GlenDronach Port Wood

”(Follow Me) I’m the Port Piper”

Whisky Review # 952

Country: Scotland
Region: Eastern Highlands
Brand: GlenDronach Port Wood - Limited Edition
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Age: NAS
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 46%
Maturation: PX and Oloroso Sherried Wood with Finish in Port Pipes
Chill Filtration: No
Sample provided by Mauricio from Brazil. Many Thanks!
Price Range: US$ 55-70 (June 2022)
Price/Quality Ratio: 😔 Quite expensive for a rather Young Single Malt.
Buying Advice: 😐 Ideal introduction to Whisky for Port Wine lovers.


Light Copper with shades of Orange and Brown (Natural Color)


Young and slightly Thin. The Port Pipes are quite dominant and I would suspect that the Sherry casks used were 2nd and/or 3rd refill as their influence is rather limited. Dark Red Fruit, Dried Fruit and Toffee/Butterscotch are the main drivers. The Nose is mainly Sweet but a few Sour notes can be found as well. The Alcohol is not fully integrated.

Main Aromas:

Sweet Barley, Buttered Toast, Toffee, Butterscotch, Fruit Cake made with Raisins, Sultanas, Plums, Figs, Dates, Dark Berries and Nuts, Orange, Mulled Red Wine that was spiced with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves and Ginger, Oak Char & a Tropical Fruit note that I can't quite put my fingers on.
Supportive Aroma Accents:

Brown Sugar, Vanilla, Caramel, Syrup, Honey, Apricot-Filled Puff-Pastry, Grass and Straw, Apple Strudel, Lemon, Banana, Caffe Latte, Milk Chocolate, Dusty Track and Leather. A bit of Artificially-Flavored Bubble Gum after a while.


Young, on the Thin side and a little Rough. The Port Pipes remain in control and the Alcohol is present. The Palate is mainly Bitter-Sweet with a few Sour, Salty & Dusty notes as well.

Main Flavours:

Sweet Barley, Toffee, Butterscotch, Fruit Cake made with Raisins, Sultanas, Plums, Figs, Dates, Dark Berries & Nuts, slight Sour mulled Red Wine spiced with Pepper, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Ginger and Cardamom, Oak Char and Orange-Flavored Milk-Hazelnut Chocolate.

Supportive Flavour Accents:

Honey, Salted Caramel, Brown Sugar, Syrup, Wax, Yeast, Grass/Straw, Dusty Track, Lemon, Grapefruit, Cooked Red Apple, Tobacco, Metal and Aniseed.


Middle-Long, Bitter Sweet and a little Thin with a developing Sourness towards the Medium-Dry to Dry end. The Port Pipes maintain their strong presence. I find Sweet Barley, Toffee, Vanilla, Caramel, Honey, Dried Fruit like Raisins, Sultanas, Figs, Dark Berries, Dates and Apricots, Nuts, Orange flavored Milk-Hazelnut Chocolate, Oak Char, Grapefruit, Gooseberry, Coconut, Pepper, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Ginger and Cardamom. Distant hints of Licorice, Aniseed and Tobacco. The Alcohol remains noticeable.

Drinking Advice:

Although a little added Water enhances the Fruit notes on the Nose, the Palate and Finish become even Thinner and quite Spicy. Just a few drops will do here.

Rating: 82  - Stars on a 1-10 scale: 7.5  (*******1/2)

Nose: 20 - Taste: 21 - Finish: 20.5 - Overall: 20.5

*** Important Note with respect to Rating.

A few of my loyal readers have pointed out that every once in a while my final Rating note does not seem to be totally in line with the written text. I recognize that. When I started this Whisky Blog back in 2011, I was not at all experienced in tasting and scoring Single Malts & Blends. Looking back I realize that during the early years I probably scored the good Whiskies too low and the not so good Whiskies too high. Ever since the beginning I try to remain consequent in my rating, always comparing the outcome to the rating of comparable whiskies in terms of quality and taste and adjusting the final rating if necessary. This might lead to the discrepancy I mentioned before. It would have been much easier if I would have chosen a simple 1-10 rating since the beginning but after having reviewed 950 whiskies it would not be wise to change the system now. I will however from now on add stars on the 1-10 scale so you will have a better idea of what I thought of the whisky reviewed. Please feel free to comment!

Drinking Experience Neat
: Okay/Good


GlenDronach was founded in 1826 by James Allardice in Forgue, Aberdeenshire. It changed hands various times before being acquired in 2016 by Brown Forman. The core range consists of the 12 Years, the 15 Years Revival,the 18 Years Allardice and the 21 Years Parliament. We visited the distillery in May 2019 and we had an unforgettable time there. I will treasure this memory for always. A very nice Tour and a tasting that included the whole range of the distillery plus some extras. Great! I can only fully recommend a visit!

The Port Wood that I'm reviewing today was launched in 2019 and was inspired by Scotland's history of importing casked Port Wine from Porto during the 19th century. The Port Wood is a NAS Single Malt but I would think that it matured for a total of between 8 and 10 years of which roughly 2 years in Port Pipes. The Port Wood is a creation of GlenDronach Master Blender Rachel Barrie.

The GlenDronach Port Wood is aptly named. It's a Young Single Malt that matured in Re-Fill Sherried Wood with a lengthy Port Pipe Finish that left its unmistakable mark. It's probably the best introduction to Single Malt for Port Wine fans. For long-time Whisky fans it's likely to be a little too Thin, a little too Young and very predictable. It's okay I guess but I prefer the 12 Years as my to-go-to GlenDronach.


Jan van den Ende                                                                           June 28, 2022

***Footnote: One of my readers on Facebook correctly noted that the picture of the bottle at the top of this post mentions a maturity period of 10 Years. So it would not be a NAS Single Malt as I mentioned in the text. The picture is a 2019 bottling when this Port Wood carried a 10 Years Age statement. This statement disappeared in later versions however & the NAS sample I tasted today was bottled in late 2020 or early 2021. I'm sorry about this mix-up! Cheers, Jan.


Anonymous said...

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Jan van den Ende said...

Good to hear, thanks for the info. Please leave your (first) name next time. Makes it more personal.
Cheers 🥃