Always been an Islay guy, first time buying sherried scotch. Heard great things about Glendronach 12 & 15. Should I try 12($50) or go straight for 15(80)?

  1. I sampled the GlenDronach 12 and didn't love it—it was very wood tannin forward. I would recommend GlenAllachie 12. It's about $65 near me and very good.

  2. The Glenallachie 12 and 15 are both excellent and 46% abv, which I think is perfect. I always found the Glendronach 12 way too thin at 40 (though they recently bumped it to 43% I think?)

  3. I would suggest not going all in at first. Although 80$ is a normal price for the 15, it’s a lot of money to spent for your first sherried. The 12 is an excellent option and a great introduction to sherry so that would have been my first choice

  4. Also an Islay guy but had the Glendronach 18 earlier this week and was in love with its character. Great expression. See if you can try them all first before committing to a bottle?

  5. I am generally an Islay guy as my first choice. Yet, Glendronach is one of my favorite distilleries. The 15 is good. The 18 is terrific (had a dram last night even). They make a peated that is also tasty.

  6. As an Islay guy who is getting into Sherry matured whisky, if you can find this Pat year’s Laphroaig Cairdeas release I can attest that it is absolutely fantastic.

  7. I got hooked on Islay back in the 1970's, and never looked back. However, last 5 years or so, I've been trying other styles. Initially I didn't like the Glendronach 12 yo at all, but by the end of the bottle I found I liked it fine Then tried the 15 and 18. I have a bottle of 21 yo Glendronach, which I'm going to open in a few months, but for the price I think that the 15 yo is the best bang for the buck. Especially as around me, it's $90, while the 18 yo is $200.

  8. I’d go Aberlour Abunadh. Glendronach is okay but their quality has gone down massively the last couple years and now they are chill filtering. I’ve tried Glendronach 12, 15, and 18. I would not buy any of them again.

  9. I think you’re the first person I’ve seen around here that doesn’t love Glendronach. I’m surprised, but also glad I’m not the only one. I’ve had the 12, 15, 18, and 21. To me they just go from incredibly meh to cough syrup (in a bad way). The only Glendronach I’ve had that I thought was worth the money was a 22 year single cask. Maybe a unpopular opinion, but I’d rather spend the extra $ on a bottle of Macallan 12 or save a few bucks and buy Glenmorangie Lasanta.

  10. The 12 is great! Can't go wrong with any of their bottlings but age doesn't always mean better, keep that in mind

  11. If you want sherry Islay, ardbeg uigeadail is Sherry cask I believe, as well as the laga and talisker distillers editions but those get pretty pricey

  12. For a nice "bridge" from Islay to sherried whisky's, try the Laphroaig Cairdeas 2021 edition: PX cask. it is amazing, and worth the price.

  13. 12 doesn’t even feel sherry’d to me after having the 18 tbh. It’s good. softer fruits and spice and vanilla than sherry. The 15 is a good introduction. It’s got some heavier fruitiness and body to it.

  14. Why not buy a Macallan 12 or 15? I feel like virtually all the sherried expression single malts are trying to copy them. I mean, Macallan "sherry bomb", it's what they are known for... I got on a Glendronach kick for awhile and was enjoying the 15 but after awhile I picked up another bottle of Macallan 15 and find that it's just superior in every way. If I want "sherry", I will inevitably pick up the Macallan over any of the others.

  15. i think you’d get the most bang for your buck with glenfarclas… imo the 18 year old is extremely good, very smooth and a sherry bomb, i’d give it a try

  16. Islay guy here too. Edradour Caledonia 12 is my favorite “pure Sherry no peat” bottle. It’s not overly sweet or overpowering like the Aberlour Abunadh.

  17. Blair Athol is also great for a good sherry Bomb. The 12 can be had for around 50-60$, and the Blair Athol Mossburn for around 105-110$. It’s not always easy to find, since their parent company Diageo takes 90-98% of the distilleries’ whisky, mixes it with the whiskies from other great distilleries, and manages to come out with Johnnie Walker Bland. When you can find it, though, it’s worth it.

  18. I would prefer Glendronach 12 or Glenmorangie 12 Lasanta as a starter. For an Islay guy a Glenmorangie would be better because it's more complex and has more volume than the Glendronach 12. But I also recommend to buy Glendronach 15 cause - as far as I know - the company doesn't produced it anymore so it only gets more expensive, although it's a great Whisky for 80$.

  19. I would actually start with the 12 and progress through all their core offerrings. They really do a lovely job building it up through the years

  20. Not an expert by any means, just an enthusiast. My advice would be to go for the relative heavy hitter at once. I dabbled a bit and sampled some not very "assertive" bottles, and wished that I had gone outright for a nice, bold sherry bomb. I have my sights set on either the Glendronach 15 (18 if I can convince myself) or the Aberlour A'bunadh.

  21. I know Macallan gets some hate but I have never had a bad poor of Macallan and the 12 Sherry oak is fantastic. I prefer it over glendronach

  22. I currently have Glendronach 15 and 18 in my lineup. I've been tasting the 18 for about 3 weeks, the 15 only been opened for 2 days. Both bottles are dated 2021. I'll be in the minority here but I'm enjoying the 15 way more. I'm not liking the 18 at all. The 15 has much better sherry flavor profile to my taste. Maybe the 18 is just too complex for my taste buds to appreciate right now, but I'm not complaining. I'm happy to save half the price for the 15. Maybe my taste preference will evolve over time so I'll be happy to save the 18 and give it another shot in the future. And my friends can enjoy it when they come over.

  23. Glen Dronach 12 is fantastic, the best scotch whisky I've had and I always have a bottle on the go. Haven't tried the 15 but you won't be disappointed with the 12.

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