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17 Sep 2010

GlenDronach 1978 (cask #1040)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: GlenDronach

The younger GlenDronach single casks were able to meet last year’s high standard. Let’s move on and check on the 1970’s casks. The 1978, 1972 and 1971 are all matured in oloroso sherry.

 

GlenDronach 1978 single cask 3315 GlenDronach 31 yo 1978 (51,2%, OB 2010, Oloroso sherry puncheon #3315, 522 btl.)

Nose: elegance is the keyword here. There’s a juicy fruitiness to start with: sour cherries, bramble, soft raspberry. Hints of apple cake as well. Superb freshness of Seville oranges and pink grapefruit. A little mint. Very lively with an incredible smoothness. Water doesn’t seem to work here, the nose is too subtle to survive. Mouth: rich and vibrant. Raspberries, tangerine, some chocolate. Orange peel. Again some undertones of mint. A bit of oak. This time water works nicely and brings out walnut flavours. Finish: long, a tad nuttier.

A very crisp GlenDronach, high on citrus notes. When compared to the older 1970’s releases, it misses a bit of punch. But of course this one is less expensive. Around € 200.

Score: 89/100

GlenDronach 1978 (cask #1040) 4 Ruben Luyten 2010-09-17
  • MARS

    I opened a bottle today. I agree a lot with you. I just find a little bit too mcuh tannins at the moment between the mouth and the finish. The citrus notes are on the back and not so important.
    I am sure it’s going to improve with a few month of breething.
    Got the bottle 20% cheaper (it’s not selling well)

  • MARS

    Tannins disapeared after a few month.
    Not a bad whisky, far from it. But too expensive for what it is.

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