Glen Garioch 15-year-old

Overall rating
86.69/100
votes
128
Whiskybase ID
WB178070
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask Matured
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
53.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L162341
Barcode
5010496004319
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

30 users have left 31 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.69 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.

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  3. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    While the aroma can certainly be described as interesting and complex, if not consistently pleasant, the sulfur influence has a negative impact on the taste and finish. The early onset when getting the malt in the mouth is the best, but once the pungent tendencies of the unclean wood show up, it becomes difficult to extract any more positive flavors. Everything is muddled together, only occasionally the beautiful beginnings shimmer through. The finish leaves me with a bland taste and pulsating mucous membranes at the same time, which does not necessarily encourage me to take another sip. At least the aromatic bright spots that shine through again and again have a forgiving effect and save the overall balance somewhat.
    • Nose
      Ripe apples and overripe cherries mix with sometimes drastic sulphurous aromas, a whole pack of matches is lit at once, at the same time a lovely sweetness appears again and again in the direction of preserved plum compote, the rubber of the mason jar is already brittle and is on the verge of dissolving, Black Forest Cherry tart, hints of roasted coffee, the pleasant oaky aromas fiercely resisting contamination, an odd blend of violet and lavender notes and hints of rotten eggs wafting by in the background, as if a heavily perfumed person had let you go in passing, joined by echoes a slightly sour aroma of fermenting organic waste
    • Taste
      Sweet and sweet onset, plums and morello cherries, some forest honey, then comes the brittle gum, the barley tries to fight back with malty strength, but loses the hard fight, isolated pinpricks pierce the gums and the tip of the tongue, but now and then they come back Pleasant aromas emerge, wine gums, raspberry sherbet powder, dark chocolate, the pleasant sides are again pushed aside by the influence of sulphur, becoming earthy and bitter, at the same time fermenting sourly, some liquorice and oak
    • Finish
      Medium length, liquorice, again the slightly perfumed note, violets, a hint of lavender, dark milk chocolate, also nice malt recognizable, bitter impure oak aromas come to the fore, some vanilla, a rubbery and slightly bland aftertaste develops, sucked out ''juicy Fruit'' chewing gum, a slightly earthy note of celery forms the finale, after several sips the mouth begs for a break

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    ...a malt from the Highlands - 15 years of full maturation, a European oak - Oloroso casks - colour: full copper - what more could you ask for?
    ...a dream...
    • Nose
      89 89
      intense nose: heavy sherry, raisins, dates, prunes, nuts, nutmeg, cloves, spicy oak;
    • Taste
      88 88
      undiluted: oily, very voluminous attack, lots of sherry, dates, prunes, mocha, nuts, spices, tobacco, leather, spicy oak - complex;
    • Finish
      88 88
      long finish with sherry, cocoa, spices, dry oak finish;

  5. gordontsang scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    A friend recommended to me and I fell in love with this Glen Garioch 15 years old sherry cask matured . Especially after 2 drops of water the sherry aromas fume flushed out so wondrously . As of the Palate, there weren't any over astringent and tannins at all . I enjoyed throughout from nosing , Palate to finish.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Very pleasant and strong delicate smell of raisins , figs , prunes , fruity .
    • Taste
      90 90
      mild punch of ethanol , rounded body , silky web , sweet , winey , fruity tarts .
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long satisfactory finish , Merry ending . A feel of Christmas .

  6. blisss84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Dry, strict, overoaked

  7. 11insomnium scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Great in taste and value for money.
    Tasting 01/2018

    Nose: Full and deeply spicy sherry, sweet, alcohol present on the nose, dark fruits, spices and oak, complex and harmonious

    Mouth: Intense sherry, sweet, fruity, full, strong and deeply spicy, dark fruits and other spices, oily, bittersweet, oak

    With water: Light and fresh, fruity sherry, honey, citrus aromas, spices

  8. glenrob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. 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

  10. 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

    https://www.bordershop.com/dk/spiritus/whisky/skotland/glen-garioch-15-yo-sherry-cask-matured-highland-single-malt-scotch-whisky-537-2087616

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

  11. 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.

  12. El Bastardo did not rate this whisky 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 "Minischlücke", 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
      60 60
      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
      60 60
      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
      60 60
      Diluted to approx. 45%: spiciness on the tip of the tongue and subtle fruitiness with a little bit of sweetness on the palate.

  13. El Bastardo did not rate this whisky 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 "Minischlücke", 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
      60 60
      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
      60 60
      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
      60 60
      Diluted to approx. 45%: spiciness on the tip of the tongue and subtle fruitiness with a little bit of sweetness on the palate.

  14. WLUO scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. 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.

  16. Derufus scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  17. Ninofdram scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  18. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. LoverCop1989 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    From my point of view it has to be diluted a bit (approx. 47-48%). Then it opens up nicely in the mouth and fills it with so many flavors at once that you don't even want to swallow it. Overall very round and makes you want more.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry, very fruity, nutmeg, honey, slightly spicy
    • Taste
      89 89
      nutty, spicy, very fruity (a lot of orange), sherry, sweet, sultanas, some oak
    • Finish
      87 87
      sweet, fruity, nutty, some oak, no bitterness

  20. Vis2020 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Dark fruits, blackberries, blueberries, figs. Also notes of lavender and coffee.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Intense dark fruit. Dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length with blackberries and mineral notes in the end.

  21. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. Odinson scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  23. 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.

  24. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  25. Willum scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Bit of a dirty (sulphur) egde, cumin-seed cheese, ginger, sherry cask clearly, nuts, cinnamon, cherries, berries
    • Taste
      86 86
      hint of red pepper, small whiff of smoke, dark chocolate, raisins / sultanas.
    • Finish
      85 85
      drying, old antique furniture, ginger, leather

  27. hans1971 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  28. Sandman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Sample 3 of the ProefOlympics 2019 blind tasting competition.
    • Nose
      Zwavel, tabak, elastiekje, koffie, maggi rundvleesblokje, rozijnen, pruimen, blauwe bessen, chocolade, grapefruit en vijgen.
    • Taste
      Gemalen koffie, hint van zwavel, tabak, elastiekje, gember, rozijnen, chocolade, grapefruit, pruimen, hazelnoot en wood spice.
    • Finish
      Middellang tot lang, gemalen koffie, grapefruit, gember, donker chocolade, bosvruchten, vleugje tabak, gedroogd fruit en hazelnoten.

  29. 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.

  30. Pulteney83 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  31. 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.

  32. Tim-R scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
      Honey and apricot
    • Finish
      79 79
      Nice full body

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