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Overall rating
82.75/100
votes
738
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010496002186
Added on
25 Sep 2010 12:53 pm
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 41,50

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1532 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 12-year-old

84 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.75 points

  1. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A great representation of an older style of single malts, with its very subtle peat and bold, slightly challenging, complexity. Without water, the malt quietly lingers on the palate for a long time. A bit of water sweetens the nose and palate, and makes the notes more distinguishable.
    • Nose
      A touch of sea salt, dried fruit (raisins, apricots, and pineapple) and oak, malt and citrus peel, nutmeg and freshly cracked pepper, honeysuckle, vanilla and caramel, sweet cream and fresh strawberries and blackberries, and an earthy leaf-litter note.
    • Taste
      Malt and sweet citrus, baking spices, oak and char, smoked dried fruit, smokey caramel, and a touch of peat, ginger, and licorice.
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate and smoked almonds, smoke-infused malt, a hint of smoked preserved meat and dried fruits, a flash of basil, and oak tannins.

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Old-style whisky. Straightforward, apples, beautiful oak notes and minimal sherry. The whole very balanced, round and with a lot of "wums". OK then.

  3. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Great nose, strong and pleasant mouthfeel, for me a somewhat one-sided bitter finish.
    83 points, with a balanced finish it would have become 85 points.
    • Nose
      From a blind tasting.

      In fact "light", but nicely varied: malt, some honey sweetness, fresh citrus notes, vanilla, with (herbal? -) seasoning. By the time I think of dark fruits - raisins and plums - to find.
    • Taste
      Oha, at the beginning almost spicy and peppery on the tongue. The longer it is in the mouth, the more the fruity notes come through: now orange, a little raisin, honey, a hint of cough drops.
    • Finish
      Fruit notes and sweetness fade quite soon, leaving behind strong espresso and bitter notes that occupy the palate and tongue.

  4. Helgo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A very loyal and long companion. I think it's good that the standard OAs from Glen Garioch are filled with this high volume of alcohol.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. malthead-sven scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    good whisky with a decent portion of refill sherry barrels that fit 48% too, in taste lacks some pace. 83 p.
    • Nose
      slightly sherry, sweet, poppy seeds, candied sugar light grapes, hazelnuts, sugar beet syrup, a little floral, parsley, mint, then again fruity, rhubarb pie, fresh honeydew melon, roasted almonds
    • Taste
      slow in going but powerful, nougat, oak, caramel, no dryness
    • Finish
      medium-long and mild, but with spreading spice and oak, which spreads with a pleasant light bitterness, with a hint of nutmeg

  6. JFX scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
      Wet moldy cellar notes (I find this quite often in young sherried whiskies), red fruit, plum, vanilla - the mix of Sherry and Bourbon casks shows. Very typical and straight forward so far. Then it gets a bit spicy on curry powder and white pepper. The alcohol comes through - there's a bit of clear all-purpose glue (Uhu-Kleber for German-speaking readers), but it's decently integrated.
      From time to time a certain sweetness shows up - some kind of sugary syrup, maybe maple or sugar beet (as someone else suggested)?
      I don't really find smoke on the nose.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Red cherries at first. Then it becomes quite bitter, with nice tobacco notes, a bit of leather, soft smoke, pepper - for me this evokes faint memories of an old library, but it isn't totally immersive. Probably because no one really smokes tobacco in libraries and the other notes aren't that fitting either.
      The bitterness is a bit harsh at times and disrupts the overall experience.

      I have tasted this over multiple sessions. In later ones I also found salty pebble stones on the palate, as well as a peculiar sweet and earthy vegetable note... Carrots? That's a first.
    • Finish
      78 78
      The bitter tobacco stays for a while, the smoke and some mineral salty notes are still present as the taste fades away. Not totally unpleasant, but the finish isn't great.

      Comments:

      At the price I got it (34.99€) this is a fine Highland whisky. Certainly not a manufactured 'new style' Scotch. I found quite a few interesting notes, but overall the bitterness (and I'm certainly not opposed to these notes) doesn't work out great in this one. Props to Glen Garioch for bottling at 48%, I'm always happy to see OBs at 46% and above :)

  7. volker40sw scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    blind tasted on 04-14-2020. (84/86/86)

  8. gaboruso scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The sherry influence tends to vary from batch to batch. My first bottle was noticeably more bourbon-based, while the 1-liter-travel-retail bottling I have going right now is pretty "dark" in character.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Acidic / tart / mineralic in character. Lime zest, sour fruit gums, hay, chalk, gravel, wet pebbles. An austere style that may scare off the uninitiated. Well sherried, a lot of cask influence, pretty spicy. Pretty complex for a 12-year-old OB.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Intense, the strength works wonders at 48%. Great mix of tart fruit notes (lime, redcurrant), floral impressions (elderberry, lilac), and minerality.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Still on the tart/sour side. A bit uneventful, with oak galore.

  10. JungleDram scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

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