GlenDronach The Hielan’ 8 Years Old (2015)

Tasty Tastings Episode 73

Today is all about young Glendronachs, as I am reviewing five expressions aged between 7 and 10 years. So let’s see what the “young guns” have to offer!

The Hielan’ is the latest addition to GlenDronach’s core range and

is a tribute to the dialect spoken in the distillery’s surrounding area in the Scottish Highlands.

It’s only 8 years old (still better than a NAS, right?) and was matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. This might sound like another Ocatarine, but judging by the color, this is clearly not the case.


GlenDronach The Hielan' 8 Years Old

GlenDronach The Hielan’ 8 Years Old









Name: GlenDronach The Hielan’ 8 Years Old
Bottled: 2015
Age: 8 Years Old
Category: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery: GlenDronach
Cask Type: Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Strength: 46.0 % Vol
Colored: No
Chill Filtered: No


Very, very malty. Lots of vanilla, accompanied by hazelnuts, raisins, marzipan, green apples and burned vanilla crescents. There is also a whiff of … shaved grana padano cheese… interesting. Some green pepper in the background.


Very malty and very sweet. Vanilla, toffee and did I already say malt? Seriously, it’s very beer-like. Ginger, biscuits and hints of white pepper.


Medium. Dry and peppery with grassy and herbal notes. Oh, and of course more malt.


I’m sorry to say this but, for me this a worse version of the Octarine. It’s just too malty and there is hardly any sherry influence. Really not my kind of dram.

Score: 81 / 100


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