Glen Garioch 1990 Arc

Overall rating
Single Malt
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
First Release
Stated Age
21 years old
Number of bottles
54.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Jan 2012 3:05 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 69,95

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117 × member ratings

85 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 1990 Arc

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.45 points

  1. UisgePunk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    great nose, bread, fresno, sheepherders, a basque bakery, hints of apples, some almost ripe banana, a little pepper-white. bagels come back after a few minutes, yeasty, doughy, malty, love it so far, simple no oak which to me is GREAT!! mouth is waxy, grassy, more pepper, taragon mint and menthol tobacco, does it even need water...? Water sharpens the blade, citrus lemon lime not quite ripe mandarins, a touch of waxy oiliness to lengthen the finish, a precise malt. Undiminished by heavy oak bludgeons, love this style. I wanna preach anti-oak slogans but not gonna, this malt walks the talk. The simplicity keeps it below the 12 yo OB although that simplicity is divine.

  2. gerardsmike scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  3. Guntis scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. Daan Tje scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. BeatF scored this whisky 83 points Moderator

    Spritige affair, but warming ... apple and vanilla, thus similar to an apple pie. Bitter, not very noble, but not distracting.

  6. Fight65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A dram who could not convince me despite his age. Weak body and too sprightly!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. molar3rd scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sweet , ginger, cloves honey. Plenty of wood spice. Old wood benches. Apple and pear.

    Palate: enters smoke. Much more than felt in the nose, with hint of peat. Big palate, with the fruit and bitter wood. An alcohol bite, and some cereal and honey liquor.

    Finish : Malt. Bitter coffee and a bit rough. Earthy.

    A bit harsh and bitter, sort of a rough one, which makes it nice but not quite there for me. Not my cuppa.



  8. barryfox915 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Gold
    Nose: Floral to very floral, oaky and slightly fragrant, with a
    touch of smoke
    Taste: Oaky, floral to very floral, slightly rough, on Ricola
    candies and a good dose of vanilla. Waxy and slightly resinuous. The finish is
    medium, oaky to very oaky, floral, with some violet and a lot of vanilla.
    Diluted, the finish becomes shorter, more waxy, with a twist of
    Impression: A correct whisky, but it seems like the oak are silenced
    the whisky flavours. Too much oak for me.




  9. boborban scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Glen Garioch 21 yo 1990/2012 (54%, Archives, hogshead, cask #252, 267 bottles) Colour: white wine. Nose: this is different. Starts on a lot of ultra-fresh butter as well as the expected sootiness, then more ashes, grass and many things burning. Pine wood, cardboard, oak, leaves and, maybe, peat. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not smoky whisky as such but, well, it’s pretty toasty. With water: more lemon juice this time, tart apple juice, dry white wine (we had riesling, we had sauvignon, so how about dry chenin this time? ;-)) Mouth (neat): I like this kind of acridness, involving many green apples and lemons as well as fresh walnuts and a feeling of spritzer. Sharp like a blade, as they say… With water: some ham now, that’s funny. And mint, eucalyptus… It really got wider. Finish: long, probably not as clean as some others because of these notes of ham or bacon (something slightly burnt), but it’s also rather more complex – although it’s no complex whisky as such. Smoky/ashy aftertaste. Comments: on par with the OB, I’d say, although very different. Or very pleasantly chaotic. SGP:463 - 86 points.

  10. ThS scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A fairly linear whisky, whose texture is greedy but quite poor in terms of aromas, and which suffers from this little bitterness that takes precedence over an all too erased.
    • Nose
      Sweet, round, sweet on milk chocolate especially, with a well integrated woody bitterness background. Some milk caramel and ground almonds. Toasted wood.
    • Taste
      Sweet round, sweet. True to the nose, but the bitterness of the wood (green wood, green tea) is accentuated rather unpleasantly in the long run.
    • Finish
      Sweet round, sweet on coffee with milk. Leave a hint of bitterness (licorice stick, green tea).


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