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The GlenDronach 12 Year Old

(70cl, 43.0%)
(44 Reviews)

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old
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GlenDronach 12 Bottling Note

A 12 year old from the Highlands distillery, GlenDronach, a very heavily sherried single malt.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Rich cereals, struck match, raisin, cinnamon, caramelised sugar. Opens with some sweeter PX and lots of delicious raw ginger before becoming creamier with hazelnuts.

Palate: Fruits, peels, buttery. Pain au chocolat, a little marmalade on toast before becoming firmer and nuttier with spiced raisins.

Finish: Smoky toffee and nut brittle.

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User Reviews of the GlenDronach 12 Year Old

Let it breath

First dram from the bottle is a cherry bomb. Almost too simple. Give it time as you finish the bottle and more complex flavors should reveal themselves. I wasn't sure if I'd like it at first but as I took a few months to finish the bottle I became a fan.

29th August 2016

Let it breath

When I first opened it I was Bombed with stewed fruits. Very sherried. However I let the bottle sit for a few months before I finished it. I definitely enjoyed it more near the end. Maybe my palate adjusted but I was able to detect more complex flavors. Definitely going to try another bottle.

29th August 2016

Now really 12 years old.

The taste of this whisky has changed. Remember that Glendronach mothballed its distillery from 1996-2002. The post-2014 bottlings truly are 12 year old whiskies. If you bought this Glendronach 12 bottled in 2013, you were getting a 17 year old whisky as the whisky was distilled and casked in 1996. Those who enjoyed the amazing Glendronach 12 from 2010-2013 were getting a whisky older than the stated age. That is no longer the case.

It is still a great 12 year old whisky. It's just not the value that it once was.

24th May 2016

Wonderful stuff

To the comment below mine- it could be the oxidation process inside an open bottle.
Either way, this is marvelous bang for your buck if you favor a whisky that tastes not unlike a good Kompot.

8th May 2016

Used to be better

I used to like this a lot. But I don't know if my taste changed or whether this whisky got a lot less good. As it stands I would not recommend it.

5th May 2016

Better then it's price point implies..

Surprising amount of heat, sherry sits back in my opinion. theres sweetness but it's balance, great price point and good entry level dram. A good Whiskey, I prefer the Benriach Sherry cask 12 or 15 year, which is a tiny bit more expensive but this is still a good quality drop.

28th April 2016

Excellent and underrated

This is an excellent sherried scotch and one of the best values in the 12 year range. Not as good as the 15-year-old revival but pretty close. In my opinion, it blows away the Macallan 12 and even rivals the Mac 18 Sherry oak.

19th April 2016

Fairly Good

They haven't had time to build up their reputation. I also suspect their whisky might not get as much critical acclaim because it is very heavily sherried and for one thing that segment is overcrowded if there ever was one, for another judges tend to subtract points if the whisky takes over too much of the qualities of the wine, sherry, bourbon or whatever resided in the cask before. But to the point, what I found most remarkable in this dram is that the nose displays a scent very much reminiscent of a well sorted vine cellar. That amalgamation of noble rot, maturing wine and a slight dampness. It's definitely there. To the taste it is fruity and you could be forgiven to think it had a wine finish instead of sherry. Nevertheless it is very enjoyable and a huge bargain if you ask me.

6th March 2016

Fairly good

I've bought the miniature set after my distillery visit and have done a vertical tasting of 12YO Original, 15YO Revival, 18YO Allardice, 21YO Parliament. If you taste them one after the other you would actually be inclined to rate the 12YO slightly lower, because the older expressions are truly, genuinely excellent and the youngest one pales a bit in comparison. But then you have to remember this is an almost entry level expression and very reasonably priced. To be perfectly honest I can't fathom, how Glendronach could be this cheap and low profile, as it is easily up there with the likes of Dalmore, Glenmorangie, dare I say close to Macallan as well. I only have the following two guesses: perhaps because the distillery has reopened a few years ago, they haven't had time

6th March 2016


Orange peel, rum and cherries on the nose and tongue. Some heat and rum raisin trail this pleasant single malt scotch whisky. Throughout, the oloroso sherry is talking to ya! Wonderful!

23rd February 2016


I had this in the Whiskey Christmas Advent and really enjoyed it. I, being a Sherry finish fan, am sure to add this to my personal bar.

13th January 2016


I can't speak for the newest (2015) bottling, but the 2014 examples (I bought a second bottle before I even finished the first) were simply fantastic. This is a true sherry-bomb and, in my opinion, is superior to my benchmark Mac 12. The nose is simply incredible; dark sherry with a background of late fall fireside smoke, caramel and walnuts. The body is full of sherry fruit and oaky vanilla, with a hint of honey and smoke. The finish is candied sweets, toffee and a bit more smoke right at the end of the finish. Seriously fabulous stuff for a nosing glass and an hour of sipping per dram; tastes like every good holiday memory you've ever had.

30th December 2015

Say Hello Ethanol

I have had this whisky before, and I have liked it. For whatever reason the dram I received was virtually straight ethanol. No matter how hard I tried to like it, it burned its way in.

The scent of vanilla grew as it opened up, and I added a little water. When sipped it hinted at some fruit, but mostly it just burned. I added water and more fruit came out, but even after waiting an hour, it still simply burned.

Absolutely no cream, spice, or butter to this, just raw alcohol.

Disappointing. I always have wondered if the top of a bottle may taste different sometimes, and I would be willing to give this one a go again, but not on my dollar. I have been told that this grows on you with time, and I'm open to that, but maybe some other time.

Final Note: I am doing the 2015 advent calendar. As a result, I get one drink at it to decide if I like it enough to buy more. Sometimes I need to drink something three or four times to make up my mind. Thus, my rating is based on a one-time drink experience.

15th December 2015

My favorite sherried malt

I've really come to love this stuff. Agree with one of the earlier reviews of it needing some time. First 1/3 or more of the bottle it was just ok, a bit congested but after that it has opened up very nicely. Brown sugar/toffee sweetness but not overly so, nutty, some red fruits,...raspberry, dried fruits,..raisin, prune, white pepper and wood spice. Cherry coke and a touch of chocolate in the finish!

9th December 2015

Beautiful malt

Full bodied cherried malt with tones of brown sugar and oak wood. Lovely stuff!

6th December 2015

glendronach 12y

fantastic Sherry price/quality

23rd November 2015

Aspartame my erse!

Fit'in the hell are youse gowks on aboot aspartame for, you widna ken yer erse fae yer elbow whaur whisky's concerned..

20th November 2015

Cloying, aspartame,

Not sure where to begin on this scotch, nose is what you would expect from a sherried single malt. However the first sip is where it went downhill very fast, cloying sweetness with the overwhelming taste of aspartame hits you and sticks in your mouth. I even had trouble wanting to swallow it to be honest. you get a tiny hit of caramel and a slight toffee..ish taste but boy the fake sweetener kills it totally. finish was very bland and short, a massive let down for me as I had been wanting to try this for some time. guys for the money you can pay maybe $5 to $10 more and get a much better scotch, needless to say I will go back to my Doublewood, or Aberlour 12 or shucks even my mac 12. hell even a sip on some J&B would blow this out the water. Awful just awful

14th November 2015

"Artificial sweetener" finish ruins it...

Wauw, this is the first time that I can't praise a product from Glendronach. The nose is okay, pretty linear though. The initial impression on the palate is quite alright and goes down with ease.. but after swallowing/finish... horrible.. paramounting taste of artificial sweetener (not saying that's whats in it)totally ruins the dram.. a sickening sweetness.. could'nt finish my glass.

30th October 2015

Very Nice

A very nice whisky. Caramel and toffee, a little maple syrup. Very heavily sherried. I almost never use water, but this one needs a dash to settle it some. The price is certainly right. But...for nearly the same price I would choose Highland Park 12 any day. Still, a good dram.

28th August 2015

Good Body

2015 bottling...Extraordinarily balanced. I've a preference for older single malts, but this 12 year old truly realizes the potential of its class. Heavily sherried, yet the lovely imparts of P.X. and oloroso casks do not drown out the very high quality of this single malt. Attention to detail is evident. Well refined, and full of character at 43%, this is one for the connoisseurs.

22nd May 2015

A Great Staple

This isn't a bottle you reach for on a special occaision. This is the bottle you reach for on week nights when you just want something nice to sip while watching Netflix. It's a great expression of the style for a very good price. I think you'll find it disappears pretty damned quickly.

12th March 2015

This One Needs Time

Overall a reasonably complex and finely sherried single malt - but this one needs some time to "air out" and breathe a bit. The first few glasses from my current bottle seemed a bit harsher than some of the GlenDronach whiskies I've had in past years. The finish initially had a rather unpleasant smoke character, akin to sucking on a charcoal briquette. After drinking the bottle down to the top of the label and letting it rest for a week or so, the charcoal aftertaste noticeably diminishes and the real character of this whisky really shines through with its fruity/sherry flavors. If you like sherried whisky, give this one a try.

20th January 2015

I'm on the fence

it's okay! I don't think its exceptional nor I do think it is that smooth. The finish was a bit rough. would I serve it to guests? Sure. But I don't think it would get 5 stars. In fact, I might just have talked myself into going to the ABC store and getting some Glenfiddich 12 😜

15th January 2015

Great start, terrible finish

This is smooth and gentle scotch, the kind that non scotch drinkers can enjoy. You can definitely taste sherry/wine and smell it. However, for me, after drinking, the most important part of a scotch is what i get when I breathe out my nose. This scotch smells like a wet dish cloth. I enjoy the initial flavor but the after taste/smell is such that I can't drink Glendronach 12. FYI, My Favorite scotches Glenmorangie 18, Glengoyne 15, Highland park any, Ardbeg Auriverdes, Laguvulin 16, Bowmore 18

19th December 2014

Not bad at all

Very nice whisky if you are on the sweet side, sherry infused with a smooth sweet and sour fruity taste. I didn't pick up any chocolate and hazelnuts like described above but I'm just a novice. Definitely a sweet toffee lingering finish. Worth the money!

18th November 2014

A great single malt

Wifey picked it up for me. She's got good taste and so does this scotch. Smooth

14th November 2014

17 year old?

Someone told me that due to the distillery closing from 96 til 2002 all the whisky that is marked 12 year old is actually 17 or 18 year old as none was produced til march spril 2002. So by that logic this is a v good value 18 year old if bottled in jan 2014. Its a nice story anyway and a lovely drop!!

21st October 2014

Best 12 Yr GENERALLY speaking

I am personally a fan of the peaty smokey stuff, but sometimes I love a smooth dram. I have purchased this as a gift. We cracked it open at a friend's house and tried it out. He runs into the dining room brings out a new decanter with a little Balvenie 17 in it, pours us two good size drams and says this is going into the decanter. Brought another bottle to a bachelor party and everyone (including the non-scotch fans) commented about how smooth it is. If there is a perfect daily dram, especially with a nice Italian meal, this is it. And it ~55$US, you can't beat it. I highly recommend it to rookies, sophomores and veterans of single malts.

11th August 2014


No peat what so ever.....Almost sweet/syrupy.
If it were wine I say it was corked.
Very disappointing.
I'm going back to Oban & Dalwhinney. Even Singleton.

1st August 2014

Quality and Value

My favourite whisky so far. Absolutely wonderful. This is why I like whisky.
Great quality for a good prize = I will surely buy another bottle.
I can't wait to try the 15yo.

23rd July 2014

Needs to breathe

The first couple of glasses were a little rough around the edges, with clear notes of maple syrup. As the whisky has mellowed since I opened it a few months ago, the sweetness has become more powerful with strong brown sugar notes on the nose, transitioning to a much crisper syrupy body. Definitely hits the sweet tooth.

11th May 2014

An absolute gem

In a perfect world this expression is what every scotch single malt should be like. This release is WHY I drink whisky.

27th April 2014


Plain and simple comment here. Great, sweet, smooth, Sherry infused whiskey. Tastes very nice. Great for the collection, and wonderful for new whiskey lovers. Enjoy my friends :)

18th April 2014

Well rounded

I taste a bit of peat hidden somewhere mixed with in the fruit flavors. Not too sweet, good length finish, nice grainy bite.

11th April 2014


A wonderful Sherry malt. Super sweet, very rich. If you want to suggest glenlivet 12 or the Glenfiddich, consider suggestion this one. A great intro scotch, and a great light, rich dram.

5th April 2014

Quite nice

Very drinkable sherried dram; go for the GelnDronach 15 year which is much more intense

28th February 2014


It has been a long time since I had a GlenDronach, last time in 75cl bottle, and it is just as delightful as I remembered. Definitely going to order some more.

3rd February 2014

Great Performer

I love this Sherried Speysider. I have yet to taste a better 12 year-old of this style. IMO better than Aberlour 12 and Macallan Gold. It's just a pity that MOM have added an extra £5 to the price since I last bought it.

19th December 2013

New Favourite

After being a long-time fan of Macallan, but sorely disappointed with the last few bottles of their Sherried offerings I've had, I decided it was time for a change. Tried a dram of this and ordered two bottles. Looking forward to a bit over fire-side sipping over Christmas!

29th November 2013

One of the best scotch whiskeys around

Whilst not going to threaten the whiskey podium... this is a lovely lovely whiskey. A fan of sherried and port finishes... this is one of the better ones. Jason Breen

1st November 2013


A go to Scotch for me. Nice value for the buck. Heavy Sherry with a raisiny...Christmas pudding thing going on.Some toffee and spice with a medium long finish. No peat...yeah. A touch better than the Macallan 12 for me.

25th September 2013


Nice stuff....definate must have

16th September 2013

Beautiful stuff.........

Medium to heavy sherry influence. Nutty and christmas cake taste. Touch of chocolate and peat. Awesome stuff and a must have. Love it to the MAX.

13th September 2013

Read the reviews now I have a bottle :)

I agree with all the comments. This is a good whisky to drink, sweet but not too sweet, nice after taste too. Would I buy another bottle? Yes

30th August 2013

Get the 15 year old Revival

I bought the 12 and 15 Revival. I would suggest the 15 Revival for a few more $.

12th June 2013

Yummy stuff

A great choice for an everyday sipper for the Sherry Scotch fan. Awesome fruity nose, big flavor and lasting finish. 3 and a half stars, maybe 4.

6th February 2013


Quality stuff for fans of sherry monster Scotch fans. Big interesting nose and a full creamy mouthfeel. I will have one in the cabinet at all times when the mood strikes.

6th February 2013

Real nice treat

Enjoyed it very much! Great sherried whisky with a little punch. A nice desert...

27th January 2013

Very good

At the moment number one for me!

19th November 2012

First foray into single malts...

This is beautiful - the sherry leaves a lovely aftertaste and makes you want ot get stuck into this amazing world of single malts even more!

1st October 2012

Juicy joy of sipping

Very drinkable, quite complex nose with lots of well integrated sherry, great palate giving a juicy sensation (a bit like Highland Park) with satysfying finish. With a great quality for value I really recommend this dram.

28th September 2010

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