… Very complex in fact, and pretty brilliant so far. ‘Wow’.
Mouth: big, rich, nervous and wonderfully sherried, immediately remind us of some older Macallan 18s (Gran Reservas). Coffee, chocolate, prunes, dates, beef jerky, dried bananas, figs, orange liqueurs… And a very nice rancio in the background. As for spices, we have cloves, cinnamon and just a little star anise.
Finish: rather long, with the spices getting bigger and just a faint dustiness. Fades away on blackcurrant jam.
Comments: the fact that some distilleries still have such old style sherried whiskies may well be the best of recent news from the whisky world. Adorable whisky. SGP:462 - 92 points.
Customer Reviews: (25 reviews)
Nose, sherry, sweet caramel, winter spices
Taste, sweet, toffee, spice, taste of the sherry oak. Christmasy
Finish, smooth sweet taste with lingering spice and warming feeling
This is a lovely dram. Can't argue with the price and a must buy for all sherry cask lover's. SPECIAL :-)
- Paul Bradford, Liverpool, 18th March
This has a lot of great elements to it. Sherry, touch of smoke, dark caramel, fruity, lovely oily mouth feel. There is the right amount of complexity there and the price is right.
- anonymous, 27th January
Going on recomendations from online reviewers may be foolhardy but in this case the sheer weight of opinion here tells a stroy. I can't claim that it is peerless in this price range because I haven't tried enough but its certainly the best I have tasted below fifty pounds.
- anonymous, 31st Jul '12
A fantastic whisky still one of my favourites lovely toffee notes with a warming malty growth on the palate. I still prefer this over my Glenfarclas 15. Buy it. Buy it now.
- Andy, 4th Jul '12
I have the 12 -- on a recommendation. it's so good. Now I'm really wanting to try the 15. Big or small sip - never any added waters - it is incredible.
- dickens, 3rd Jun '12
Non chill filtered. No added colouring. A gorgeous nose followed by an unforgettable taste and finish that will have your taste buds gagging for another sip. This really did satisfy my sweet tooth.
- Luke, 15th Apr '12
Quite simply the best heavily sherried whisky I have tried. Yes, Macallan, Glenfarclas and Aberlour all produce excellent stuff, but this Glendronach just edges it. Fantastic.
- Manu, 24th Jan '12
This is a stunner! Big bursts of frothy red fruit, sherry of the highest quality. Wow! A finish that echoes an eternity. Highly recommended!
- Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews, 28th Nov '11
I recently was treated to the (new green label) Glendronach 15. The nose is full with a wonderful sweet sherry. On the tongue is a luscious hot buttery toffee with a very nice caramel finish. Wonderful neat and I fear even a drop of water may disturb the wonderful texture of this amazing whisky.
- ClarkeUSMC, 27th Oct '11
I just opened a bottle of this Whisky. I bought it due to the comments on this site and I wasn't disappointed to say the least. My first dram was just superb as I love the deep sherried malts like The Balvenie Sherry Oak 17 year old and this one. I like the texture of this one, on the heavy side. I am going to buy a few more just to have around the house. I agree with the 90 rating that some of the popular whisky tasting sites have given this malt.
- anonymous, 27th Oct '11
Has a fabulous sherry cask nose that suggests a much older whisky. Some oak but loads of dark brown sugar, dried fruits, chilli, pepper and candied peel. Big flavour, rich fruit, more dried fruit notes and spice complexity. Rich golden and long. The finish is good but has just a bit of drying wood peaking through. But it can be forgiven that. Serious quality here. A stunner.
- Kevin H, 18th Oct '11
I have spent many years drinking Islay whiskies. This is my first venture into this old world. Glen Dronach has bowled me over. I do wedding photography and one of my clients just bought me a bottle as a thank you for doing a good job for them.The richness and warmth of flavour makes it feel like Christmas. I have never tried such a dark coloured whisky before, and I love it.
- Andrew McDonnell, Yorkshire, 27th Aug '11
This is an above average whisky! Mildly sweet nose with traces of toffee and chocolate, very nice. Taste is creamy and initially sweet developing into pepper with lots of heat. It then changes utterly to a persistent sourness that carries through the medium length finish and lingers quite annoyingly. Overall it's worth a punt and a touch ahead of the Caledonia 12.
- James D., 16th Aug '11
Totally gorgeous. Rich, smooth, creamy with sweey chocolatey coffee malt flavours. The best highland malt I've ever tasted.
- Two fingers, 18th Jul '11
This is superb,perfect balance,seriously good whisky,whereas other Glendronach's recently sampled have been in the cask too long and could pass as a sherry Liqueur if there is such a thing.This is now a regular on the drinking shelf.
- anonymous, 15th Mar '11
Very special - This is a sherried malt that is just perfect, full flavour but balanced - a great.
- anonymous, 12th Mar '11
I have a dram of Glendronach Revival as we speak. How can this be? Perfectly balanced, all those good characters of sherried malts are here, but those bad ones (sweetness among other things) are faded away. I'm a Islay man, but this is the best. Superb.
- Mikko, 20th Dec '10
Price quality ratio: through the roof!!!
- anonymous, 12th Dec '10
This is what sherry matured malt should be. Fruity, raisin like, dark chocolate, DRY and dusty. Actually I dislike most of sherried malts, but this is absolutely fantastic.
- Mikko, 11th Dec '10
Worth every penny! This is by far the best sherry finish I have tasted so far!This is an explosion of flavour. The sherry cask did it's work. A sweet fullflavoured whisky