- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Signatory Vintage (SV)
- Bottling serie
- The Un-Chillfiltered Collection - Cask Strength
- Stated Age
- 34 years old
- Number of bottles
- 44.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- Brühler Whiskyhaus
- Added on
- 11 may 2019 12:35 pm by Ed Radour
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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 1984 SV
11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.33 points
- I enjoyed this almost 35-year-old Bourbon barrel ripening very well. A really extraordinary flavor profile concentrates in only 44% cask strength but still incredibly voluminous and aromatic. A scent of violets, orchids and greenhouse. With malt, honey and vanilla. Subtle smoke in the background. Wonderfully harmonious. In the mouth also very floral notes, a little walnut and oak but surprisingly little bitterness for the 34 years. And yet you notice the age at every point. The finish is long, beautifully creamy, sweet and floral. Great malt
- Two worlds of flavors collide: earthy and floral violet and lavender notes and sweet marmalade casserole. A whisky that could split the minds. Like a walk through the cemetery after a breakfast of marmalade tulls.
Fresh in the glass still very restrained. After a few minutes of oxygen and some hand warmth, jam notes of Qitte and grapefruit develop, intense sweetness and yet slightly sour. If you let it breathe for a little longer, earthy violet and lavender notes crawl out of the glass, paired with a very delicate liquorice patille in the background. Totally balanced interplay of flavors. Fantastic.
For 34 years in the barrel, the oak influence is virtually unnoticeable. A tiny bit of bitterness on the tongue before the sweetness of the jam regains the upper hand. Cooked fruit pepaart with a slight hint of licorice that plays around with earthy and floral notes.
Medium-length finish that leaves the sweetness, but the violet and lavender notes are completely gone.
- [April, 2022] A quick review of a sample...
...which is a typical in-between Glen Garioch vintage, meaning in between the excellent vintage periods of the 60ies/70ies and the 90ies. The eighties were rather chequered quality years because of the whisky crisis that started in 1983. And this Glen Garioch perfectly shows that even a long maturation cannot compensate for a lower quality spirit. It is okay, but it does not rock my whisky world.
- Beautiful nose, taste but getting used to.
As the previous speakers have already mentioned, the nose of this Glen Garioch is a dream. Wonderfully fruity and sweet, no junk notes and well balanced. In terms of taste, however, the well-known "false notes" (if you feel them that way) from the 80s are quite fast. Not quite as intense as some Bowmore or sister bottlings, but still available. These cloud the overall picture for me then unfortunately considerably.
- Glen Garioch's from the early '80s have the same blemishes as the sister distillery of Bowmore at that time. The 34 years in the barrel have put the disgusting soapy distillate in the background and enriched by a few complexities, but it remains present.
However, looking at the other reviews, there seems to be a bottle-to-bottle audience, and the trader is also very open with what some might view as junk notes in the tasting notes. I can only recommend to anyone to get a sample of these years Glen Gariochs in advance, it must be done ...
Grappa, lemon zest, lemon fragrance from the urinal. With air: lavender, and indeed a ripe, waxy note. Vanilla, orange peel.
Little oak, oily, again the lemons "smell", plus rinse water and cold ash. Immature apples, humus. Lavender and mint.
Long, more rinse water, orange juice after brushing your teeth, some coffee. Licorice.
- Unfortunately, I didn't warm to the malt.
I like the impressions of pear, straw and garden herbs in the nose, but unfortunately I can't get along with the soapy notes in the mouth (and in the nose) or the impression of washing powder.
- I suspect there are worse violet whisky out there, but I'm not going to be a fan of this "type". Not my style. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/10/07/eine-hand-voll-highlands/