Glen Garioch 21 Year Old - 1994 / The Rare Casks Release 6

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Abbey Whisky

We continue The Rare Casks story with this magnificent Glen Garioch, the sixth release in the series. Distilled in 1994 and fully matured in a refill hogshead until 2016, only 126 bottles have been filled exclusively for Abbey Whisky. As with each previous release in The Rare Casks series, the whisky has been bottled in it's natural form, at full cask strength, without chill filtration or colour additives.

Whisky Magazine Recommended Award - Issue 143

88 Points - Serge Valentin, Whisky Fun. 

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Whisky Details

Region Highland
Distillery Glen Garioch
Age 21
Bottler Abbey Whisky
Bottle Size 70cl
Vintage 1994
ABV (Strength) 55
Bottling Date 2016
Cask Type Refill Hogshead
Series The Rare Casks (Abbey Whisky)
No of Bottles 126
Style Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Cask Strength Yes

Tasting Notes

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)

Nose: 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!
Review by Dramned!  (On 29/01/2018)

Nose: 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.
Review by Bill S. - Top Shelf Tasters  (On 14/12/2017)

Best Glen Garioch i've had to date!
Review by Roger  (On 21/08/2017)

Lovely hints of peat, vanilla pineapple and wood . oily and rich.
Review by Gal Granov whisky Israel  (On 23/06/2017)

Colour: 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!
Review by Gary @malthound  (On 19/06/2017)

Colour: 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.
Review by Serge Valentin - Whisky Fun  (On 13/06/2017)

Smooth, complex, beautiful colour. Stay classy Abbey Whisky.
Review by Steven D  (On 10/05/2017)

Very smooth and elegent
Review by Anonymous  (On 02/03/2017)

everything you'd expect from a good Glen Garioch,,
Review by Jacob  (On 01/02/2017)

Another great bottling Abbey, packed with great flavours, hardly needs any water.
Review by Craig  (On 13/01/2017)

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