Glen Garioch 1978

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
33 years old
Number of bottles
54.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
World Duty Free Glasgow
Added on
25 jan 2013 8:06 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky
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Average value

€ 410.00

Whisky reviews for Glen Garioch 1978

3 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.33 points.

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  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2020] Another randomly pick out of my samples library for this year's advent calendar but given all other tasting notes here on WB and the picture of a bottle with a much paler spirit's colour there might be a labelling error with my sample because...

    ...the sample I picked is a true sherry monster! Starting from the very dark colour over to the wine-driven nose, the bitter-astringent mouthfeel and the lush winey-wooden taste everything of this dram reminds me more of a high-proof old sherry than a malt whisky - but to be honest: It is delicious and enjoyable. This stuff is not made to be quaffed in larger measures but it is fun to a small dram from time to time - a very good choice for an advent calendar.

    PS: Anyone who tries this dram and cannot comprehend the "sherry monster" please leave me a short message, I am too curious about the potential mislabelling...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is very dark at brown sherry and the nose offers a rich old-style sherry profile with still some malt aromas surviving this heavy wall of wine flavours. The wood is firm but not dominating so this truly is a good sherry monster's nose. No flaw or off-note that I can find but certainly this is not balanced - but I do not care as long as it is such a fine old oloroso sherry profile. It is very enjoyable to sniff provided you like heavy sherry dominance and from time to time I do, like tonight.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is that of an old sherry monster too with lush winey-wooden flavours rolling over my taste buds in different waves. The malt flavours are completely overwhelmed by the sherry and wood but after some chewing they send shy vital signals, worth to explore. Nonetheless, this tastes rather like a thick and high-powered sherry wine concentrate with a strong wooden backing than a single malt whisky. I like it, but I do not ask for a second dram tonight because this profile is simply too spiky and uncompromising to my taste buds.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming but not very much coating with a significant but not unpleasant bitter-astringent side of heavy sherried tannins. The wood is a borderline case in this dimension so an earlier bottling would have been better, no doubt. The finish is medium to long with again a bitter-astringent side which is not as strong as with the first mouthfeel, maybe my taste buds adapted to this in the meantime. Water helps to unlock some more malt aromas and flavours but at the same time this dram looses a fair share of its charm as a "sherry monster". I like the neat dram best.

  2. artois scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Strong individual taste and smell.
    Light smoke ... very long aftertaste

  3. bull10298 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is the oldest expression of Glen Garioch to be bottled as part of their
    partnership venture with the World Duty Free Group, and is exclusively available
    from their Glasgow Airport store. The American oak cask was filled in November
    1978 and matured for 33 years being chosen for bottling on 16th August 2012.
    Relatively muted on the nose, with soft fruits and a hint of aniseed. A dusting
    of icing sugar after a while. A big mouth-feel in contrast to the nose, with
    rich plum notes, vanilla and then coal. Big and burly. The finish is dry, with
    coal dust and citric spices. Available only in Glasgow Airport.



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