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20 Sep 2010

GlenDronach 1972 (cask #718)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: GlenDronach

Based on last year’s single cask series and the single cask for LMdW, 1972 seems to be a special year for GlenDronach, like 1976 for BenRiach. In the 2010 single cask series, GlenDronach bottled a sister cask (first GlenDronach 1972 cask #719, now #718). I hope to discover another gem.


GlenDronach 1972 single cask 718 GlenDronach 38 yo 1972 (51,5%,
OB 2010, Oloroso sherry butt #718,
396 btl.)

Nose: wow, this is quite surprising. Plenty of fruits here, but not the obvious dried ones. There’s poached fruits (pears, yellow plums) but also overripe mango, blood orange, some passion fruit and notes that remind me of different sorts of fruit jelly (quince jelly, raspberry gums and cassis sweets). Some butter toffee. Faint hints of cardamom. It keeps developing. This is like a wicked genius: you don’t understand it completely, but you do realize that it has a special and totally intriguing character. Mouth: continues in the same direction, with slightly sour stewed fruits and soft vanilla, but slowly changes character to milk chocolate and all kinds of nuts (mainly walnuts and almonds). Oak as well, but less tannins than in the 1971 version. Finish: very long, slightly fruity but really dry with notes of walnut skin.

After the great reviews of last year’s 1972, this cask was highly anticipated. In my opinion it’s less flawless but slightly more unique. It’s different from cask #719 and certainly different from the rest of the series. I’m curious to know what happened in 1972 to achieve such outstanding casks? Around € 350.

Score: 92/100

GlenDronach 1972 (cask #718) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-09-20
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  • Michael

    Thank you Ruben. I have been waiting for your review of GlenDronach 1972.

  • MARS

    I liked this one a lot also when I tried it in june.
    It’s surprising indeed as it’s not really the profile you are expecting from a old first fill olorosso sherry cask with a dark red color. Very easy drinkable also.

    It’s sad it is so expensive(and I paid less than 300€. Not available anymore at this price)

    I have see other 1971 and 1972 (for japan and taiwan) but didn’t get the chance to try yet

  • Michael

    Just after your review, Ruben, GlenDronach 1989 disappeared from TWE. 1972 Cask is much more expensive but could be sold out as well, soon. Fortunately we are getting a few bottles in Canada.

  • MARS

    Thanks a lot for reviewing these whiskies, ruben. It’s interesting for me whos buy the bottles but most of the time don’t drink them.
    I wanted to know : you buy the samples at Luc for these one?

  • Ruben

    Yes, I’ve used
    There’s still one set available at this moment.



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