Glendronach 15yo Revival Returns!

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Since Glendronach 15yo Revival was withdrawn from the market in 2015, it’s been a rather long three years, hasn’t it? Unless you were willing to part with a rather silly sum of money at auction for a bottle (ca. £140-170 before commission), you either had to settle for the 12yo, or trade yourself up to the 18yo. Not any more! Glendronach 15yo Revival has been reintroduced but with a small twist.

A 15 year old age statement was first introduced by Glendronach in the 1990s, at 40% ABV, before being relaunched in 2009 at 46% ABV. The 2009 version was solely matured in Oloroso sherry casks, however the ‘new’ 15yo has been matured in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez casks. A small, subtle, but potentially significant change.

Glendronach Master Blender Rachel Barrie said: “Today marks the return of The Glendronach Revival Aged 15 years, an iconic aged expression of critical acclaim, 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.”

Here goes…

Glendronach 15yo Revival 2018
Oloroso & PX Casks
46% ABV
£62 RRP coming soon

Nose: Walnut whip, Danish pastries, pralines, black bananas, thick cut orange marmalade and some slightly floral honey. Then mahogany, dried cranberries and apricots and some toasted dried fruit scones.

Palate: Muscovado sugar and cinnamon on baked apples, plum jam, some dates and fig rolls too. Then a sweet, earthy compost note, dark chocolate orange and some very gentle oak. It’s all about the sweet fruitiness here, not a hint of sulphur whatsoever.

Finish: The tannins push forward, with sweet black tea, dark chocolate, and some old oak and teak.

Overall: Just a very, very good 15 year old sherried whisky. The reputation of the previous incarnation means people will expect a lot from this whisky, and it delivers, but in a slightly different way. When I sampled the ‘old’ 15yo Revival (which Lucas reviewed many moons ago here), we noted a more drying, leathery, slightly sulphury streak which ran through the whisky – this is not at all apparent here, possibly due to the introduction of PX casks into the mix, and possibly due to changing cask policies over the years. This whisky will no doubt tick a lot of boxes for those of you who like rather sherried liquid.

Welcome back Revival. Welcome back.




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