Glen Garioch 1997

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage Batch 12
Calculated age
15 years old
First fill s + 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

€ 86,21

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42 × member ratings

122 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 1997

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.08 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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+

  3. 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/

  4. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Had a blind sample of it, really liked it a lot. Thanks to Frida Birkehede for the sample.

    (Rating interval 86-90)
    • Nose
      Light, clean and fresh citrus, some really fresh grain and vanilla. Pear sorbet, green pear, honey and almonds. 
    • Taste
      Sweet and sour arrival with fruit and pear sorbet. It develops into more malty characters with oily texture. It becomes sweeter with icing sugar and sweet licorice but impressively counter balanced with bitter lemon. 
    • Finish
      Again spicy with white pepper, malt sugar, gentle vanilla and breakfast cereal.

  9. Helgo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Despite CS, a good Glen Garioch from the ex-Bourbon barrel without seeming particularly sprittig. I liked the previous batch a little better. The finish could be a little longer. Otherwise they do a lot of good with Glen Garioch!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. beachcomber scored this whisky 81 points Newbie

    Nose: Oak, lots of. Vanilla, slightly burnt white cake, bananas.Body: Tastes a bit like an angel cake, some sourness but quickly goes into intense, but pleasant bitterness. Bananas. Lots of oak spices as you would expect from a 16YO whisky aged in 1st fill bourbon casks.

    Finish: Sharp tanins stay on your tongue, prickling.

    Nice to see such an old whisky, cask strength, under 100$ (at least here). Glengarioch is a bit undervalued IMO, This one is not their best, but I think this bottle will gain value with collectors as NAS whiskies take over the market.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75


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