Overall rating
87.39/100
votes
53
Whiskybase ID
WB55048
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Individual Cask Bottling
Vintage
24.10.1990
Bottled
23.04.2014
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber
7946
Number of bottles
243
Strength
57.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Alba Import
Market
de Germany
Added on
22 may 2014 9:29 am by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 96.90

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Whisky reviews for Glen Garioch 1990 DR

15 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.39 points.

  1. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Grass, mint, thin smoke, wax, cream, pepper, lime, tree bark. Aftertaste with grapefruit peel, sharp, enveloping. 22-22.5-22.5-22
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. DocF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    On the first nose like the first wine ever: fermented, unbalanced. With a little time: chocolate. Hmm. Well then, water should be at 57 revs anyway ... Yeah, the nose doesn't win prices either, straw, malt, resin, dry bark, hot, burning fire. It's going to be slow. Lime juice, charred orange peel. Peppermint. Block malt. Has almost something of old bottle flavor. In the mouth: soot, dry apples, dry branches and rotten bark, charred orange peel and brackish water. Lemon peel. Mouth-filling and halfway between smoke and the tangy, dry, fruity side. Finish: resin, hot burning fire. Peppermint and brackish water. Wet bark, undergrowth. Lemon peel. Later candle soot and some propolis, linden honey. Almost the best part, pretty long.

    Have I now listed the same flavors three times? Regardless, overall rather barrel-heavy, but in the bitter direction than the vanilla / caramel / ... direction. Good standard model from Garioch 199x with a large dilution reserve (I would not drink it pure and also would not want to smell it), for the 100 € used price of my bottle, it is not advisable to give it back. 88 points upwards, 90 should be possible if you fell.

  4. Vince' scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful and powerful ex-bourbon Highland malt with a hint of peat smoke, spices and herbs. Complex and malty, great balance. Highly recommended!

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Basically it smells like dry grass at first but then you notice some honey & lemon like a lockets cough sweet.
    The palate is pleasantly fruity and better if you add a little water, but only a little water is needed, this is not a swimmer.
    Slightly dry but the palate is really nice.
    The finish is a little hot at first but if you stick with it, the after taste is really nice, again on warm honey and fruit gum flavours/
    I like it.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. ARDBERG scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    5 cl sample.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Caramel, Vanilla, Alcohol, Dunnage.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Quince, Peat, earthy.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sweet, malty, fruity

  8. Ostfriese scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A great, multi-layered Glen Garioch with an in-depth of breath.
    • Nose
      First, I get strong citrus notes paired with vanilla in the nose, accompanied by the smell of a granary. It gets fruity, pineapple and peach, from the background comes the smell of a cigar box and old leather forward. Slightly mineral notes resonate in the background, is there cinnamon? An incredibly beautiful and complex nose!
    • Taste
      Again, a strong performance. Oranges and limes turn into a creamy grain note. A very present sweetness accompanied by honey, nuts and milk chocolate spread pleasantly in the mouth before spicy wood notes. A pleasant, well integrated smoke resonates throughout in the background.
    • Finish
      A nice finish! Long and intense with sweet, fudge, vanilla and coffee flavors. The smoke is even more intense here with hints of ash.

  9. 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 23-years old distilled in 1990 versus a 20-years old distilled in 1991 (WB id 36183).  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).

    [December, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review and score.
    • Nose
      87 87
      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
      89 89
      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.

  10. captain_k scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Citrus, malt, orange, vanilla, peach, minerals, chili pepper, banana and cinnamon. After a while grass and some peat. With water also grapefruit and more vanilla.
    • Taste
      Lemon, orange, peach, peat, peat, malt, chili pepper, leather and a little coriander. Water adds grapefruit and a little cigar.
    • Finish
      Peat, cigar, malt, orange and oak.

  12. Noface83 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Nose: oh that's different, Fanta-Milk (just Googling - I spotted in Japan and often drank there), overripe bananas, burned freshly cut herbs, with the time comes out a vanilla fudge note and some leather
    Taste: spicy and strong, salty, becomes creamier and a herbal bitterness gains the upper hand. This herbal note (almost like a herbal brandy) accompanies you through the whole long finish. A hint of smoke and a bit of honey tapping on but have almost no chance against the dominant herbal note.
    At first, water does not change anything in the nut, but in the mouth it becomes even fuller and creamier. The herbal note is softened and more fruit and honey comes through. Very tasty with water!
    Conclusion: very "different" but very delicious and complex. There is a lot to discover and playing with water is worth it.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. BXpress scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    sample.Interesting Whisky and definitely not boring. .
    • Nose
      Cinnamon, Coffee powder, a little floral, burned grass, parsley. Wool and Aspirin, now these two i have encountered quite a few times with Glen Garioch. Something between hot butter and milk. I tried to find some peat on the nose, but all i have found so far is a faint earthy note. Anyway, the nose is quite promising. Generic ex-bourbon cask notes like vanilla, apples, pears, honey are not very present here.
    • Taste
      Spicy, a little salty, quinces, leaves, all that accompanied by some great bitternes. Good mouthfeel. Something flowery (not perfumy). Waxy. Now some honey comes into the mix. Milk chocolate, walnuts.
    • Finish
      Quite long and dry. Wax and damp wood and walnuts again. Floral notes in the aftertaste.

  14. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very drinkable!
    • Nose
      sweet aroma, lemon, banana, cream, vanilla and leather.
    • Taste
      sweet taste, spicy and dry, creamy, leather, tobacco, sweet almonds, honey, hints of pears and slightly ash.
    • Finish
      long finish, sweet notes, vanilla and ash.

  15. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful Glen Garioch for a very fair price.
    • Nose
      Dense, compact. Dried apricot, vanilla, herbs and tobacco leaves, lemon balm. Ripe bananas, floor wax, oak. Expressive and deep. With water: fresh fruity (mandarin, apricot), fine smoke. Cereal notes, moist moss. Oscillates.
    • Taste
      Gorgeous sweet. Dense, powerful, full. Clear but appropriate ginger sharpness, first fiery, but is always rounder and creamier. Full. Fine smoke, lots of herbs and tobacco leaves, fir honey. With water: even sweeter, raisins, more intense-powerful, clearer ginger and the smoke is a bit clearer.
    • Finish
      Full, creamy-intense, spicy, kräutrig, fine vanilla. Slightly smoky. Forest honey. Medium-long, persistent. With water: even more expressive, distinctly smoky.

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