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Glendronach 15 The Revival Review

By Josh Peters @TheWhiskeyJug

The name could not be more appropriate. Glendronach 15 The Revival is back and it’s coming out swinging with a new recipe, a new profile, but the same bottle and label. The previous version had been 100% Oloroso sherry casks, but the new one now employs the use of PX sherry casks to boost the sweetness and the richness.

Glendronach 15 The Revival

For my money the 18 is where it’s at, but the 15 isn’t too far behind, in fact there isn’t a Glendronach release I’ve had that I didn’t like. Even the current 12, now that it no longer has older whisky in it, is still quite good. Which reminds me, I have a ton of Glendronach notes in the queue… I should get them up on the site. We could all use more Glendronach in our lives.

Glendronach 15 The Revival Review: Details and Tasting Notes

In Glendonrach’s Words: Glendronach 15 The Revival

“The Glendronach 15 year old Revival heralds the return of an iconic malt revered by connoisseurs around the globe. After years of slumber, this relaunched expression embodies The GlenDronach signature style of Spanish Oak maturation in fine Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía. Over 15 years in the darkness of our dunnage warehouses, the spirit has grown in stature, refinement and intensity, bringing an exquisite balance of intensity and finesse. In flavour, intense notes of ripe dark fruits and manuka honey envelope into an elegant silk-velvet chocolate finish, reflecting the richly layered complexity of this iconic single malt.” – Rachel Barrie

Glendronach 15 The Revival is fantastic, I love everything about it and think it’s a worthy successor to the name.

Glendronach 15 The Revival price, ABV, age and other details

Region: Highlands, Scotland

Distiller: Glendronach
Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Oloroso & ex-PX sherry
Age: 15 Years
ABV: 43%

Price: $90*

Glendronach 15 The Revival Tasting Notes

EYE
Rusty red

NOSE
Brown sugar, cola spice, dark fruit, cocoa, hazelnut, banana, sherry sweetness, vanilla frosting and a bit of malt and citrus.

PALATE
Sweet sherry essence: dark fruit, holiday cake spice, malt, graham, cocoa, dark fruit oil, nuts and some vanilla and citrus.

FINISH
Long -> Dark fruit, spice, oil and char.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Good balance, medium-full body and a light syrupy feel.

Glendronach 15 The Revival Color

GlenDronach 15 The Revival Review: OVERALL

Overall the GlenDronach 15 The Revival is quite nice. The aroma is solid with notes of dark fruity sherry hanging heavy. The palate carries that character on through the finish which fades out sweet and a touch oaky. After a while of being open, it evolves into a more dark sweets accented whisky with the sherry and dark fruit still leading the way; there is a nice depth here that makes it hard to find a reason to not like it.

At the end of the day it’s a fun full-bodied whisky that has a lot to offer and would love to have in my glass far more often than I currently do… guess I’ll need to remedy that. And, for what it’s worth, it’s a good follow-up to the original and worthy of the label.

SCORE: 87/100 (B+)

*Disclosure: This Glendronach 15 The Revival sample was graciously sent to me by the company for the purposes of this review. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.

Glendronach 15 The Revival Review

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  • Nose - 88
  • Palate - 88
  • Finish - 87
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 88
87.75

Glendronach 15 The Revival Summary

Glendronach 15 The Revival is fantastic, I love everything about it and think it’s a worthy successor to the name.

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