GlenDronach 21yo, 1993-2014, Cask #23, 52.1% – OB for WhiskyBase

When this bottling was announced I knew right away that I wanted it. Somewhat strange because not all my experiences with GlenDronachs are that good and I’ve had at least one single cask from 1994 that I just didn’t like all that much.

Then, when the price was announced I started doubting whether or not to buy one since I find 135 euros nothing to scoff at, for a bottle of booze. At first I thought it was an expensive bottling but after comparing the vintage with other recent releases of 1993 it seemed to be in line with this so I had to come up with something else.

In the end whisky buddy Ben C. turned out to be a willing target to share this one with. I think I could have found plenty of others, but since we were doing a massive trade it was likely to just add this one on top of everything else.

Anyway, GlenDronach, decent age, Oloroso Sherry Butt. Here it goes.

GlenDronach 21 for Whiskybase. Image from Whiskybase

GlenDronach 21 for Whiskybase. Image from Whiskybase

If I think back to the recent Glenlivet I tried, this is more or less in the same line, albeit slightly heavier. There’s some oak but it’s not overpowering in any way. The flavor of seville oranges and candied orange prevails. The alcohol starts coming through after a short while, but still, not in a bad way. There’s some rum like sugar behind it all too. The cask and spirit play well together!

The palate is sharp with some heat from the alcohol. Not from chili peppers this time. The fruit is more the candied kind than the fresh ones, although the fresh oranges are not entirely discarded. Dried peach and apricot. There is a hint of leather and old armchairs behind it all. Quite delicious.

The finish has a sudden hit of dried fruits and maybe a syrup of mint. Oranges, dates, peaches. Dried fruits galore. Quite long, with some slightly dry oak too.

Well, yes. Just yes. This is a delicious whisky. The kind of GlenDronach from an Oloroso cask you hope for when you open one. The flavors are deep and intense and while this might not be the most complex whisky you’ll ever taste, it is just delicious.

You don’t want all whiskies to be complex, do you? Sometimes it’s just a really good night for kicking back and drinking something utterly delicious. That’s what this one is for I think. It might be a tad expensive, but I wasn’t talking about a school night, was I?

GlenDronach 21yo, 1993-2014, Cask #23, 52.1%, OB for WhiskyBase. Sold out by now, although it lasted surprisingly long.


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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6 Responses to GlenDronach 21yo, 1993-2014, Cask #23, 52.1% – OB for WhiskyBase

  1. P. Wesselman says:

    Nice review! I bought it as well, but up till now I kept it closed (quite a feat, I must admit) – I obliged myself to first finish the other bottles of GlenDronach in my cupboard… though I’m looking forward to the “hint of leather and old armchairs” ;-). (PS: I assume that Glenlivet is a typo 😛 ).

    • The Glenlivet for the Whiskybrother shop in South Africa has a similar fruitiness, although this GlenDronach has a much richer spirit. So, no, it wasn’t a typo, but I understand how you can assume it was. Generally, Glenlivet isn’t particularly great.

  2. nice review matie. keep a a sample 😉 we need to swap shit,.

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