Review: Glendronach Revival 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

15 years; Oloroso Casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Glendronach (Forgue by Huntly, Scotland)

This whisky was the first release when GlenDronach passed on to new owners, BenRiach. It is aged exclusively in Oloroso sherry casks - it's always nice to come across whiskies that have lived their whole lives in sherry casks. Lots of love for this whisky, generally (by my whisky friends at least!). Also non-chill filtered and natural colour.

Review (2017)

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  • Bottling Date: 2016

A beautiful nose, full of cinnamon, oak, sherry, and freshly baking bread. Some of the winey notes are much like a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate leads on with dense malt loaf, sherry, and loads of cinnamon. The finish continues – very spice heavy and lots of sherry still. Slightly tart, too. The earthiness fits in brilliantly, too – quite an earthy spirit which highlights different parts of all the date and raisin notes. Very pleasant stuff. I hear very high praise for this stuff, consistently, so I’m surprised I didn’t like it more than I did – maybe it’s a dud sample.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $110.