Collectors Rejoice—A Beloved Highland Single Malt Returns
Glendronach “Revival” 15 Year Old Distillery Bottling Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($79.99)
“The best of the bunch, and very impressive!” — John Hansell, Whisky Advocate
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It’s been five long years, and we couldn’t be more thrilled at the return of what was once one of KL’s best-selling Scotch whiskies. Considering that it just won Best in Show at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, odds are it may disappear once again! The Glendronach 15-Year Highland Single Malt wowed our hardcore aficionados until the distillery ceased production of this bottling in 2015. We always held out hope that they would come to their senses and get this fan-favorite back on our shelves, and today that hope is fulfilled. The “Revival” of this incredible, age-stated stunner is everything we knew and loved about this bottling from years past, including the spectacular pricing. One of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, Glendronach is a reference point for the art of aging Scotch in used sherry casks. It’s their forte, and they’re proud of it. The 15 Year Old “Revival” sees extended time in both Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso butts, giving it an outsized Highland profile. Nonchillfiltered and bottled at 92 proof, this remarkable dram exhibits an array of honeyed, exotic fruit tones along with a telltale, nutty sherry element. The sheer weight and richness of the spirit contrast brilliantly with the smoky and spicy secondary characteristics, and the structured, grippy finish is classic Highland style. We seldom get a second chance at such a popular item after a long hiatus, so any and all lovers of great, aged Scotch whisky should act decisively to make good on this opportunity.
93 points Whisky Advocate: “Deeper, richer, more viscous, and more intriguing than the 12 year old (and not as sappy as the 18 year old). Complex and intriguing, with raisin, orange marmalade, grape skin, sugar plum, cinnamon bun, raspberry preserve, mixed nuts, and coal ash. Nice tannic grip on the finish. The best of the bunch, and very impressive! (JH, Summer 2010)”
KL Notes: The 15 year is finally back! After ceasing production in 2015, the Revival has returned. Aged in PX and Oloroso casks, the malt is classic, rich, and unctous. It’s full of honeyed tones, chocolate, and dried fruits. We weren’t sure what to expect for the return of this customer-favorite, but it’s every bit as good as the last bottles in 2015, possibly even better.