Glen Garioch 21 Year Old - 1994 / The Rare Casks Release 6
|Cask Type||Refill Hogshead|
|Series||The Rare Casks (Abbey Whisky)|
|No of Bottles||126|
|Style||Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
Glen Garioch 21 Year Old Tasting Notes (Mark from Malt)
Colour: pale gold.
On the nose: a tight integration of citrus notes, malted barley and could that be peat? (Just a waft, if so.) Buttermilk and lime marmalade. Traces of vanilla custard, pineapple, green apples. Herbal: sage or bay leaves, with dried tea. Ground almonds. Lemonade.
In the mouth: grapefruit juice providing a sour note, with again the malted barley quality and Assam tea. Traces of sandalwood and an ever-so-slight aniseed quality. Flashes of pineapple. Vanilla does arrive, but doesn’t dominate. Quite nutty in places, with almonds, walnuts, and finally a pleasing grassiness. Green tea and honey on the finish.
10 Customer Review(s)
RatingNose: grassy fresh olive oil, sharp lemon zest - like the hands after pressing a juicy lemon, instantly old wood, cooling menthol, big vanilla creme, mossy forest floor. With water surprisingly a hint of smoke!
Palate: Sharp and sweet with sugared lemons, ripe cantaloupes and fat vanilla, deep old oak wood with spicy cardamom and coriander, dump clay
You don't need crazy finishes in weird casks to create a straight and deep whisky with lots of complexity and richness. Great stuff, well choosen, Abbey Whisky!
RatingNose: Nice Fresh oak, lemon zest, toasted barley, with underlying notes of fresh cut apples & vanilla, slightly herbal.
Palate: Opens with a big oak hit, malted barley, vanilla, a bit nutty, oak tannins, and a bit grassy on the tail.
Finish: Long, a bit spicy, orange marmalade, and slightly drying.
Comment: The overall winner for the tasting. Nice complexity on the nose and palate with a very rewarding finish. Congrats to Abbey Whisky for a superb cask choice. The Glen Garioch was up against the Highland Park Fire Edition Port Cask 15yr, Aultmore 25yr, Longrow Malbec 13yr, Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release, and the Octomore 7.4 Virgin Oak.
RatingBest Glen Garioch i've had to date!
RatingLovely hints of peat, vanilla pineapple and wood . oily and rich.
RatingColour: Pale gold colour.
Nose: Very fruity, citrus with notes of grapfruit most prominent, barley and inviting sticky, sugary vanilla.
Palate: Prominent grapefruit sourness counterpointing pineapple and warming vanilla sweetness.
Finish: Warm and spicy finish which is long with a satisfying glucose sweetness to top it off.
Overall: It’s got some tasy 55% Oomph! to it this one and the strong grapefruit notes surprised me at first but with added sipping (I am very dedicated) this became very morish indeed!
If you like a little sourness to your dram you will LOVE this offering!
RatingColour: white wine. Nose: typical late-period Gen Garioch, with bold notes of roots, gentian, chalk, clay, autumn leaves, and ultra-sharp lemons. Also almond and sesame oils. Very appealing if you enjoy your whiskies straight and rather austere. With water: wet chalk and plaster, always something that I enjoy. Very mineral, not unlike the best Pouillys. Mouth (neat): ah yes, I remember these batches. Same high minerality and rootiness, something medicinal (Band-aid), some aniseed, rosemary, a drop of antique mouthwash (cloves, juniper) and always this rooty, chalky side. Excellent, it’s always interesting to notice how Bowmore and Glen Garioch upped their games again in the 1990s, after the naughty 1980s. With water: even more roots. This one’s about to sing the blues… Finish: rather long, with a perfect mineral and grassy bitterness. Comments: it’s got something of the driest Clynelishes, without the wax. Must be the east coast… SGP:462 - 88 points.
RatingSmooth, complex, beautiful colour. Stay classy Abbey Whisky.
RatingVery smooth and elegent
Ratingeverything you'd expect from a good Glen Garioch,,
RatingAnother great bottling Abbey, packed with great flavours, hardly needs any water.
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