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The GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice

(70cl, 46%)

The GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice

GlenDronach Allardice Bottling Note

The GlenDronach 18 year old Allardice is named after the distillery’s founder, James Allardice. The Highlander was matured completely in Oloroso sherry casks, and was originally released in 2009 following the distillery changing hands back in 2008. An exceptional fruity sherried single malt.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Sherry notes so thick you need a knife to cut them! There's a hint of old rum in there too, with pineapple and brown sugar in tow.

Palate: Christmas cake, rum again, chocolate-coated hazelnut, runny honey and a hint of Sauternes.

Finish: Fresh blackcurrant, blueberry pancakes with a generous helping of maple syrup.

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GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice Reviews

My favourite whisky

Spent a lot of 2020 trying different whiskies, and Glendronach Allardice is the one I keep coming back to. While other whiskies have a time and a place (based on day, weather, locale etc), this Glendronach 18 y/o is one I can sup daily.

There's an autumnal/wintry cosiness to this whisky. I have anosmia (I can smell a little, but not a lot) and maybe that certainly affects the smell of whisky, and even taste. I need rich smell and taste. Full flavours. Something that makes my olfactory sense wake up. Whisky does it, and this Glendronach is a sweet, marzipan sherry dream on the nose, and a christmas cake in the mouth, and a warming, fireside finish. Sense of place is a major aspect of how I rate whisky. Full, is a good way to describe it. Fruity and sweet. It's an ideal dram (for me).

Even at +£100, I'll buy a new bottle once my current one is done (likely very soon).

1st November 2020

Excellent single malt

My staff asked my daughter what I would like as a present for retirement. She says single malt 16 years or older. They got me a bottle of GlenDronach 18 yr. I have been mostly an Islay malt partaker for 25 years. But my first dram of your 18 yr old, WOW! Well done. Lagavulin 16 move over. Also love the color.

5th September 2020

Great Scotch coming from a Scotch hater

Never liked Scotch/Whiskey. Never understood what other people were tasting. It's always been just a burning bitter drink to me luckily a bartender friend of mine convinced me to try this. Is was free so why not?
First, this is by far more tempered than any other Scotch/Whiskey then I've ever had. Oh it still burns, don't get me wrong. But it mellows very fast.
Second, after the initial burn you really can taste all the different things that people usually claim they can taste. It was amazing
Third, the price is prohibited. Here in California S.F Bay Area it's about $170 before taxes if you can find it. I realize most people don't have that kind of disposable income for alcohol, especially now. But if you can afford it, get it.
Third, it keeps selling out and is not getting restocked. I've been waiting since January to buy a bottle. It's now July 22 and I was finally able to find a bottle.
Fourth, please try this if you can afford it and are looking for a great Scotch Whiskey for your home bar. Made to be savored and sipped. It's not for slamming down. If you can make a way to afford it, this stuff is great.

23rd July 2020

Not longer value for money

I really love this whisky, its a wonderful sherried dram. But I have to agree with the previous poster - every year the price creeps up about £10. Only last year I bought the 21 yo Parliament for less than this one at its current price. Its a great whisky, but no longer worth the price. It is with great regret that I won't be buying another bottle. There are other whiskies out there significantly cheaper and almost as good quality.

30th June 2020

price hikes?

this is one of my top 3 malts, but with the unfeasible price rises seemingly every few months, i won't be buying any more soon as i dont like to feel im being ripped off. The day is coming when the malt whisky price hike bubble bursts, and post covid it may be here sooner than you think, so yes, this is a superb dram, but for the price they are asking i can get 2 bottles of superb drams for the same money.

28th April 2020

Yes please!!!

Maybe I don't get the subtly of some of whisky but my god you cannot fail to taste the rum and the sherry in this. When trying some samplers I wanted to be wowed. Many in the box, of my own selection, were just decent - this made me take notice.

This was the sort of whisky I was hoping to discover in a sampler set.

Beautiful dark colouring, oily/syrup finish and a decent amount of marzipan, raisins, sherry and a bit of rum too. Taste lingers too. Very enjoyable.

Immediately on my wishlist.

14th April 2020

Quite tasty and interesting.

I have 3 bottles of the 2017 filling. Just got the last two a month ago. I also bought a bottle of the Parliment with the first order and found out quickly that I much prefer the Allardice to it. On the palate is orange, honey, walnuts, dark chocolate, dark berries, and for me, lots of maple syrup at the end, unmistakable. It had a great slightly oily finish, some of those dark berries again, orange/chocolate, and as the review said pancakes with gone of maple syrup. Every time I sit and dip it something new trades my senses, but these notes are there every time. I truly enjoy this one.

4th April 2020


Wow, this stuff is so good. Brilliant and and well finished dram. Heavy sherry, brown sugar and blackcurrants I'm getting. Defo buying a bottle next

3rd April 2020


A phenomenal whisky and, for me, one of the best I have ever had, even eclipsing the parliament which is wonderful in its own right.

The nose is rich and complex, and you know from that first waft that you're going to be drinking something wonderful.
The palate is exceptional, a true Sherry bomb with all sorts of fruity, Sherry influences as well as a few other subtle surprises.
The finish...the sublime. It's goes on and on and on.
Mouth feel is oily, rich, and luxurious.

In my opinion a faultless whisky that will please anyone who enjoys a whisky with any sort of Sherry influence. You should try it at least once if you can.

6th November 2019

Eh, I'm back ... yes.

It's back again, but at a new higher price !?

15th September 2019


Is this juice discontinued from being released on the market or will it be back soon?

7th June 2019

Superb Sherry Bomb

From the bottle- rum raisin aroma!
Nose- rum, slight grassy notes.
Flavors explode on the palate-
Raisin, sherry cask, a velvety mouthfeel (much oiliness), really well-balanced flavors.
A long, malty, plummy, sherry cask finish.
After a few drops of water- cereal & sherry on nose, heavy sherry on palate. Sweetens up with the water.

14th February 2019


Hello there,

Thank you for your inquiry!

Unfortunately none of our suppliers for Glendronach have this product in stock so it doesn't look like it will come back :(

Please let me know if there's anything else I can do for you -

Kind regards,
Master of Malt Customer Service

11th January 2019


I see sold out, will MoM get it back in stock?

10th January 2019

Great whisky !

Reading all the positive reviews, I had very high expectation on this whisky and I am not desappointed ! The best unpeated whisky I ever had. Very sweet, oily fruitiness, long finish, warm... So drinkable ! An endless pleasure.

25th December 2018

Be patient with this one

I opened this bottle and thought it's not all that but came back to it a few days later and it has improved a lot since opening. I love it.

25th December 2018


The best one i ever had

6th November 2018

Top stuff

I have a batch of January 2018 bottle opened for about a month. Comeback to it just yesterday. I was absolutely satisfied, almost overwhelmed by it. Its a masterful dram. I think if you are a sherry head this simply might be it ( for the price anyway). I also had the yamazaki 18 couple of years ago and I must say, yesterday it really reminded me of it a lot. The richness and depth without any burn at 46% abv is hard to beat. But I think this is actually better than yamazaki 18 or at least the same. You will know you drinking something special when you drink it and that's it. My all time favorite

9th October 2018


Well first of all I don't know who is selling this for less than $170 because the distributor to retailer price is about $153. Usually anything over $90 retail is above my pay grade but I splurged due to the reviews and I can say this is certainly worth it. The color is darker than any other whisky I can remember seeing, the finish is long and smooth, the sherry notes are balances and not overwhelming like MacAllan 12. This is what I imagine heads of state and royal families would drink, complex bouquet of flavors as other reviews mentioned, if you're looking to drop $200 or so on a whisky this should be at the top of your list. 5 stars

27th September 2018


It's amazeballs, served with awesomesauce. Is this the botteling of 2017? Anyone know anything like this (price wise also) ?

18th September 2018

Rich, excellently aged

Rich, excellently aged, rounded character. Thick sherry aroma carries through well onto the tongue. Finish is extremely smooth, subsiding possibly too soon.

27th April 2018

A well rounded 18 Year Old

This is a truly wonderful sherry whisky, with notes of Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Icing Sugar, Pecans and a hint of lemon on the nose and a huge oily mouthfeel with Orange zest, Dark Chocolate, Red Wine and I have to agree with the thick blueberry note from MoM a rather fantastic whisky especially considering how much you would have to pay for Macallans 18 YO. This, in my opinion, is superior.

23rd April 2018


Simply stunning. I was an instant fan of this one and haven't looked back.

21st April 2018

Jury is Out- for a good while.

Really wanted to love this one, with the excellent reviews and glowing recommendations! However, there are a few sub par reviews, all suggesting sickly-sweet cherryness. I feel I have ended up with either a poor batch, or bad bottling. Was expecting heavily sherried notes and massive complexity, but only managed incredible sweetness, and an abrupt sour spice, with next to no finish. Also quickly anestesised the toungue. Tried opening it out with a few drops, slight improvement. At this price point I won’t something to blow me away, this- sadly didn’t. Enjoyable on a ‘May aswell’ basis, but found (earlier) Aberlour Abunadh batches to be more complex and morish. Honestly hope I had a poor batch, but for this price will I come back for more?

28th March 2018

Just incredible for the price

I love it, and the 21 yo, I think, is more better

22nd March 2018

Like an XO Cognac

Did not really know what I would get, this was one of 5 different whiskies I had on my wish list based on lots of reading. I was blown away. The best way to describe the experience: like an old XO Cognac. Rich and Tasty. Perfect for after dinner. This is really good stuff !!
Evis H.

16th March 2018

A favourite

This is one of my favourites. Yes - sherried indeed. Yes - sweet. Love the spice and the long finish.

16th February 2018

Wow and hope not to be disappointed in the future.

This whiskey for me just has everything. Maybe I got lucky with this bottle but will be buying more to check. Was bought by my son as a Xmas present and for me it is exceptional. Not a fan of the overly smoky whiskies but this just has a perfect balance of depth, sweetness and flavour.

18th January 2018


If someone who's passion usually is something peated from Islay wants a decent change, this one is absolute nurture. A huge bonfire will be replaced to chimney (size of a small house), hiker boots to slippers and raincoat to housecoat. Just sit back and relax. Take your time...

9th January 2018



26th December 2017

Top stuff!!


18th December 2017

Some folks just dont get it...

Mr massive dissapointment Mike W. You are maaassively uneducated if you are comparing a peated laphroaig to a sherried scotch.. and claiming a glenfiddich 15 is better... hahaha
More for us more educated/experienced drinker :)

15th December 2017

Sleeper hit of Sherried Scotch

Absolutely incredible single malt and the color of this whisky is immense for its age.

13th December 2017

Massive disappointment

I recently got this in my Xmas advent calendar. I was very excited to drink it because of the reviews below and how much I enjoyed the Laphraiog PX cask recently. I have to say I was very disappointed. Yes it could get the similarities to sherry but I dont think it offered much else. I tried the PX cask straight after and it blew it out of the water for me. A bad sample? not sure but considering the Glendronach 21 was top of my wish list I am now having serious doubts. Others I have had in the calendar, Glenfiddich 15yr solera and Jura elixir were better for a lower price for me.

Mike W

6th December 2017

A curate's egg?

I've had two bottles both purchased in Scotland. The first was as described by the 5star ratings, as an occasional whiskey drinker the only whiskey i've tried that is better was a Springbank 21 about 20 years ago. Praise indeed.
However the second bottle was a huge disappointment, it still had the long finish but everything else was wrong. Just tasted like caramel in spirit. So this fits with the sub par comments.
So maybe a bad batch out there, curiously the first shop offered me a taster before choosing.
Still the good news is that if you've been disappointed there's a good chance the next bottle will impress.
Could be worth a taste first.

23rd November 2017

An essential and excellent addition to a scotch lover's array of choices!

Excellent...I was introduced to the 15 in Edinburgh and was very disappointed to be informed it was no longer to be offered. Then, by chance, I came across this in my searching. A superior whisky and a must have to my bar bar!

15th November 2017

Master piece

Absolutely stunning. Dark fruits and an explosion of sherry and chocolate. What a master piece

19th October 2017


What a surprise. This replaces yamazaki 18 with nothing lost on quality and less then half the price.
Please, don't buy this.

21st September 2017

I want more

Lovely smooth, toffee tasting whisky but with some subtle complexity

13th September 2017

Sherry Bomb

It takes some time to open up. Once you let it sit for 20 minutes or so,it is the best sherry bomb I have had. I have the 21 but have not opened it yet.

8th August 2017


not really for me....

21st May 2017


An affordable 18 year old that holds its own against any I have ever tried.

13th May 2017

One of the best compo of sherry and peat.

Sherry tripping whisky

20th March 2017

Right up there with the best sherry whiskies

Wow what a great drop. I love sherry whiskies. This one is a must have for like minded dramlovers. Not filtered to death and at 46% an honest whisky with a lovely looooong finish.

23rd February 2017

Im in love

Great sherried scotch!

17th February 2017

My new Glenfarclas 15

Awesome dram!. Beautiful, juicy, sherry bomb. Better than Aberlour A'bunadah, Benriach 17 sherry and Glenfarclas 15.

7th February 2017

Raisins, Licorice, Sherry!

I'm still "new" to whisky, but after tasting the 16 year old platinum at a friends place, I could not help but want to explore Glendronach. The 18 year old is really a lovely smooth whisky, and reminds me of licorice and raisins. Very smooth with a long finish that lingers in your mouth!

23rd January 2017

Smooth & fine. An Olorosonsherry cask treat.

I love three brands in Whisky - Macallan, Glenfarclas & Glenfarclas.
Glendronach is the unsung hero of sherry cask whiskies. Their 1995 PX 20 years single cask is one of the best whiskies I have tasted in my entire life. Amazing whisky.

25th November 2016

love it

The 15yo revival has been my favourite Scotch for some time, and how disappointed I am that sourcing a bottle now (if you can find one) costs a min of £90+, with some people advertising at £150. I wont pay these ripoff merchants even when they try play the old 'supply and demand' trick, however I recently bought a bottle of Allardice and have to say its pretty close. There's all the tastes in there of the 15, so at least I can now while away the hours nosing Christmas all year round !!. - I just hope Glendronach don't run out of this too and expect us to wait a few years till they make some more lol.

7th October 2016

w0w what dram

Heard about this whisky got two bottles and what a lovely whisky

6th October 2016

Glendronach 18

Simply awesome . . . .5*****

16th September 2016

Sherry BOMB!

This is one of my favorites. I just tasted this back to back with the Revival 15, and I can't decide which is better. They are both top-shelf whiskies. The Revival is more balanced with a hint of spiciness whereas the Allardice 18 overpowers my mouth with intense sweet mature fruit, toffee and sherry flavor with a deeper and longer finish. I have a 2015 bottling which makes my whisky a 20 year old. Yummy!

People complaining that this is too sweet? What are you thinking??? This is a sherry bomb, and Glendronach and other reviewers have made this clear. If you hate sweet whiskies stop buying sherry monsters!

7th June 2016

great stuff, great value

Nose: nice and smoky, toffee
Palate: Very rich and smooth. A nice smoke, but not too much and it doesn't last too long.
Probably the best tasting set.

28th May 2016

A Dream in a bottle..

Im on the last drops on my first bottle and im ordering another one. This is an absolutely wonderful whiskey on the sweeter side.

22nd May 2016

So good I've just bought another ....

FULL of deep, rich deliciousness. Better than various other much bigger-name whiskies out there. Sublime whisky from a great distillery.

13th April 2016

Leave it for me.

You shouldn't drink this. Really, you won't like. Best if you find some other stuff to drink, like a no age statement Macallan. Go on, take my advice. That way all the Allardice in the world will be left over for me to drink. I have over 80 whiskies in my "cabinet" but lately, somehow I never seem to get round to any of the others. Every time I reach for that Sringbank 15 bottle, or that 23 years old Incmurrin or my old favourite Glenlivet Nàdurra Triumph, something makes my arm swing to the other shelf and before I know it, I'm smiling as another little sunburst of sherried maltiness sends waves of pleasure washing over my taste buds. Don't buy, really, please.

7th March 2016

Rich and gentle

Very good

29th December 2015

Brilliant drop

15 is good but 18 trumps

18th December 2015

Quite good - buy the 15y instead

I like it. A very well made sherried whisky with no flaws. A smooth texture feel and a full-bodied whisky. Not as complex (and therefore not as enjoyable for me) as the 15y though. I would not say its not worth the money, but the next time I have to choose, I'll go for the 15y.

30th October 2015


I find myself agreeing with the earlier sub-par reviews. Too sweet. Definitely smooth, but who cares. I rarely wake up with a hangover after decent scotch, but with this one I feel disgusting the next day and can't get that fermented mushroom-cherry jolly rancher taste out of my mouth. I'm usually a giver of second chances, but this is pricey here in MI, so we'll see.

21st April 2015

The 15 is better

This one is nice but I dont think it is as good as the 15 ESPECIALLY with the added cost of the 18

10th February 2015

Something very wrong

Hey chaps a master of malt, I bought a bottle of this from you not long ago, and have had a few drams. My previous bottle was a wonderful whisky. However, this one is just horrible. Gone are the notes of fruit and sherry, replaced by sickly sweet flavours that just make me feel ill. I don't know what's the problem with this bottle, but I'm not sure I'd be buying this one again.

5th January 2015


This is a stunning whisky, I'm a great favourite of the 15 year old revival, but this gem of a whisky is up there with anything I"ve ever tasted! Sublimely smooth with a finish that just goes on and on, just brilliant!

11th November 2014

Hidden Gem

Simply amazing bang for buck ratio. Totally blew me away from the first sip. Better experience than Highland Park 18 for half the price. If you are into sherried whiskies, this is a must!

5th June 2014

All 18 years in sherry casks

One of my favorite single malt Scotches. If you've only ever had a whisky "finished" in a sherry cask, this is a much different experience. Glendronach 18-year old spends the entire time in sherry casks and the the nose, palate, and finish are all a great balance of malt and sherry. Every day is special when you have a dram of G18.

17th July 2013


This word must be the most over-used, trite, dull and totally uninspiring way of describing a whisky. I see it on almost every review. x

20th June 2013

Smooth, smooth, smooth!

Delicate flavours, smooth - have I said that already? - an exceptionally fine dram.

13th June 2013

Really Tasty

A wonderful and pleasureable tasting experience. Recommend this to everyone and this malt is set to become a star

13th May 2013

Really Tasty

A wonderful and pleasureable tasting experience. Recommend this to everyone and this malt is set to become a star

12th May 2013

Simply one of the best

Amazing stuff!

9th March 2013

A slight disappoinment

Maybe the weakest malt of the Glendronach range. Very fruity, but not much complexity. 15 yo Revival has a lot more to offer.

28th January 2013


This Glendronach is one of my favorites dram. Buy it now!

15th August 2012

I expected more

...after a very enjoyable 15 y.o. Revival. But in the present case we have just a solid Higland whisky with a distinctive Speyside profile. No more, no less.

9th August 2012

not good like old bottle

Had bottle of 18yr three years ago, and that was pure joy, unbelivable,
but last two bottles, one from this shop, and another from local shop in Huntly are different, still nice but not like before, go for 21 yr!

24th July 2012

Pure nectar in a glass

Fruity and spicy and so tasty. I would recommend this for any new whisky drinker. pure nectar in a glass.

20th November 2010

So tasty

Am a regulam user of glendronach so nice,am from india

29th May 2010

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