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Glen Garioch The Renaissance

Overall rating
86.57/100
votes
181
Whiskybase ID
WB105091
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
3rd Chapter
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Strength
50.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010496004746
Added on
14 dec 2017 7:25 pm by Astrid
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 118.25

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch The Renaissance

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.57 points

  1. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This third chapter of the Glen Garioch Renaissance is the logical continuation of the previous ones. Now, however, we are heading for "old malt" with even more dark fruit, very beautiful honey and herbal notes and the fine Glen-Garioch-Bitterness. This chapter is closer to the second one than to the first, of course.
    • Nose
      The nose shows the strong Glen-Garioch-flavor in the first appearance: malt, ripe pear, honey, some marjoram, forest soil. Reminds me spontaneously of the 2nd Chapter. The alcohol level is barely noticeable.
    • Taste
      In the mouth comes the third chapter full and strong as a bear. The pear is immediately in the foreground, followed by oak, herbs and the typical "Glen-Garioch-Bitterness". Characteristics: Fruity and spicy.
    • Finish
      The finale is again pear-fruit, primed with beautiful oak bitterness. Clearly a Highlander from Oldmeldrum.

  2. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Quite juicy, raspberries, currants, strawberry jam, herbaceous hint, some wood, honey, cake batter
    • Taste
      creamy fruity sweet. Strawberries! BromHimCurrant, vanilla, cake batter, (Christmas) spices
    • Finish
      Stick with the spices with a little sweet medium length

  3. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Those who can tolerate the strong oak notes will get a solid malt with a modern sherry profile. With a little water, the sharpness is reduced, the malt becomes more pleasing.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Heavy alcohol. Rather modern sherry profile, orange, strawberry, grain, oak sawdust, tart herbs, something slightly earthy and putrid in the background. The addition of water brings out the fruit notes more clearly, they change towards exotic.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Grab it right away, bite your tongue, hot pepper, alcohol and oak. Then sweet orange, bitter grapefruit, a little dark fruit, forest honey, Christmas spices? The strong oak notes push themselves forward again and again between the fruits. Water is also good here and takes away the initial sharpness of the malt.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Tannins and oak keep the upper hand. The finish is dry, astringent on the tongue, the sweet fruity notes have a hard time competing against it.

  4. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Stammtisch Dram # 4
    Very modern profile.
    Takes time and air.
    Overall not bad.
    • Nose
      Very sweet nose, with strawberries, lychee, cherries, juice orange. Malt and hay give it a rural profile.
      The alcohol is unfortunately not so well integrated and pokes your nose.
      With water it gets a slightly sulphurous tinge, but this disappears again and leaves both tree resin and a very floral note.
    • Taste
      Quite mild start. Then he pushes.
      Fruity, with oranges and grapefruit and spicy, with pepper and oak, which makes the whole thing astringent and stimulates saliva.
    • Finish
      Malt, clove and star anise.
      Medium to long.
      The floral notes come back later. Vlt lavender?

  5. Flou scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Today the Glen Garioch 17y is in the glass. What a wonderfully fruity fragrance flows out and immediately captivates me. Bourbon and sherry casks come here in combination and reward with light and dark fruits. Mango, pineapple, light grapes and apple pie with sticky-sweet vanilla dough, sweet and sour cherries and a pleasant spice with nutmeg, a hint of pepper and I imagine with a little sulfur. The fruitiness dominates and makes you want to take a sip.

    At 50.8%, I can still enjoy it just as pure, it really pushes the gas. The spiciness now comes through much more strongly and sets a good counterpoint to the fruitiness ... but takes over the wheel, while the fruitiness remains a constant companion, but has been relegated to the passenger seat.

    In the end, wood, pepper, dark chocolate, the fruitiness is still present but no longer plays a major role for me.

    Conclusion: The nose was great, the whisky in the mouth can't quite keep up with the aroma. Overall, a delicious whisky, which I personally would not buy. There are too many other whiskys that I prefer over Glen Garioch.

    86/100 points.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. elipszis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very similar to the 16-year-old, it also has this vegetable character here, but still has more sweet sherry notes in it.
    • Nose
      91 91
      vanilla
      rubber
      very strong caramel for the first smell
      toasted sugar
      sherry
      coffee chocolate
      new spicy wood such as cedar
    • Taste
      90 90
      syrupy
      oily
      mint
      toffee
      chocolate
      sherry
    • Finish
      90 90
      boiled vegetables (radishes)
      Mint
      white pepper
      spicy

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Somehow he does not pick me up like that. Certainly a well-made whisky. But I have no need to get me a bottle of it.
    • Nose
      Not too cute. Malt and cereal notes. Apple compote with some cinnamon. Williams Christ pear brandy. Vanilla. "Sharp" wood notes. Pepper. Relatively spicy nose.
    • Taste
      Initially wild honey. Then cereal with apple and dried apricots. Then some herbs. Now the oak comes clearly back into play. And brings a lot of spice.
    • Finish
      It gets drier and slightly bitter. Nuts. Green tea.

  8. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Lord of Orkney scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Romanino scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Top of the series from my pov
    N: sweet jam, strawberries, orange, salt, oaky sharpness
    T: starting with sweetness, adding oaky spiciness, sour lemons and sea salt
    F: oily, soft spice

  11. Svjatogor scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    n: sherry, strawberries, dry, cinnamon, pine forest, chocolate, old wood
    t: sherry, pepper, strawberries, cinnamon
    a: sherry, spicy, strawberries

  12. SebStar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. Retro scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. SebasDB scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Glen Garioch tasting of which this dram was part.

    1. - 105091
    The combination of barrels used makes this a very balanced dram. And therein lies the sore point for me, maybe too balanced .. The nose doesn't tell me much, this dram is going to work in the mouth. Tones of tea. Warming. Vanilla and very light fruit in the mouth and sometimes a bit waxy. Good but doesn't tell me much. After a while a bit nicer in the nose, almonds... bastogne cookies.. 85

    2. - 72508
    Clear oloroso sherry on the nose to the finish. Finish is dry but not annoying.. taste sour raspberry with warm red compote. In the aftertaste, the chocolate comes through for a long time. The sherry works well here because it really leaves room to discover more. Age is lower than you might think when tasting. A really good dram. 89 initially but over time it becomes drier and more corrosive. 88p

    3. - 188954
    Refill sherry? Nothing to notice about the sherry really. Nose and taste actually lead me to a wine barrel...? Very drinkable despite the ABV, could also be due to my "warmers" in the earlier rounds. Taste remains on the slightly fruity side. Dry, metallic finish. Overall dram gets better with time (some candies develop...) but I expect better from an Adelphi.. 83p

    4. - 46081
    Nice nose! Fresh summer fruit that makes me yearn for the first sip. After a while also something metallic that I don't necessarily find annoying. In the taste we continue on the nose with a long fruity finish that never gets dry. Good drinkable despite the 54.6% A drop or 8 (at the moment still slightly more than 2cl) activates the dram a little more. Flavors come through stronger. Finally I can name the peaches and a little bitterness remains. 86p

    5. - 26366
    The nose is very similar to 46081 but slightly less pronounced. The bourbon barrels do this distillate well in my eyes. Initially, the dram is silky smooth, but after about 10 seconds in the mouth, fine tingling occurs in the front of the mouth. Here too the flavors are less pronounced, but the fullness and the silky soft character are convincing! The finish is long, soft and warming. Certainly not a huge chat, but a dram that you can fill your evening with. Delicious stuff and despite the fact that it is very similar in specs and taste to the aforementioned 46081, this simply seems to be much more correct. Gariochs from the early 90s at any age and bourbon casks… no doubt! 88p

  15. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Smell: Baked apple, nutty, marzipan, sweetish tip, vanilla, almonds, nougat, light tobacco, including sweet cherries, overripe pear, differentiated

    Taste: alcohol present, warming, fine spicy wood, again nutty and sweet, herbal tones, grapefruit, medium-bodied. Reverberation, fine bitter almond tone

    Colour: light gold tone, medium water's edge, clear

    Conclusion: The third edition of the series is in a good mood, set aromas, always on the rather dark spicy side - "old fashioned" in the best sense of the word...

  16. whiskyfan_olli scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. Dionysus scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  19. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. Abadon05 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Definitely takes time and it is also positive that some of the distillery character can be discovered in it.
    In my case, especially in the exit, it is only conditional.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Somewhat vinous as well as dark orange and forest honey with herbs.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Somewhat sweet, but a dark orange, bitterness, the honey becomes a bit milder, a little bit of pear and grain
    • Finish
      79 79
      Quite dry and hardly fruity finish, which is unfortunately not my thing.
      There is also something bitter, supposed to be part of the distillery character, which is good in itself. But that's just not my case.

  21. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This one is a difficult malt. Maybe with much time and air and a splash of water it'll get better. Has a distinct, not quite sulphury but feinty, off note I can't seem to get rid off which really spoils the rest for me. I'd rather have his dirty, but somehow in itself more coherent 15 yo sherried brother. Good I had a sample first as I was tempted to buy a bottle... Try before you buy as you might not be bothered by this slight lactic acid note.

  22. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Some earth, honey, strawberries, coconut, wood, nuts, blackberries, a few grasses in the background
    • Taste
      Strawberries, blackberries, honey, some chocolate, nuts

  23. NorthCoast500 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The whole Renaissance series by Glen Garioch is - in my honest opinion - hugely underrated. All available for under 100 euros, its a must try or must by for all, who love a more than decent Glen Garioch.

  24. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. katarn_rb scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Pear, grain (malt)
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oranges, bitter almonds, pepper
    • Finish
      84 84
      Bitter and light herbs

  26. Derufus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Strawberries, blackberries, orange, honey, some earth, grasses, flower meadow, straw, some coconut, milk chocolate, herbs,
    • Taste
      Strawberry, blackberry, herb candy, honey, grapefruit, passion fruit, but without the sweetness, apricot,

  28. MickMatrix scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  29. Odinson scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  30. Ninofdram scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  31. dramidaris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  32. jkswift scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      The nose is complex, spicy with herbs and oak wood.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Dark fruits and spicy with some bitterness. The 50.8% are ok to drink without watering it down
    • Finish
      87 87
      Spicy, long with some lasting bitterness...

  33. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty spicy and drinkable
    • Nose
      87 87
      Honey, dry hay, ripe yellow fruits, spices, hints of oak wood, little leafy and spicy, whiffs of french soft cheese - actually pretty good
    • Taste
      88 88
      Little punchy, oily creamy, little sirupy, good sweetness, more honey, more ripe fruits, peach, apple, pear, more spicy, pepper, more oak wood
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, warm, spicy, little more herbal

  34. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  35. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    On par with the 2nd chapter, but with more sherry casks in the mix and, curiously, a bit more heat. Also very good, but a bit less typically Glen Garioch. The sherried components take away some of the robust, rough-ass Highland character that I appreciate in GG, but it's certainly more elegant and accomplished on the nose.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A lot of spicy, peppery oak, with notes of nutmeg and ginger alongside a creamy, marzipan-like ex-bourbon side. Herbal-infused honey and dunnage aromas. All very tightly interwoven and difficult to isolate. In a way, it's a very "advanced" nose, since there is no one aspect dominating or standing out, so that as a newbie, I would have simply said, this smells like scotch, but not much else. Today I'd say, it's subtle but deep (as pretentious as that sounds).
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pears, apricots, and other sherry-soaked dried stone fruits tangle with this particular herbal, spicy-tart aspect that is so quintessentially GG. But also quite a lot of honeyed sweetness, particularly toward the end of the flavor development. At times it seems a bit hot, but I'm not altogether certain whether that's the spicy spirit or the spicy oak.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Way more sherried and sweeter than the 2nd chapter. Sadly, it also appears somewhat less distinctive because of that.

  36. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  37. DerDennis! scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  38. Wolv scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  39. rpvdwel scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  40. Bart&Claudia scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A pleasing whisky with a good balance between rich sweet and more savoury flavours. Turns bitter towards the end and feels a little engineered.

    Malty, vanilla, sugary biscuits, dairy notes, and some coffee roast on the nose.
    Juicy arrival, good strength, butter, cotton candy, tropical fruits, soil, goes a little flat.
    Fades in the finish to bitter herbs and leafy notes, cardboard and wood flavours.

    The first half of the bottle was vibrant and the inbalance was actually interesting, but as the bottle faded, so did the whisky. I don't believe this is a completely natural presentation.

  41. JacobaEd scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  42. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  43. dramspotter scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Blind mystery tasting. The comments would tend to damn the whisky with faint praise, which is a little unfair. I find it a decent enough dram but nothing very extraordinary.
    • Nose
      some refill sherry with some light fruitiness; almond paste?
    • Taste
      softer than the nose would suggest
    • Finish
      pleasant and nice, with some sherry roundedness

  44. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Sherry, strong fruit and a nice oak note. Some citrus and fresh herbs
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sherry, spicy and creamy. Start with some citrus and vanilla, later the sherry gets more and the beautiful oak comes through. A touch of cinnamon and dark fruits. From time to time a touch of herbs and a touch of leather
    • Finish
      90 90
      Oak, cinnamon, sherry, dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, then a bit of nut which lasts a long time. I love it.

  45. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      honey, citrus, ripe pears, white pepper, saccharine sweetness, rich blossom, milk chocolate, caramel, butterschotch, green apple, malty tones
      soft whisky that does not dominate alcohol
    • Taste
      88 88
      little spicy, dark chocolate, cinnamon, honey on buttered toast, toffee, citrus, orange marmalade
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium, remains very sweet and nicely balanced
      dark chocolate

  46. pianoman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, slightly sour. Bright grapes, limes, brown sugar. Sand, slightly mineral, Campari soda. Dry summer meadow.
    • Taste
      Light honey, baked banana, some pepper. Lemon sorbet. Then some apricot and almonds. Dry with a slight metallic sharpness.

  47. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      40 40

  48. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

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