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GlenDronach 15 vs Macallan 15: Which Wins?

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

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, GlenDronach 12

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 Single Malts 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.

Macallan 15 Double Cask

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NoseCinnamon, apple, raisins, oak
PalateOak, caramel, dark chocolate, hazelnut
FinishTobacco, chocolate, cinnamon.
Alcohol content86 proof (43% ABV)
How to drinkNeat
Similar toDalmore 15, JW Green Label

The nose is rich in baking spice at first followed by hints of apple, raisins and subtle oak.

On the palate the first taste comes a bit peppery but it settles nicely as you let it develop in the glass.

Macallan 15 offers rich caramel taste with a delicious dark chocolate hint and toasted oak note. Pleasant warmth hits on the back of the throat and is easy and smooth going down.

Finish is toasty, long, and quite tasty with note of chocolate.

This is an excellent single malt, smooth and satisfying. If you feel some warmth add a drop of water and that will release more caramel and oak making it even easier to sip

Overall, the Macallan 15 Double Cask is good single malt, with deep tasting notes, at the right level of sweetness and nicely balanced.

If you have tried the Macallan 12 Double Cask you are going to find this to be an improvement as it’s not as oaky and feels more complex and layered.

This one of the best 15 year old whiskies, the best Macallan Whisky in value you can buy and it’s still reasonably priced!

Macallan 15 facts:

  • Aged for 15 years in a combination of American and European oak casks seasoned with sherry wine from Spain.
  • The Macallan Distillery was founded in 1824 and is also located in Moray, Scotland.
  • Macallan whiskies are free of artificial caramel-colouring.

GlenDronach 15 vs Macallan 15: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

WhiskyPrice
GlenDronach 15$105
Macallan 15 Double Cask$175

GlenDronach 15 vs Macallan 15: Which is better?

Price makes me prefer the GlenDronach

WhiskeyGlenDronach 15Macallan 15
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Value
  • I like the Macallan but why it has to be so pricey???
  • Is it better than the Revival? Marginally better at best, but not better enough to justify the crazy price gap.
  • Macallan is quite good, provides bragging rights, but the GlenDronach Revival is no consolation prize, this malt is incredibly good, tasty and yet smooth delivering great value.
  • Also bottled at a higher proof that it’s always welcomed!