Glen Garioch 1997

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage Batch 12
Calculated age
15 years old
1st Fill + Refill ex-Bourbon Casks
56.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Travel Retail
Added on
29 Oct 2012 7:43 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 84,20

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 1997

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.43 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Wow. I had no expectations going in, and the WB score also didn't get my hopes up, but this is excellent. My favorite modern (i.e., unpeated) Glen Garioch so far. I'm buying a bottle as soon as I'm done typing this.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Huge presence on the nose, very intense, plenty of character. The muscular, angular GG Higland profile comes through beautifully. Quite a bit of spirit sulphur with meaty and flinty associations. Great balance between cask and spirit. Zero alcoholic bite on the nose, even at this high strength. Orchard / summer fruits, with plenty of pears and grapes. Soft, creamy, rich vanilla tones, plasticine, paraffin, peanut oil, freshly starched linen. Also some mouldy / dunnage / damp cellar associations and a dusty / dry / mineralic aspect. Multi-layered and rewarding, outperforms its age bracket easily. Great job on cask selection and blending...
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very concentrated w/o water, with a waxy-oily mouthfeel. Initially juicy / acidic, then chalky / gravelly / mineralic, and finally warm and mellow, with associations of sun-parched hay and late-summer corn fields. More bite on the palate than on the nose; this one can use some water. Becomes sweeter then, and more rounded. Restrained wood throughout alongside the typical tart GG flavor.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sweet and tart in equal amounts. Dry and elegant without any overt oak notes: it's rather the mineralic and earthy character of the spirit that creates the Impression of dryness.

  2. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very intense ex-bourbon barrel whisky, also good to drink on its own. With the exciting "dirty touch". If you like the 15-year-old "Sherrykracher" by Glen Garioch (ID: 72508), you'll find the appropriately "dirty" ex-Bourbon barrel counterpart here.

    _With some water_, the malt is expected to be a little sweeter, both in the nose and on the palate. Remains, however, even in the finish, intense and spicy-grape; Say hay, herbs and saltiness remain. A strong ex-Bourbon barrel Highlander, which can be calibrated to a personal taste with a little water.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Grassy, hay, intense. Slightly smoky, very soft sulfur. The typical grape fruit from Bourbon barrels remains in the background for the time being. Dirty. Earthy.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Strong, hay, light smoke. Grasig, it comes then a few Bourbonfass grape flavors. Marjoram, oak. And again some nice "dirty flavors", towards "damp wine cellar dust".
    • Finish
      90 90
      Remains in the end with the intensive hay and grass flavors, supplemented by some grape. The light sulfur from the palate is completely gone, even the smoke is in the background. The seasoning stays. Earthy.

  3. Noface83 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Great old Glen Garioch style with sparkling clean Bourbon character and neat (for some sure too much) wood.
    I like it really good but the ingenious nose is not quite reached in the taste.
    You can play with water - but you do not have to. Time is more important!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Typical earthy / vegetal and very light smoky 90s GG-note, pencil marks, a lot of vanilla, light acidity, pineapple and subtle plantain, with time other bright fruits (pear and apricot), oak is already there with some slightly wet wood and seasoning, the alcohol is initially also very volatile but luckily with time.
      With water more fruit and vanilla - now also honey. The earthy flavors go back a bit.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Surprisingly mild and creamy, toffee and vanilla, a hint of smoke and old oak, again a nice bright fruit mix, oh back there is now a huge spice with pepper and bitter oak.
      With water even creamier, caramel candy with banana kernel. The spice to the rear and the oak but remain violent.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Warm, dry, mineral, charred oak and vanilla - fierce but quickly fading away and pleasantly relaxing in medium-length finish. The dry and bitter wood note dominates to the rear.
      Here, water does not change anything.

  4. davidloosli scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Finish is too bitter
    • Nose
      Bubblegum, strawberry yogurt, a lot of vanilla, mint, a light grassiness, freshly cut wood, pastry with vanilla; with water: milder, oranges, sweeter, walnuts
    • Taste
      Sour, Lemon concentrate, austerity in the background, gets more orangey, a bit earthy / smoky, unripe kiwi, light chili bite; with water: more austere, artichoke, grapefruit
    • Finish
      Strong black tea, bitter walnut, dry orange candy; with water: less bitter, smokier, Lemon zest

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    Back to basics: a recommendation from Norbert who [whilst being very concerned about the shape & direction of my improvised flight], recommends this GG to me under the banner term ‘new skool’ – in an attempt to re-calibrate my palate! I didnt have the energy to tell him id been priming myself for weeks, and today im letting my hair down. Anyway, intentions were honourable, thinking was good – lets embrace it.

    N: So, what have we? A dense/hard, fusty sour>sweet grapefruit>pineapple bark spirit that devours bourbon casks like Pac-man on heat. More dunnage-y bourbon with water. With time, the hard shell cracks a little to release a ray of sunshine in the form of a light [yellow] flora=fruit=vanilla sweetness.
    T: Even with plenty of water it bites with a peppery attack. Needs plenty of softening time [days/weeks] for a putty ever-green to emerge, but the young components and high abv arent going to make this overly joyous and its never going to budge from its bitter-sour citrus stance. Spicy [chilli]<pepper forever lingers, though pleasantly so.
    F: In relation to the astringent/intense mouth, its all down hill from here [in a good-bicycle kind of way] – freewheeling with sour-savoury bourbon-grapefruit-clay, puncture repair chalk, green sticks and raspberry leaf tea.
    C: Its clear what style Norbert likes: hard, straight ahead and no funny business – spitting image. Better not order the Springbank ‘Red’ just yet then.Scores a C+

  6. WhiskyCask scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    I have reviewed this whisky as part of a full Glen Garioch Vintage series at: http://maltandoak.com/glen-garioch-vintage-series-review-part-i-vintage-1999-sherry-vintage-1998-wine-and-vintage-1997-bourbon/

  7. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. pianoman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Pencil, dry earth. Bright fruits with a little vanilla. With water increasingly fruity. Light spice.
    • Taste
      Sweet. Bright fruits with some honey. Rather dry with a slight bitterness.

  9. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very delicious, beautiful Bourbon barrel whisky and its worth 60 €.
    • Nose
      very pleasant, clear, fresh-fruity, pineapple, pear, jelly banana, vanilla, in the background a light touch grass / tomato plant, with water you get even more Haribo bears
    • Taste
      Jelly banana in dark chocolate (mjam), honey, a lot of pepper, a little nutmeg
    • Finish
      long and spicy, peppery and still banana

  10. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86


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