- 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
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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
- 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.
- Spritige affair, but warming ... apple and vanilla, thus similar to an apple pie. Bitter, not very noble, but not distracting.
- A dram who could not convince me despite his age. Weak body and too sprightly!
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
Sweet, round, sweet on milk chocolate especially, with a well integrated woody bitterness background. Some milk caramel and ground almonds. Toasted wood.
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.
Sweet round, sweet on coffee with milk. Leave a hint of bitterness (licorice stick, green tea).