Overall rating
86.44/100
votes
28
Whiskybase ID
WB36183
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Individual Cask Bottling
Vintage
18.09.1991
Bottled
31.08.2012
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber
4454
Number of bottles
238
Strength
54.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
12 oct 2012 10:27 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 78.90

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Whisky reviews for Glen Garioch 1991 DR

9 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.44 points.

  1. qzek scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    vanilla, exotic fruits, flowers, some smoke

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    White fruits and spice on the nose, the palate is all on fruit skins, peat and a slight soda taste.
    Plenty of spice on this one , green apple and wafer.
    Quite a long peppery finish that starts to get a little bitter and dry but within acceptable levels
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    White fruits and spice on the nose, the palate is all on fruit skins, peat and a slight soda taste.
    Plenty of spice on this one , green apple and wafer.
    Quite a long peppery finish that starts to get a little bitter and dry but within acceptable levels
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A refill nose but a 1st fill taste. With water it loses complexity and gets utterly bland, just sweet with a bitter edge. Score is without water. With water it would lose at least 5 points, if not more for me. Hmm, more!
    I think I would prefer even a Johnnie Walker Gold to this one with water. Or maybe I just have a bad grumpy day?

    At first I used 5 then 10 drops of water on 2 to 2,5 cl. Maybe not enough if I read hs305's comments. On my tongue today this dram had no idea how to swim and would have drowned. So good that tastes are different.;-)

    From a 5cl sample.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A refill bourbon nose, some yellow fruit and a slice of pear with a pinch of peat. Something is tickling my nose. Can't say what though. Pepper? Get's also leafy with a bit of air.

      With water: bland. One slice of fruit a galaxy away. Boooh. Don't do it.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A first fill taste. Very sweet, slightly malty but biff bang boom vanilla, some oak & earth. Gotta chew chew chew to find any fruit at all.

      With water: adding sugar would probably lead to the same result.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Malty sweetness then nothing else until the moon, then half a peach and a slice of pear. Medium long. Better take a good mouthful and chew chew chew until you reach Jupiter;-). Much better that way, other wise I lose the (fruity) nuances.

      With water: see sugar comment above.

  5. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Sample courtesy of hs305.

    Noise; vanilla, light grassy honey with a hint of malt. 

    Palate; hot with stronger vanilla, grassy with old honey Hard to pick-out much more.

    The finish is medium with a spike of intense musty honey maltiness.

    An okay dram, would need much more time with it to get a better handle on the nuance of flavours. 
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2017] Tonight I start a little new tasting project to find out if all Glen Garioch distilled in the early nineties really are above-average or if I can find a below-average sample. I start with two A.D. Rattray bottlings in a head-to-head: This 20-years old distilled in 1991 versus a 23-years old distilled in 1990 (WB id 55048). I bought the 20y for 76 Euro in May, 2015 and the 23y for 85 Euro in April, 2015.

    Two excellent swimmer and above-average drams when reduced to about drinking strength. If you drink all your drams as they are bottled you surely miss out the best of some whiskies and these two drams are a perfect example for this. So, do not fool yourself with a strict "neat only" attitude and be pragmatic with adding water (simply try it if a neat dram does not meet your expectations).

    [September, 2018] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old rating. Good stuff!
    • Nose
      89 89
      The 23y is old gold and the texture shows late sticky tears that very, very late build some slow legs. The 20y is one shade paler at jonquiripe corn and the texture shows earlier slow legs and tears. The nose of the 23y is quite punchy first (57,2% abv) and offers a light creamy toffee profile with some grassy notes. But certainly it cries for water. The same with the 20y: It is quite punchy and shy, too and offers a light grassy and herbal profile with significant aromas of beeswax. With water both noses open up a little and show more aromas but still they are quite shy. After adding more water the aromas enfold, finally. I like the 20y a little better than the 23y.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The 23y offers a rich profile centered around bold vanilla-toffee-caramel flavours with spices and herbs in a firm wooden structure. The 20y has a very different profile on fruity (citric), floral and herbal aromas in a very spicy wooden setting. Both are pretty good when reduced with a fair share of water (the 20y shows a delicious note of guava juice, I drink this juice almost every morning) and I vote for a draw despite the very different profiles. Water is essential on both drams - not just a few drops but a fair share (reduce them to about 43% abv). The hotness on the mouthfeel goes away and both the nose and taste open up and offer their true complex profile. This is good for a 2-3 points higher score than neat.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The 20y arrives a little hot and coating on the palate and without any distracting moment. The 23y is more coating and quite peppery on its arrival. Again no bitter or astringent moments. I like the 23y more. The 20y finish is long and vanishes very slowly with more sweeter and grassy flavours and neither bitterness nor drying feelings. The finish of the 23y is long on basically the same profile as is the taste (creme brulée with a herbal topping). Again I go for a draw.

  7. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    phew, this is hard to describe, but I like it a lot.
    sensational price!
    89/100
    • Nose
      slightly austere with paraffin, old coins, turpentine. does not sound  sexy but it is! after a few minutes it changes to very grassy and earthy with a wee fruitiness behind but it´s too fragile to really pin down certain fruits. moss and fern.
    • Taste
      a little sharp but very good. very much the nose. water soothes it a little, brings out some spices and a wee nuttiness. what sort of fruit is this? don´t know.
    • Finish
      long and spicy

  9. ahroeen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. boborban scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    SergeGlen Garioch 20 yo 1991/2012 (54.6%, A.D. Rattray, bourbon hogshead, cask #4454, 238 bottles) Colour: straw. Nose: this one is different again, this time with whiffs of oils and waxes rather than fresh fruits or straight smoke. Light olive oil and paraffin, putty, then grass and branches. The most austere, but once again, water may completely change it. Let’s see. With water: not quite, it remains austere, waxy, chalky and slightly grassy. Nothing that I do not enjoy. Mouth (neat): very excellent and kind of Clynelishy. An east-coast maritime side, wax, oils, citrons, lemons, lemongrass… Excellent mouth feel, the whole is chiselled and tense. With water: hurray! A drop of guava juice comes through, otherwise it’s superbly citrusy and waxy. Finish: long, with a bitter grassiness that cleans your palate. Comments: we’re well on the Pulteney – Clynelish – Glen Garioch line. Some train! SGP:462 - 89 points.

  11. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bottler`s Notes:

    Colour : Straw Gold.

    Nose : Honey, citrussy, vanilla and spices, Sultana, batter.

    Palate : Creamy & oily, spicy, hint of treacle toffee, fresh cake mixture, rum raisin, hazelnut.

    Conclusion : A complex cask from this Highland gem.

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