Glen Garioch 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 Sep 2010 12:53 pm

Average value

€ 43.65

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915 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 12-year-old

94 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.05 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. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Dionysus scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      76 76

  8. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    One of the better entry malts at a solid alcoholic strength. Too bad GG got rid of the slight smoke over the years.

  9. Jabarkas scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    A nice sherried whisky. I would give a higher score, but I dont prefer this type of scotch. It kinda reminds me of Glen Scotia 15 btw.
    • Nose
      Sherry, raisins, blackberries, honey, wood
    • Taste
      Sherry notes, caramel, honey, woody, dark chocolate, vanilla. Some bitterness and ashiness. Cardboard, dryness.
    • Finish
      Sherry, matchsticks, dry

  10. og187 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      creamy sweet, dried fruits, dried figs, sherry type, caramel
    • Taste
      84 84
      soft, sweet, spices, toffee, sherry
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium duration, caramelized, burnt sugar


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