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Review: GlenDronach “Grandeur”

January 20th, 2011

GlenDronach Grandeur, 31 year old, 45.8%, $700

The new ultra-mature release, following its 33 year old predecessor (bottled by previous owners). It’s nice to see the higher ABV, given that the 33 year old was only 40%. Very soothing. Quite deep on the nose and viscous (almost sappy) on the palate, with gobs of juicy oak and old oak (its age is obvious but not imposing), dark raisin, black raspberry, orange marmalade, roasted nuts, and freshly roasted coffee beans. All of this is peppered with cinnamon, ginger, and charcoal. Polished leather on the finish. I like that it’s sherried, and the sherry is kept in balance. Those of you who liked the 33 year old will also enjoy this one (assuming you can afford it).

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 94

7 Responses to “Review: GlenDronach “Grandeur””

  1. DavidG says:

    The old 33 was approximately $250

  2. R Kaz says:

    John you give this Glen Dornach a 94. Can you help me better understand your rating system. Does your personal likes and dislikes effect how you grade a selection. If so what are those so we better understand when you give something a hi rating verses a lower one. How do you prioritizes nose,palate and finish and to what degree. Where does higher ABV,smoky,peaty,spicy,mediciney,balance and other verbs come into your rating. I only ask because I am a neophyte and would like to try to set up my own rating system. This will also help me understand what the 94 means other then this is a very highly rated bottle per your system. I ask this question to learn not to criticize. Thx rkaz

    • John Hansell says:

      You are making it much more complicated than it really is. After I nose and taste a whisky, I rate it based on the rating scheme I define in my Buyer’s Guide. You can veiew it by clicking on the link above.

  3. Marc says:

    I was lucky enough to try this at the Whisky Live Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, in November last year. One of the brand ambassadors, whom I met at a previous event, remembered me and after chatting and trying the new batch of BenRiach 20yo he inconspicuously motioned for me to pass him my class. After returning my class with what first looked like a cola in it, he then quickly flashed me the Grandeur case. I remember it being wood saturated but well balanced with the sherry as you say John. Excellent stuff.

    I say lucky I tried it… because at the asking price I’ll never buy it.

  4. Mr Claw says:

    Tried this at Whisky Show in London.

    Excellent stuff! Personally I thought it was far superior to the Glenfarclas 40 Millenium…

  5. MARS says:

    You are more lucky than me as I didn’t get the chance to try it yet.
    But I have a bottle (I paid 260€ if my memory is right. Nor more than 280€ anymay)

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