Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Glen Castle Whisky Co. (TGCW)
Bottling serie
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
29 years old
51.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Vintage Cask
Added on
17 Jan 2019 9:01 am by SemperAugustus
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Castle 1989 TGCW

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.40 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] A high scored undisclosed old Islay dram and nobody wrote a single word about it - hey, what is wrong? I am too curious to find out which distillery hides behind this dram so I cracked my bottle open to solve this riddle together with a good friend...

    ...and the two of us both vote for an old Lagavulin. It offers an incredibly complex and balanced profile with unusual (still) strong peaty notes. Extremely quaffable if you like old Islay drams and guess what - I do! One of my all-time favourite Lagavulin bottlings, no doubt.

    [August, 2020] I re-tasted this dram tonight to check my Lagavulin guess again (I just had a 29-years old Caol Ila before). And as someone wrote „undisclosed Laphroaig“ I go for a CI vs. LG vs. LP trial. Oops, tonight‘s nose indeed reminds me rather of a modern Laphroaig while the taste still is more on the Lagavulin side. If this is a Laphroaig than it is certainly one of the best modern Laphies I had so far. Stop guessing, I have to enjoy this dram - sorry, folks.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a fresh and bold Islay profile with adorable fruits, honeys and sugars in a complex maritime peaty setting, this is truly great! Jim thinks this is a South Islay dram but given this nose I doubt and rather opt for one of my beloved Caol Ila. There are dozens of different aromas in a balanced setting without any off-note - Islay at its best! The phenols are quite strong for a such an old dram which is rather unusual but very tasty. After some breathing the nose adds herbs, waxes and saltiness while the peat stays powerful, triple wow! Now I doubt this is a Caol Ila and certainly this is not a Laddie, Bunna or Bowmore. Ardbeg was not active in 1989 (except for some trial distillations) and I miss almost all trademark Laphroaig aromas too, so guess what: This is a Lagavulin (and my friend agrees, finally). What a nice surprise, and a delicious one too...
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is multi-layered and wow, extremely good - no, dangerously good. But this is not the taste of an old Caol Ila - this really tastes like an excellent old Lagavulin. To check this I have a dram of this year's Lagavulin Special Release in parallel and yep - the characteristics are comparable if I extrapolate the maturation effect from 12 to almost 30 years. This dram is greatly chewable and offers new impressions all the time. By the way, I like this taste better than the 30-years old distillery bottling of Lagavulin.
    • Finish
      94 94
      The dram arrives warming with some hot peppery moments and an instantly coating effect, a very good mouthfeel actually. The finish is long (what else?) and still adds new impressions, even minutes after I swallowed it. What a finish! Some water releases additional chalky-mineral and machine oil aromas in the nose and turns the taste even more peatier but (like so often) the layers now intermingle. Finally, I like the neat dram best (but the reduced levels are fine too so play around a little with water if you own more than just a sample).

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Not sure why this Glen Castle and others are listed as "Distillery Bottlings"? How could it be? Makes no sense at all.

    The jury is out on this one. Islay South or Caol Ila? CI is my first impression. A full bodied stud, fantastic power, peat, maritime flavours. Reminds me of CI 25yo, then some hints of 70s Ardbeg (sweetness, tar, and there was a small production in 1989 at Ardbeg) jump in, Lagavulin not so much, Laphroaig, no, CI jumps at me. Other suggestions anyone?
    Taste and finish bring up Lagavulin, big time, hints of Ardbeg - WTF?
    I stop the guessing and just enjoy it. Thank you for the dram, or two;-))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    Final score: CI in the nose, Lagavulin in the taste. Hm, a single malt, a great one. Stop right here.


    hm, with more air, more Lagavulin with lots of peat and little smoke and heavy sweetness.

    Laga is the final verdict on my nose and palate.

    2+2+2cl sample.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  3. z-imaging did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Undisclosed Laphroaig, available also with custom label for HNWS


  4. sphinx scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  5. WillWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    This dram having complexity and keep changing after a period of time to have a sip.

    Peels , tea leaves, white grape, wood nosing.

    More complexity and layers on palate, very nice.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89


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