- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- James MacArthur (JM)
- Bottling serie
- Old Masters - Cask Strength Selection
- Stated Age
- 18 years old
- 53.9 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 26 Jul 2009 11:44 am
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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 1988 JM
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.60 points
- Somehow not my favorite, but basically complex and interesting to try it out. Well, Glen Garioch and I ... I don't know. But it was definitely better than the violet ones. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/10/28/old-rare-flight-003/
- I have tasted two different bottle from the same cask, nr. 1535
Well, they are not the same.
The first bottle, opened 8 years ago, is more robust at nose but especially in mouth. A bit tingling in throat . An intense and compact whisky deserving 88 points.
The second bottle, opened last week, is better. Similar nose but softener. Mild expression with floral notes, gentle in throat and easy drinking. Worth 90 points.
This comparison to say that most probably long time opened bottle might lose the original flavor, despite the fact that are very well preserved,
For the first dram, most probably oxygen and oxidation played a relevant role by making the whisky more intense and strong but less nice to drink and with less flavor.
- Colour: Old gold
Nose: Intense malty nose, spring flowers, some vegetamite,
smoke and grapes. Rich.
Taste: Sweet, soft, oily, malty, spicy and quite
smoky, then some aromatic herbs. The finish is clean, waxy, winey, malty and
quite long, with some fruitiness (tangerine) that then comes through.
Impression: I was quite impressed by the intensity and the diversity of aromas
in this Glen Garioch. Very good!
Glen Garioch 1988/2006 (53.9%, James MacArthur, cask #1535) Colour: full gold. Nose: extremely close to the Signatory at first sniffs, on vanilla and beeswax but with an added layer of phenols and resins. Also more fruits (mostly cider apples). But water is probably needed again: that worked better than with the Signatory, with quite some mint coming out, a little eucalyptus and camphor, wax, un-sugared black tea, cigar box… Closer to ‘Glen Garioch’ as we sometimes know it (reminds me of much older distillations). Mouth (neat): again, the attack is a little more complex (even more green tea but also more liquorice stick and apple skin). Notes of kiwis. With water: that worked again. Lots of liquorice and apple skin again but also hints of fir honey, vanilla fudge, mint-flavoured tea (ah, the medina…), mint and liquorice sweets… Excellent oakiness as well, smokiness… The finish is long and very liquoricy again, slightly salty and minty, waxy… An excellent example of a classy recent ‘old style’ Glen Garioch. Great selection by James MacArthur. 88 points. (and thanks, Peter)