Review: GlenDronach Revival 15 Years Old (2019)

Review: GlenDronach Revival 15 Years Old (2019)

GlenDronach’s 15 year old is a heavily-sherried single malt that fans have long beloved for its intensity, rich with both Pedro Ximenez and oloroso sherry finishing. It was an unequivocal sherry bomb at the time — and then it went away. In 2015 GlenDronach suspended the release, citing a shortage of available stock with which to make it.

And now it is finally back, with the same name but reportedly made with a new recipe.

We received a sample of the revived Revival. Thoughts follow. (Spoiler: It’s still a sherry bomb.)

The nose is an immediate onslaught of sherry, a boldly nutty whisky with a sharp citrus edge to it, along with some meaty, bacon fat notes. On the palate — what else? — sherry dominates, again pushing notes of spiced nuts and waging a sharp attack on the tongue, though it eventually settles down. A malty character comes through after a time, exuding notes of nutmeg and fruit cake. The finish is long and lingering, which is fitting for one of the most boldly, aggressively sherried whiskies I’ve ever encountered — though one which is decidedly one-note in the end.

All told, it remains, just as its precursor, a bit overwhelming — none more sherried, really — a monster. Perhaps too much of one for my tastes, but, as always, your mileage may vary.

92 proof.


GlenDronach Revival 15 Years Old (2019)




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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