Glen Garioch 1985

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Hand filled at the distillery
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
43.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Sep 2020 10:51 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 1985

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.96 points

  1. Thorleifs scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior


    Very very dark. Looks like coca-cola inside the bottle.


    Earthy, damp cellar, rotten wood, musk, slight perfumey but in a okay way, no off notes.
    A bit rough but at the same time gentle, there’s a lot going on, pulling in different directions.
    Chocolate, espresso, sweetness like from a px cask, bitterness that tastes like from an oloroso.
    This is wierd and wonderful at the same time!

    Taste: quite heavy, tannins, bitterness, oriental spices, ginseng, ginger, liqorice.
    Nice mouthfeel, first I felt it quite thick but second and third time I tried it it was quite thin and bitter. No sweetish whisky this..

    Finnish: very drying, a bit bitter, like your sitting there after eating a spoon of dirt. You can almost taste it.
    The oriental spices lingers.
    Nope, still no saliva, still damp dirt covering the mouth. Coffey, a hint of chocolate. Looong finish. And behold, after a good 10 minutes there’s some sweetness after the mouth recovers from the dirt punch.


    A very very interesting whisky. This is not your average sherry whisky. Not much fruitness at all. No typical raisins, christmas cake or whatever.
    This dram reminds me of when I helped my dad build a new porch. We had to tear apart the old rotten one which was built on top of old railway sleepers which had rotten against the surface beneath which was damp dirt. This is just like that, rotten, dusty, damp.
    This whisky wont be for everyone but it sure is interesting! I like it a lot since it’s so special.
    If there would have been a little little smoke in there it would score even higher.

  2. Lorzinator scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    While the nose is ok at first, despite a pungent acid, this malt unfortunately loses its first sip on the whole line. One has probably forgotten one in the barrel ... For my taste, he has clearly too many tannins, has modrig and has for the age yet barely profile. The worst part: you just can not get rid of the bad taste. Disgusting

    The mostly very high ratings are for me absolutely incomprehensible.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      60 60

  3. Najzero scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Out of all Whiskies I've tried this is #2 (as of today) for me

  4. jjkmlss scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    It's a stereotype that users on WB are EXTREMELY TOLERATE to expensive whiskies like this one. And we have to stop flippers from misleading the later buyers who did not understand Glen Garioch in its mid 80s.

    This is a textbook unbalanced dram FYI. It looks dark and deceiving, but in fact it is a soap bomb, the soapy note overshadows every malty/fruity details, and the body's surprisingly thin with simple sweetness from something that's definitely not natural sugar. So... Cherry flavored soap, that's what you get for $1,000 eight years later.

    READ the reviews about this bottle before you buy it, make sure that's the one for you, cause this is not right for most of us.

  5. prz22 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very good palate with strong coffee, chocolate, extremely short finish though.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Subtle but rich dark sherry, cacao, some spices, very good
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very dense, thick, intense, full of teas, coffees chocates, dark fruits aromats, great!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Disappointing length and intensity but still good flavours

  6. vonhofsten scored this whisky 58 points Member Senior

    This is just undrinkable. Taste like rotten wood, dirt and is completely bone dry.

  7. rampah scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Sherry cask gone wrong. :(
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is actually quite good: nice warm sherry notes, sweetness and fruits
    • Taste
      75 75
      Very bitter, way too much time spent in its cask.
    • Finish
      70 70
      Bitter soap, strange but not in a pleasant way.

  8. claymore84 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 07-17-2020 in networks.

  9. claymore84 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 07-17-2020 in networks.

  10. dram-drinker did not rate this whisky Moderator

    Strong soapy, flowery and medicinal off-note. The worst medicine you can imagine. That I won't rate as I tasted from a sample. Good for the drain. Really too bad.


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