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Glen Garioch Founder's Reserve 1797

Overall rating
80.37/100
votes
394
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2009
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Barcode
5010496002155
Added on
01 Sep 2009 4:58 pm
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 32.69

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394 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch Founder's Reserve 1797

60 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.37 points

  1. coldonbax scored this whisky 78 points Newbie

    First impression of the nose is yeast. If you have ever stuck your head into a mash tun and inhaled the heady aroma of fermenting wort, you will get the picture. I've never experienced such a malty / yeasty nose in a whisky before, and was expecting a huge ethanol burn, but it didn't come despite the 48% ABV.
    The arrival on the palate is slow to begin with then BANG! Big delivery of dried fruit followed with what tastes like a handful of Fisherman's friend lozenges, with eucalyptus and liquorice on the aftertaste. Press your tongue tight against the roof of your mouth to get the full benefit of the intense spiciness that lies within.
    This stuff needs a splash of water and a bit of time to open up. Revisit after ten minutes, and it's a different beast altogether, malty and quite dry. Not too long on the aftertaste and leaves you with a drouth that cries out for a beer to chase it down.
    I bought a litre of this at the airport two months ago and I'm halfway through. A good value for money dram.

  2. Gilles_V scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    A very nice whisky for a NAS. To greet the 48%.
    It makes you want to discover the rest of the range; therefore successful mission.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Very classic and delicious nose. Cereals.
      But also oolong tea or even a slight trace of damp earth.
      We feel that the maturation was done in quality barrels and that the distillate does not lack character (oily and legs around the glass, despite the youth).
      After a while, a very slight hint of smoke.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Fat, fruity. Not bad at all.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Good length with a hint of dryness.

  3. volker40sw scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 11-01-2019 at "The Mash Tun" in Aberlour.

  4. monsieurrouge scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Fruity, winey, sweetish, banana? Best complex raisin?
    • Taste
      Sweet, full, fruity, warm, developed by keeping them in the mouth for longer, pepper at the end, ending spicy, maybe even spicy: Fisherman Friend pastille!
    • Finish
      Long and warm, a bit peaty even or do I imagine that, wood wax? Shoot me a leak, but it is a beautiful spicy, warm finish

  5. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    The nose is sweet and fruity and a bit mineral. In the mouth then young aromas, slightly bitter, fruit and alcohol. Departure then fruity and then rather tart, a bit metallic. Conclusion: it fits, but the 12 is a different class, I think. He is a bit too young.

  7. Lord of Orkney scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      75 75

  8. Achany scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Sweet honey, malty, dried herbs, some vanilla, spicey at the end, dry, oak. Nice body, Finish is all right. That is some nice malt to start an evening with friends.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Luigisim scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nose: quite nice. Honey and scottish butter cakes. 

    Mouth: a bit too strong alcohol

    Finish: mild, but deteriorate to unpleasant  tannic within ten minutes 
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  10. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Unusually but delicious and interesting. The nose is the blast! Fruity and extremely complex. The taste and the finish are very idiosyncratic but very tasty and interesting.
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Subtle wood and fruit notes slowly lift out of the glass. A touch of orange aroma comes out hesitantly, seconds later intense orange aroma suddenly fills the glass and sweet caramel and honey merge into a wonderfully sweet fruit mixture. Burnt almonds and roasted aromas show up before a wonderfully creamy and sweet spice cloud dominates. Some resin and spicy wood give this sample a dark and interesting note. Milk chocolate and a hint of cocoa powder mix with a subtle pinch of cinnamon. The alcohol becomes more intense, but does not bother. Cherry or morello cherries fuse with the fruity orange, the nose is extremely complex and fruity sweet.
    • Taste
      First fruity elements flash, then spicy wood dominates the first sip. Wood sharpness is created and makes the palate and the tongue to glow. The next sip flows creamy and spicy over the tongue, an indefinable spice note now dominates the taste. A touch of furniture polish or stain .... Dried berries and orange peel, sweet and creamy caramel, soft and mild, strong and spicy, somehow I'm confused. The sharpness is more intense and heats the palate and the tongue properly.
    • Finish
      Dry and dry, the finish begins. The sharpness slowly fades and spicy wood becomes furniture polish or stain again ... Old walnut aroma develops and an earthy decoilatura slowly ends the finish. Spicy roasted aromas remain on the tongue and leave behind this indefinable spice.

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