Glendronach 1972 Kensington Wine Market
Added on Sunday, Apr 1, 2012 at 10:56 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 39 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1972 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 49.80 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only

Distilled 02/03/1972     Bottled 09/2011     Oloroso Sherry Butt     Cask No. 711     300 Bottles


$450 on release.


(Photo pilfered from bottleneck70 at Whiskybase.)

Member Ratings and Notes

Nose:  Huge sherry, swimming with drief fruit and spice, trails off with a bit of sulphur.

Palate:  Surprisingly dry sherry notes with a meaty (not ashy) but clean mouthfeel.

Finish:  Sulphuric sherry.


Really nice and full of punch.  

N: Caramelized sugar sweetness, jams and marmalades with some leather and anise. Very deep and complex. Theres oak here but it's a good amount.

P: Very dry sherry and just alot of GOODNESS here

F: Preserved plumbs/ prunes and black raisins


This is an awesome bottle, A/A-.  Didnt take too much time to sit an analyze.  Drank and had seconds.  Great stuff. 

Nose - oh God, one of these again. Sherry onslaught of the most beautiful kind, with skunky aspects and dried berries rounding it out. Seems more muted than my memory of Cask 718. As it opens up, chocolate, more berries and all kinds of pie filling, old floorboards... wow this nose really blossoms. WOW.

Palate -- yep. Deeply rich, raisiny, dried-fruits stuff that 20 years earlier would probably be sweet and punchy and all over the place, but the age seems to have morphed this into a more restrained experience. But still quite powerful. Gets slightly minty in the finish. The oak is here but not overwhelmingly present.

I wish it were cheaper, but don't we always? Damn good.  A/A-
(Big thanks to Andrew and Tim P) 

N: Deep shery, rich leather and nutty notes. 


P: Rich, thick, full, with big sherry. Nice heat and a bit of leather. Late on I get a slight struck match thing.


F: Warm, leather. Nutty and almost slightly medicinal for a second, with that struck match note again late.


Really great. The bottle was half empty by the time it made its way to me - nothing else got even close to that. A-/A 


What they all said and....


I found more sulphur than others, but the good kind.  This is my fifth 1972 38/39 year old Glendronach and they all rate nearly the same - terrific, deep, heavy sherried greatness.


This one is slightly more chocolatey than I recall from others.  Stewed prunes always comes to mind even though I am not sure exactly what that is.  Leather in the finish with some tobacco as it lingers long.


Maybe not the greatest of the several sister casks I have tried but still a solid A for me.  I think we damn near killed the bottle at the tasting.  

N: Coffee grounds, raw awesomeness (ok, that's a bit silly but whatever), dark cherries, rancio, cooked apples.
P: Wow, yum yum.   Rich sherry with some medicinal (cough drops) and gamey (beef brisket dripping with fat) notes.
F: Cinnamon spice.
This whisky doesn't suck!!!! 

N: Sherry, sulpher-fart

P: Bitter sweet in a fantastic way

F: Two separate finishes - one is bitter and sour, the other is sherry and sweet.


I called this Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when I first wrote my notes. Such a terrific complexity. Been hankering for another taste. 


Rich, deep copper color. Syrup and good sulfur on the nose. Really sets you up for a deep experience...because the palate blew my mind when it switched gears into an explosion sherry bomb. Really complex though and flavors all over the place (including some wood). Finish goes for miles. [3/20/12]


n:  A+.  Vanilla and candied cedar.  Cherry


p:  Toast and sugar.  Thick sherry although a little dry.


B+/A-  goes A- due to nose 

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