In the glass a Glen Garioch from the sherry barrel. The whisky comes from the bottling year 2016 and was bottled at a strength of 57.3% vol. At the age of fifteen. The color of the whisky is similar to that of Oloroso sherry and has a medium viscosity.
My sample comes from a bottle that has been open for a long time and the description and the rating refer to a unit reduced to 46% vol. The high alcohol content invites you to experiment and, depending on the concentration, different facets can be discovered in the whisky. However, the alcohol is very well integrated, so adding water is not mandatory, but can be done entirely according to personal preference.
You will be rewarded with a complex sherry whisky of the old school, which you can grapple with for a long time and with growing enthusiasm. A great whisky!
A very buttery and sweet note the first time you smell it: walnut ice cream, shortbread, peanut butter, caramel, but also weak roasted aromas of caramelizing nuts or wholemeal bread fried in butter. There are also heavy aromas of sherry, dried dates and figs, prunes and Amarena cherries. In addition, a nice selection of spicy notes: cloves, cardamom, sweet tobacco, roasted sesame, mocha.
A heavy and complex fragrance that pours out of the glass and it is worth giving the whisky some time.
The buttery impression, clearly marked by sherry, continues on the palate. Although reduced in the alcohol, this is still present and gives the whisky a powerful start. Then caramel spreads in the mouth, roasted nuts, mocha, cloves, a little fresh mint and a good portion of oak spice with bitter almonds, which migrate into the back of the mouth. Dark dried fruits such as dates and figs can be tasted, while sweet tobacco and some leather give the Glen Garioch a remarkable complexity.
In the long finish, you first notice a bitter note, which over time leads to the sherry aromas over the spice side. The flow of saliva is stimulated and delicate hints of coffee and cocoa beans leave an impression of dark chocolate. Very consistent from top to bottom.