Glen Garioch 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask Matured
Stated Age
15 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks
53.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
28 Feb 2021 12:28 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 74.81

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 15-year-old

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.54 points

  1. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    In the first nose it reminds me of a rum from the Caribbean. The Glen Garioch 15 is a perfect malt and has a good PLV. (65 euros)
    • Nose
      87 87
      A lot of sherry with a nice sweetness.
      The alcohol tingles slightly in the nose.
      Raisins, caramel, honey and some cake batter in rum round off the malt beautifully. In the background I find a slight nuttiness that goes in the direction of hazelnut, with a hint of cinnamon. He screams for the first sip.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Nice oily mouthfeel.
      Alcohol is well integrated.
      It fills the mouth area sweetly and pleasantly.
      Toffee, orange, raisins and a dash of lime.
      A little one-dimensional, but still delicious.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length finish.
      The 15 years are noticeable with roasted aromas, a slight bitterness (not dry) spreads.
      Appeal of dark chocolate.

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    This falls squarely in the category of 'Wouldn't recommend this, but still drinkable'. The sulphur is too present for me, distracting from what otherwise would likely be a good whisky.
    • Nose
      Intense with an undeniable fair amount of sulphur. Hints of forest fruits, cassis and bitter chocolate. Whiffs of pepper and nutmeg, as well as a hint of soy sauce.
    • Taste
      More sulphur, what a shame. Pretty dry and somewhat sour with spicy notes of nutmeg and black pepper. A touch of tobacco laves, as well as marmelade.
    • Finish
      Medium in length. More of the same.

  3. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Trial Olympics 2019 # 3
    • Nose
      Berries, dark bitter chocolate, butter scotch, touch of sulphur and orange peel. Glendronach style.
    • Taste
      Berries, winey, marmelade and sigar boxes.
    • Finish
      Not that long as I hoped for with caramel, forest fruits and cranberries.

  4. FernetBranco did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    There is still plenty of bottle available in the Puttgarden Bordershop (as of Oct. 2021).

    Price ~ 46.00 EUR


    However, as noted on the site, purchases are only possible in the on-site shop!

  5. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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!
    • Nose
      88 88
      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.
    • Taste
      89 89
      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.
    • Finish
      87 87
      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.

  6. Pulteney83 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Blindtasting, a whisky with a nice dark amber color and long legs.
    • Nose
      88 88
      beafy, sherry, fat, sherry cask, Little sulpher, sweet, figs and jam.
    • Taste
      87 87
      like the nose, figs, little sulpher, dark chocolate, meaty.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Chocolate, sherry and trace off sulpher.

  7. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A 'jumpy' Edradour style sherry profile.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Cranberry, rubber balloons, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, sauerkraut and cayenne pepper. A little banana in the back.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Caramel, blueberry, nutmeg, cinnamon and a sour twist.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Caramel, blueberry, cinnamon and ginger.

  8. LordIslay scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very violent in the finish! Sherry notes clearly in the nose and on the palate. Dried fruits, some citrus with a slightly sweet taste.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    December 16, 2020

    Great, everything is right here. If you like sherry whiskys, you can't avoid this here.
    • Nose
      What a nose! Dark and heavy with the whole range of dried fruits, there are raisins, figs, dates and also orange. Hardly noticeable of the alcohol despite the cask strength. Lots of Christmas spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. There is also spicy forest honey. A big movie theater.
    • Taste
      Nice oily mouthfeel, sweet and spicy on the tongue - almost sticky, with raisins and oranges. The wort builds up with every sip, fantastic.
    • Finish
      Dark fruity with roasted aromas, espresso and dark chocolate, then becoming drier with dark cherries and slightly mineral notes at the end of the long finish.

  10. El Bastardo scored this whisky 60 points Member Senior

    Really cool! Who asks about alcohol here: This is one of those where the alcohol cannot be smelled / tasted / felt at all and apparently 100% of this is converted into taste ^ _ ^ Maybe a bit too spicy for my taste. Sure, it doesn't all have to be "Macallen" or "Glendronach", but the longer you sip "Minischl├╝cke", the more peppery it gets in the mouth. Still just great part.
    In the end, it's not enough for me to raise it to four stars (on my very strict scale for me). Didn't try the 21 year old until not too long ago ... it's even more my taste.
    • Nose
      Undiluted: First and foremost, of course, and permanently massive sherry. The dry plum and raisin, only slightly sweet variation (not the one with a fresh cherry aroma). Slightly citrus fruits in the background, preferably oranges / mandarins. Some aromatic spices with a bit of pepper, but also strong / intensely spicy notes such as cloves and cardamom.

      Diluted to approx. 45%: similar behavior to comparable whiskys. The spice note comes across more clearly and the fruity aromas are somewhat inhibited.
    • Taste
      Diluted to approx. 45%: distinctly spicy (and not very fruity at first) compared to "similar" whiskys. Only with the second sip are the fruit aromas really activated again. But that doesn't mean that the spiciness will decrease, on the contrary.
    • Finish
      Diluted to approx. 45%: spiciness on the tip of the tongue and subtle fruitiness with a little bit of sweetness on the palate.


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