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Overall rating 36 votes 88.21
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
The Perfect Dram
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
24 years old
Casktype
Refill Hogshead
Number of bottles
220
Strength
51.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
24 Jun 2014 4:16 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 159,00

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 23
Taste 22
Finish 23
Balance 22

Tastingtags

7 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
28 Mar 2017 11:04 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 89 points

[March, 2017]  Today I am curious to compare the new Glen Garioch style (after the last whisky crisis) based on this very nice bottling versus the old Garioch style (distilled in 1975 before that crisis) based on a Moon bottling https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/4105/glen-garioch-1975-mi .

Colour:  The Moon is around 2-3 shades darker than the much longer matured TWA.

Nose:  The Moon has a quite shy nose that is very complex on a lot of different aromas mainly on honey, fruits (oranges, apples) and some very fine peaty notes.  The TWA is stronger in the nose due to its higher abv of 51,4% with again honey and fruits (lemon, apples) but almost no peat at all.  So it is a comparable profile (no wonder as the stills are still the same) but with a significant difference in the peat levels.  Nevertheless both are very nice and I vote for a draw.

Arrival:  Very bold and instantly mouthcoating with the Moon, a little less rich but very creamy with the TWA.  The TWA's heavier alcohol level demands its toll on the tongue with some hot moments.  But due to its incredible boldness the Moon is the clear winner in this round.

Body:  The TWA adds to the honeys and fruits some medical notes (eucalyptus, antiseptic) that get a little bitter over time. The Moon stays smooth but with a significantly stronger peaty profile (than in the nose) that is nicely imbedded in the sweet malt sugar and honey base and topped with delicious exotic fruity flavours (a hint of banana besides all the citrus).  The Moon takes this round again due to its higher complexity and greater harmony of all the flavours and aromas.

Finish:  The TWA's finish is substantially longer than the Moon's and it adds surprisingly some new flavours to the party, most prominently lemon grass.  The Moon simply extends its beautiful mouthfeel into the finish what is great, but too short (for me).  So here the TWA is clearly better.

Surprisingly the distillation profiles are quite similar (except the peating level) but this will change during the next decade.  So probably the setting at the end of the crisis remained unchanged from the seventies whisky boom and it was changed at a later point in time.  I will check with later releases...

But nevertheless the Moon is the clear winner in this head-to-head despite almost 10 years less maturation time.  Could bottle maturation possibly played a major role here?  Not sure, maybe it was simply the peat that transformed the spirit into a more mellow and smooth dram...

Weighted Rate
88.8
Nose
91
Initial taste
88
Body
89
Finish
90
Price
87
Presentation
85
There is no accounting for taste...
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
13 Jul 2016 8:21 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 88 points

A great nose on this one.

Weighted Rate
88.4
Nose
92
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
87
Price
88
Presentation
86
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
13 Jul 2016 8:13 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose
That is a nice nose, sweet lemon and honey a bit like a sweeter Lemsip cough remedy.
There is also double cream, brown sugar and very faint vanilla.
Taste
Creamy and spirit together but there is a little bitterness on the tongue.
It gets sweeter on grapefruit, lemon and apple with lemon sherbet sweets
Finish

Long and pleasantly satisfying

Comments

This is very good my only negative is that it is a little dry and slightly bitter but overall very drinkable.

boborban
Expert Senior boborban Note
02 May 2015 4:37 pm
boborban gave this whisky 91 points

Serge

Glen Garioch 24 yo 1989/2014 (51.4%, The Whisky Agency, The Perfect Dram, refill hogshead) Isn’t it great that the Agency could find a pre-1990 cask! Colour: white wine. Nose: well, it seems that there were still echoes of GG’s former mineraly, if not smokiness. In truth, this is very mineral and quite medicinal, and notes of chalk, aspirin tablets, limestone, eucalyptus and antiseptic do abound. After a few minutes, we find more apple and walnut peelings, as well as an unusual ‘grassy’ smokiness. Garden bonfire, broken branches… The whole is quite austere, but it’s got some great character. With water: some dry barley and other grains come out. Smoky porridge, perhaps? Mouth (neat): all the fruits that weren’t in the nose are here, together with a perfect old-style-ness that would involve raw wool, chalk, ink, grass, even vegetables, walnuts… The medicinal side is there too, but it’s rather more discreet. With water: yes, grapefruits and limes. Great bottle. Finish: relatively long and beautifully lifted by citrus and lemony grasses. Not just lemongrass! Comments: I simply say ‘kudos’. Not a style/expression of Glen Garioch that’s easy to find as a new bottling anywhere else these days. Right up my alley! SGP:463 - 91

rottendon
Connoisseur rottendon Tasting note
11 Apr 2015 3:46 pm
rottendon gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Der braucht Zeit im Glas. Anfangs nur ein leichter Zest und etwas Malz. Später kommen florale und Kräuternoten dazu. Etwas Butter und Karamell. Der Zest bleibt. Der Alkohol sticht ein wenig in der Nase. Jetzt kommen Fruchtnoten dazu. Orangen und weiße Trauben. Mit Wasser geht der Zest, die floralen Noten werden stärker. ‎

Taste


Sehr süß, Honigtopf, kaum, eigentlich gar keine Eichennoten. Mit Wasser nicht mehr ganz so süß, jetzt ist auch die Eiche da.‎

Finish

Auch im Abgang sehr süß und eher kurz.  Mit Wasser deutlich länger und herber.

Comments


Ein eher einfacher, sehr süffiger Malt. Mir persönlich einen Tick zu süß. Gewinnt aus meiner Sicht mit Wasser deutlich! ‎

Gruß von hier...
u485tfu
Member Senior u485tfu Note
08 Apr 2015 10:11 am
u485tfu gave this whisky 81 points

Geruch: zunächst Klebstoff, leicht stechend, später dann kommt Süsse, Blumen, Frühlingswiese, Grapefruit, Riessling Trauben.

Geschmack: leicht stechender scharfer Antritt, dann Citrusfrüchte, leichte Eichentöne, elegante leichte Süsse, (Kokos)

Abgang: Ein hauch von Eiche (leicht bitter) der nicht stört und ganz langsam im Rachen verschwindet, sehr elegant nach edler Zartbitterschokolade

Geamteindruck: feines Tröpfchen nach dem Essen, die eleganten Bitternoten muss man aber mögen. 

Note: 81

 

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Jean-Brice
Expert Senior Jean-Brice Tasting note
26 Oct 2014 10:59 am
Jean-Brice gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Austère et minéral. Quelque chose de Clynelish..

Taste

Un petite fumée, minérale

Finish

moyenne

Comments

Profil très intéressant même si peu complexe

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