Scotch Single Malt - Highland - 2014
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Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival Dec 2nd 2014
Color: dark Amber, Amber +3 One of the darkest Scotches to date
Nose: Vanilla and orange, Strong Sherry
Body: slow running, medium thickness legs. Super thick and smooth mouthfeel. Very viscous.
Palate: Vanilla first and foremost. Like vanilla ice cream... on fire. Thick on the tongue. Grassy, heather palate, with orange rind in the background. Clove and wood smoke, but not peaty. Absolutely unique and lovely. You haven't had this before.
Finish: medium length, mild burny burn and peppery finish. Citrus pulp, and mild highland bitterness.
Magnificent, and different. The Glendronach 15 year Revival, is a terrific spirit. The 15 years in Oloroso Sherry Casks has done a thorough job of taming a wild Highland distillate. The Sherry, Vanilla, Clove mantle drapes over a grass fire. I have to rate this highly. It is unlike any scotch I have ever had. I have the Glendronach 12 Year at home, and its a vanilla monster as well, but the revival is so much better. This is the sweet and sour pork of Single Malt Scotches. If I ever see it again, I am buying it, maybe two bottles. I hope it is never discontinued, and it doesn't lose the quality and duality of this 2012 bottling. I have been praying for "Revival"
3rd December 2014
I've been drinking this bottle for a while, and the flavours can go up or down, depending on temperature, mood and other contributing factors. But one thing has to be said, this is not the hugely complex malt it is cracked out to be. It can be sweet and bitter but sharp and unbalanced. In my opinion, go for the 18, or, if you can find it, the 1993 vintage 21. The main 21 yo parliament is also a good choice, but it does not stand up to the younger and cheaper 18 yo alardice.
29th November 2014
This sherry is my absolute favorite. When i started out my first single malt was a GlenGoyne 10 year old. But i quickly became keen of sherry cask aged scotch. I will strongly recommend this. It plays with a range of different flavors that change over time not just in the glass but also as the bottle empties. When you start out the notes of the Oloroso Sheery casks is very dominating and you can clearly tast the notes of dark orange and coffee. As time goes it will become more complex in its taste and notes like limegrass becomes clear especially in the nose. This is a scotch that demands time (as with most of Glen Dronach's scotchs) but it is worth the time. For this price you get quality that i have yet to taste quite like it. I can strongly recommend also looking in to the single cask bottles as well as the Allardice. However this scotch will always be my favorite and regular whisky when i feel like a dram in the evening.
12th November 2014
I really enjoy the flavor of this, my regular go to Scotch.
4th November 2014
Like some, I also experienced a slight dirty/sulphur profile initially, particularly in the finish. However, the level of whisky is now just below the top of the label and it has already improved massively. I left the bottle open to the air for 10-15 minutes after pouring a dram for the first few and it has improved no end.
The overall profile has deepened and mellowed and a drop of water helps too! I remember this as an ace and it is improving with time. Wonderful stuff and highly recommended - but does need patience.
3rd October 2014
I didn't know what to expect - I'd read the reviews and took a plunge. What an incredible delight ! The nose is slightly smoky, old wood, old farmhouse oak maybe with a vanilla, deep fruit taste with a slightly sweet and spicy after taste, it's absolutely fantastic !
8th September 2014
Out of all the Oloroso sherry cask whisky's ive tried this is my favourite. The nose and depth of taste keep me coming back, and I don't think i'll ever get tired of it.
11th August 2014
My friend and I hadn't seen each other for years, and out of the blue he messaged me on Facebook. Next thing you knew, him and his Girlfriend flew up from LA to enjoy a weekend with me and my wife in Scottsdale. The night he arrived, we drank about 3/4's of the bottle! This stuff is truly the nectar of the gods, and I'm so surprised that this distillery continues to turn out these superstars at relatively good prices for what you get. While the scotch does tend to skew towards the sweet side because of the PX casks used, I feel the depth that comes from the spirt marries together perfectly. I also get the sense that there are much older whiskies than 15 years in here as well. A true masterpiece and completely worth the price of admission.
4th July 2014
Rich and smooth - reminiscent of Terry's chocolate orange. A perfect everyday dram (albeit not during summer). A classic.
26th March 2014
Strong toffee overtures,sweet intense and very well balanced Whisky.
Already included in my top 10.
One of theses bottles will not last long,for the price excellent value.
6th March 2014
This one is for the aerator and needs time to open-up and reveal its full complexity. There was a touch of sulphur especially on the nose in my bottle. I think it is excellent value from MOM and a worthy competitor to Glenfarclas 15 or Aberlour 16. I will certainly be ordering more.
17th February 2014
No doubt, this is one of the best sherry malt whisky whitin 15yo.But not best. Alidice, 21yo, c/s, and vintage 1993 is so wonderful that you get forget the aroma of 15yo's. :)
14th February 2014
Won't disagree with you on getting a bad bottle every so often. I have purchased 20+ bottles of G15 and I have only experienced one strange tasting bottle. I guess with all whisky's you run a chance of getting a bad barrel or cork, but that's the price we pay for loving Scotch imho. I am batting 95% in satisfaction (19 out of 20) and I can live with that. One other note, G15 is being bought up pretty quickly over the last couple of years so I would imagine at some point quality and consistency levels will go down with its popularity. Cheers in hoping you don't give up and get a perfect bottle!
12th February 2014
As I said before, this whisky is not disgustingly bad by any means, but if I'm paying $90+ for a bottle, I expect it to be wholly enjoyable well before I've consumed half of it. I had a similar experience recently with HP12, first two or three drams had a slightly sulfurous, off taste, but after decanting the bottle it became something else entirely. Not so with this bottle of G15 - I decanted it and gave it a few weeks to mellow and "air out" and it still had that musty, overbearingly moldy taste to it. I admit that I may have encountered a rare corked bottle of whisky, but I must still say this: Glendronach, check your quality control.
5th February 2014
Like drinking a strong sherry. It is too sweet and not much else.
1st February 2014
To some of the new drinkers of G15, this is a very complex whisky for it's age and the first half of the bottle is very different from the second half. I would highly recommend leaving the bottle open for a bit to let it breath. Really look for a DRAMATIC change once you are at 1/2 a bottle left, it's mind blowing how good this Scotch is from 1/2 bottle to empty...you will be draining every drop at the end!
12th January 2014
After purchasing a bottle of Glendronach 12 I had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately I was disappointed. To be sure, this whisky has redeeming qualities but there is a strange, strong moldy taste in the finish of this one that just kills it for me. Would gladly have saved ~$40USD and picked up another bottle of the 12 over this. Yuck.
9th January 2014
After writing my review above (about the smokiness), I've done a little reading about this one and have given it more of a chance. what I've read is right, this dram needs just a touch of water and some time (half hour?) to settle down before it really opens up and shows what it has to offer. the smokiness I detected isn't a peat smoke but more of a charred oak type of smoke and it's light. With a new bottle, the oak characteristics are pretty intense to my palate, hence the 2 stars. With a little water and time, the oakiness and smokiness become subdued and the sweeter flavours come through more - raisins, vanilla, stewed berries with some oak spiciness. This is quite an enjoyable whisky and I'm enjoying getting to know it more. well worthy of more tha the 2 stars I gave it above.
31st December 2013
In response to the review 21st dec this single malt has always had a light plummy smoke finish. I have drunk this malt since it was first released.
23rd December 2013
I just took delivery of this today, after purchasing it from MoM and reading all the reviews above but the one above on the 18th of Dec. None of the reviews except the one above mention any smoky flavours or aromas, except the one on the 18th above (which I hadn't seen before purchasing on the 19th), and in my bottle the smokiness is there as well. Is there something different about this batch??? I'm hugely disappointed - I wasn't looking for a peated whisky at all and the smoke is definitely there, although light.
21st December 2013
This is one superb sherried whiskey. It has a great richness and light plummy smoke all this and bottled at 46% vol the perfect strength.
18th December 2013
This is sensational whisky. I have not found anything in this price range that even comes close.
14th December 2013
This is the best sherry whisky I've tasted and the best of the Glendronachs. Deep sherry, toffee, vanilla and christmas cake with an exquisite nose and sweet lingering palette. very moreish
12th December 2013
I found that I had to add a touch of water otherwise the alcohol was overpowering. In the end, it is pretty similar, but slightly better, than the Glendronach 12, in my opinion.
A quite amazing dram......Sherried oak whisky at its finest, it even tops glenfarclas 15 for me, which is some kind of statement. Hats of to Billy Walker and all at Glendronach. Tapadh Leibh!!
30th November 2013
As the title says, 100/100 to me - if you have any interest in sherry & scotch you won't find a better scotch AND value anywhere.
14th November 2013
Just bought a bottle and I always keep an open mind when drinking whisky. This is sweet from the sherry casks but not too sweet, easy to drink with a hint of chocolate but not too much from the after taste. Would I buy this again? 100% for sure. One of my top 5 whiskys of all time.
17th September 2013
Highland Park 18 has been my go to for many years. After being let down with a few recent HP18 purchases (quality seems to vary) I decided to try something new and I am very glad I was turned on to this fine single malt Scotch. Simply Amazing, especially for the price.
12th June 2013
like others above I cant add much. I love nutty/fruity/caramel scotch and this has it all. you can often get a slight sulphrous whiff when Oloroso casks are used but not here, its just pure bliss from the first nosing to the last fading of the taste and I cant wait till I finish the bottle so I can buy another - my only 10/10 (so far !!)
5th June 2013
Bought a bottle off the back of trying the Speyside tasting set! Love it!
19th May 2013
I stumbled on to this whisky. Ordinarily, I am willing to spend mo for quality and so I do. But at this price, thie value to taste ratio is stunning. Absolutely stunning. Blind-testing, I mistake this for spirits three times this one in price.
21st February 2013
I read through the other reviews and find there's nothing I can add. Now to rate it: do I consider the fact that the price to value ratio is unbelievable? Or rank it as though I just spent $400 on it (which I have done on several other whiskies)? If I consider price to value, it's 20 stars out of 10 (!!); I guess on taste alone it's *just* a perfect 10.
5th February 2013
I love everything about this single malt. well, I am personally a fan of less busy labels on bottles, but overlook that and you're in for a treat. This thing simply amazes me every time I pour myself a dram. I would have a little dram of some other stuff sometimes, before having this. and even then, after a few drams this is the one that makes me go "wow, this thing is amazing". the nose is full of sherry, nuttiness to it... then the arrival, wow, it's so full on, you get coffee, fruit, toffee... texture is great, really thick and almost chevy. Finish is long, it lingers and just sits there putting a smile on your face. I can absolutely recommend Glendronach 15 YO revival, really good stuff.
29th November 2012
We sampled this one at one of our monthly meetings and all agreed what a beautifully sherried faultless whisky, so moreish that you immediately wanted another. Definitely one of the very best.
28th September 2012
I was persuaded to purchase this by the majority of write ups above this comment. I have to say... I was impressed! By far, the deepest, darkest speyside I have seen thus far at such an early age. The sherry notes are certainly there, however, this never puts me off as I love sherry notes. Strong in its own right, the finish lingers... for a while...
I was persuaded to buy, so should you! It should not disappoint if you like your sherry drams! Good value for money too! BUY IT! :-P
25th September 2012
Hmmm. Not so sure. I bought this after drinking the Glenfarclas 15 and reading a review on the page stating that this was better. It doesn't have that sherry hit that the Glenfarclas has for me. Don't get me wrong, it is a sweet dram, but not the explosion in the mouth sherry sweetness I love from the Glenfarclass. Maybe I shouldn't be comparing the two, but they are similar malts. It's nowhere near as sweet, in fact a little bitter on the finish. Still a nice dram though, just not what I was hoping for.
22nd August 2012
Very characteristic and rich Speyside profile. I doubt if you can get more Speyside flavours and quality for that price. (Though, as far as I remember, Glendronach distillery is actually placed in Highlands.)
7th August 2012
The last time I tasted a Glendronach was about 20 years ago. WIth that terrible experience I am still biased. The reviews for this one caught my attention and I tried the Revival. This was a big surprise, since the destillery has evolved considerably producing this fine whisky. They still have to find their way into the top whiskies. The nutty and fruity flavor was very interesting. Though I would buy a Dalmore for the nutty flavor and I am not a nutty person.
31st July 2012
A lovely sherried whisky from Glendronach. Wonderful aromas of toffee with an underlying citrus hint. Buttered popcorn on the palate alongside the sherry and brown sugar. a 92/100 for me. Will be buying another bottle soon!
15th July 2012
This whisky is a perfect 10 in my opinion. One of the richest, most delicious whiskies I've had, and definitely the best sherried malt. Every time I try it it reaveals lots of new layers of complexity.
22nd June 2012
This is a superb sherryed whisky. Allow it to breathe 10-15 min, with the preferred amount of water to optimise the experience. Chocolate-toffee, some fruitiness i can't quite put my finger on yet, and lovely cinnamon. Long and lingering finish. At the moment I consider this the best whisky in my collection, can't wait to try Allardice...
26th January 2012
I have been trying to expand my tastes in whisky recently and have just been given a bottle of this for christmas. Straight out of the bottle wonderful aromas of toffee, chocolate and mixed spices hit you. In the glass I add a teaspoon of water as this releas es another gorgeous mix of fragrant caramel, spices anx boiled sweets. I've gone through 3/4 of the bottle since xmas day! Definitely one of the best whiskies I have tried
28th December 2011
Full sherry nose, hot buttery toffee fills the mouth with a sweet caramel finish. Drink neat as water will dilute the wonderful texture of this delicious whisky.
27th October 2011
Almost like a dark black forest fruit cake. One of the best sherry whiskys you can get.
17th September 2011
The best standard expression of the Glendronach range in my opinion. A heavily sherryed supremely good whisky. Amongst the best sherry whiskys I've had the pleasure of trying.
12th August 2011