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Glendronach 12-year-old ‘Original’

Bought: Auriol Wines, 1st September 2017

83.79/100 – Whiskybase (average from 906 member votes)
87/100 – Ralfy (of www.ralfy.com)
4/5 – Master of Malt (from 54 reviews)

The fact that the Glendronach 12yo has over 900 votes on Whiskybase is testament to how loved this dram is by whisky enthusiasts. Comments include “definitely worth recommending for those looking for a good introduction into the intense flavors of red fruits” and “this malt is a keeper of consistently high quality”. It may only be 12 years old and 43% but the maturation in both Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso casks bestows ‘sherry bomb’ qualities, all for a very reasonable price.

Scoring 4/5 on Master of Malt is very good and comments from 2017 include, “one of the best non cask-strength sherry casks I’ve ever had”, “smoother than Macallan 12 but with similar notes” and “good dram for the uninitiated to try”.

My exact bottle with code ‘LK11116’ isn’t on Whiskybase yet but I’ll add the link when it appears. The ‘LK’ part suggests it was bottled in 2016, which means it was distilled after Glendronach reopened in 2001. For those of you with Jim Murray’s ‘Whisky Bible 2018’ his review of the Glendronach 12yo ‘Original’ was added in 2011 and refers to a bottle distilled before Glendronach closed in 1995. Hence why I haven’t included his score. If he updates his review I’ll be sure to come back and add his comments.

Tasting notes from 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.

Here’s Ralfy on YouTube with his review of the Glendronach 12yo (June 2016):


Glenmorangie ‘The Original’ 10-year-old

Bought – Morrisons, 7th May 2014

94/100 – Whisky Bible 2014
87/100 – Ralfy, of www.ralfy.com
Review: – Ralfy – Glenmorangie Original – YouTube

What can I say about the Glenmorangie 10yo which hasn’t been said already? Probably nothing, so here’s a quote from the Whisky Bible by Jim Murray “overall this remains one of the great single malts: a whisky of uncompromising aesthetic beauty from the first enigmatic whiff to the last teasing and tantalising gulp. Complexity at its most complex.” He also says of the finish “amazingly long for such a light dram”. His score of 94/100 classifies this whisky in the bracket of “superstar whisky that gives us all a reason to live”.

Glenmorangie distillery was founded in 1843 on the site of a brewery that had existed since 1738. Glenmorangie’s stills are the tallest in Scotland standing 17 feet high. Tours of the distillery cost £5 and are available all year round except at Christmas. Apparently the stills alone are worth the visit but you also get a dram as part of the cost. For those interested, have a look at the Glenmorangie website here.

Glenmorangie 10yo Orignal 70cl