Glen Marnoch 1988

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distiller's Reserve
Calculated age
29 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
26 Nov 2018 12:39 pm by ian63david

Average value

€ 143.21

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Marnoch 1988

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.72 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    Glen Marnoch is the ‘luxe’ whisky brand of the German discount chain Aldi. There are NAS-expressions of Speyside, Highland and even Islay, but the distillery is kept secret (probably at the request of the producers). End of last year this Glen Marnoch 1988 was released, matured for almost three decades in the Speyside and somewhat hyped.

    Very creamy nose on famer’s butter and oranges, dried apricots, mint and even a bit of peat. Becomes somewhat candy-like. Some nuts. Quite nice, actually. Round and rich.

    Nicely oily and immediately very sweet on vanilla custard and pineapple cubes. Then some spices kick in like pepper and nutmeg. Some beeswax to give it depth. A slice of kiwi add a sour note, while a hint of quinine offers up some bitterness. Very round and nice whisky, to be honest.

    Despite the low ABV, the finish is pretty long. I get mostly kiwi and a touch of sweet peat with some extra pepper at the death.

    Yup, this is good stuff. If it were bottled at cask strength, it would probably be a belter. Thanks for the sample, Tom.

  2. Wee_Burns did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Wow, lovely Dram. Tried initially with a splash of spring water, Very fruity, Vanilla and pudding coming through.. Gorgeous. Straight still very mellow.. sherry cask hits you in the face like Bruce Lee with silk gloves.... the punches are sweet!!!.. Nice.. now who actually produced this dram... First Class!..
    • Nose
      92 92
      Fruity Rich, Vanilla, Toffee
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very Smooth, Sweet Sherry, Fruity, chocolate.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Satisfying hit of sherry and sun ripened fruit, goes down almost too well.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    This Glen Marnoch is a 1988 vintage 29yo Dalwhinnie originally priced at £50. Think what 29yo whisky from your favourite distilleries would retail at?

    N: The nose talks of a light [chicken] meatiness, old man [not ye from Huy], toasted Shreddies, creamy lemon meringue, rubbery-waxy PU-leather, candy cake sweets. That’ll do ya.
    T: Another edgy/low abv-stricken arrival which turns out just fine. After a slow start, it comes through barley citrus-sweet with a light meatiness.
    F: Is that smoke, not sure? Otherwise, we’ve an icing sugar/barley sugar creamy emulsion finish.

    C: With hindsight, I can see the family resemblance. In my mind, no better or worse than the official Dalwhinnie 15. Much like Glenmorangie, I find Dalwhinnie doesn’t necessarily get better or worse with age, in general.

  4. Arranthony_Moray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      A really creamy and buttery and fruity nose. Hints of vanilla, oranges, cashews, lime and even a real tiny note of mint. Hint of a chocolate bar with coconut filling.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Starts a bit spicy but immediately turns into a real complex and creamy mouthfeel. Vanilla custard and ice cream, candlewax, kiwi, pineapple and again some chocolate.
      Candlewax does give it something of the older Clynelish bottlings. I small sour undertone as well.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium finish with some waxiness and kiwi again. A lot more wood and cashew nuts coming trough.

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    The Foz however, had already pre-poured me a dram. I have no idea what it is, guessing a 10-12yo Glen Grant-style single malt. In actual fact it’s Aldi’s undisclosed [Dalwhinnie] 29yo.

    C: Whilst the nose is terrific, I’m simply not a fan - it being perfectly Dalwhinnie-ish [in hindsight]. For those that are fans, £50 for a 1988 vintage is a treat indeed. It tails off significantly after the arrival, but the calibre overall is far more impressive than some of Aldi’s offerings last year, being well aged yet intact.

    Scores a B-


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