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The GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival Returns

6th September 2018
The rich sherried GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival returns after a 3 year absence.

The GlenDronach 15 Year Old RevivalThe GlenDronach fans amongst you will be pleased to hear that the distillery has announced that the once revered rich sherry cask matured GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival is making a return.

The original 15 year old sherry cask matured expression was introduced by The GlenDronach in the 1990s, bottled at 40% ABV. It ceased to be bottled until 2009, when The GlenDronach Revival Aged 15 Years was released at 46% ABV to the great pleasure of whisky fans including myself.

Having built up such a strong reputation as one of the very finest sherry cask matured malts, it was sadly discontinued in 2015 due to maturing stock levels, a victim of its own success I suppose. Happily, following a three year wait, The GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival is making a return, bottled at 46% ABV, non chill filtered and of natural cask colour. The 2018 release has already been awarded the highest possible accolade of Double Gold at San Francisco World Spirits Competition which is a good indication that fans of the whisky will not be disappointed.

The GlenDronach Master Blender Rachel Barrie commented on the GlenDronach 15 return, saying: "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. The GlenDronach 15 year old Revival has 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."

The GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival will have a RRP of £62 and will initially only be available for the next four weeks from the GlenDronach Distillery shop and thereafter it will be released globally and will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Here's hoping it is as good as it ever was, I will certainly update you when I get a chance to taste it myself.

GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival Review

Review added 28th September 2018.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Butterscotch, dark cherry and blackberries, orange and a little nuttiness lurking in the background.

Taste: The delicious dried sweet sherried fruits lead, raisins and sultanas are joined by some slightly zesty orange, creamy dark chocolate, a little cinnamon and pepper make a late appearance. Some mild oak spice and ginger hanging around in the background.

Finish: A deliciously long finish, the dried sweet sherried fruits just cling to the mouth for an age, eventually bowing out leaving some lovely peppery sweet oak spice.

Comment: An absolutely delicious sherried Speyside dram. I can say the same about this new GlenDronach 15 expression as I said about the GlenDronach 12 year old, simply one of the best quality core range sherried Speyside drams for its age that you can buy, if you haven't yet tried this, now is your chance as it has been revived once again and will be in shops around the end of this month. For those of you familiar with it before it disappeared from the shelves due to depleted maturing stock levels I can tell you that it is still the once revered rich sherry cask matured GlenDronach it was known to be.

SMW Score 93/100

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