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GlenDronach 12 vs GlenDronach 15: Which Wins?

Discover the differences between GlenDronach 12 vs GlenDronach 15 in this in-depth comparison and decide which Single Malt is better for You!

GlenDronach 12

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NoseCaramel, honey, apple
PalateVanilla, caramel dried fruit
FinishOak, dried fruit, sherry
Alcohol content86 proof (43% ABV)
How to drinkNeat
Similar toGlenfarclas 12, Aberlour 12

The nose is quite aromatic, rich in toffee and honey, along a touch of apple.

On the palate, the GlenDronach has a creamy feel as the body feels thick. Flavor delivers caramel and vanilla up-front, followed by a rich dried fruit note.

The finish is long with very little warmth to it, leaving an aftertaste of oak, dried fruit and sherry behind.

GlenDronach 12 drinks beautifully making one of the top 12 year single malts. No harshness or off-putting notes and a tasty profile makes it entirely satisfying.

No need to add water or ice, it’s perfect as it is.

The GlenDronach ages for a dozen using in a combination of Oloroso, a variety of fortified wine, and Pedro Ximenez, a velvety and sweet sherry wine from Spain, casks.

This combination of casks is what gives the GlenDronach the strong Sherry wine presence and the nutty and sweet flavor.

GlenDronach 12 facts:

  • Gold at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • Gold at the 2017 World Whiskies Awards.
  • The GlenDronach distillery dates back to 1826 when it was founded by James Allardes.
  • Dr. Rachel Barrie is the current master distiller and one of the few women distilling whisky in Scotland.

GlenDronach Revival 15

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NoseAlcohol, figs, cookie dough, tobacco
PalateApple, pear, berries, tobacco, coffee
FinishMedium, figs, clove, oak
Alcohol content92 proof (46% ABV)
How to drinkAdd water
Similar toAberlour A’bunadh, Macallan 15

The nose hits with a bit of alcohol that swiftly fades as you let it breathe. Notes of figs, cookie dough and tobacco pop-up providing a nice aroma.

On the palate, the GlenDronach lacks just a bit in body without being thin. First sip brings a light warming note.

Flavor has hints of apple, pear and berries at first, followed by tobacco and espresso coffee.

The finish has a medium to long length, with notes of figs, clove and just a whiff of oak spice. It brings very little heat on the way down.

The GlenDronach 15 is an easy drinker with just a bit of alcohol on the nose, I would like like it to have more body but overall it delivers a good experience.

I did not include this malt in my roundup of the best Scotch whiskies under $100 as it’s priced just a few dollars above that mark, but still provides great value for a malt of this quality.

GlenDronach 15 facts:

  • The 15 Year was discontinued in 2015 but made a comeback in 2018, hence the name Revival.
  • Aged in Spanish oak ex-oloroso sherry and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks for 15 years.

GlenDronach 12 vs GlenDronach 15: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

WhiskyPrice
GlenDronach 12$54
GlenDronach 15$105

GlenDronach 12 vs GlenDronach 15: Which is better?

The 15 YO is a step-up

Whiskey12 YO15 YO
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Value
  • The additional proof and aging added complexity and depth to the already good GlenDronach 12 making the 15 YO an incredibly satisfying easy drinker.
  • Is it worth the big upcharge? That’s tough to answer. The 12 YO is good, one of the best in its class, delivering great value as I think it makes a better deal than the Macallan 12 Sherry Oak that is way more expensive.

This is one of those cases in which you can’t lose as both are quite good and highly ranked within their respective categories.