Glen Garioch The Renaissance

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
1st Chapter
Stated Age
15 years old
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
51.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
03 Jul 2014 11:35 am by 404fred
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 99.53

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch The Renaissance

57 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.94 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Quintessentially Garioch, with tart / sour apple aromas and an elegant minerality. Also a yeasty side and bit of wax and hessian. The sherried components are clearly discernable and there's some soft sulphur involved as well - no idea if it's coming from the spirit or the casks. Finally, some vegetal notes like cooked potatoes, beets and roots. I quite like this and would prefer it over the much-loved and well-sherried 15 y.o. for travel retail. It's less intense but more refined and complex.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet and sour, then increasingly honeyed toward the middle, with a lovely dusty / dunnage aspect. Thankfully, no sherry sulphur on the palate. Not spectacular, but really well-made and characterful. Gives you absolutely nothing to complain about. A whisky drinker's whisky, if that makes sense.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Pretty long. A slowly fading reprise of the trademark Glen Garioch aromas that were first apparent on the nose. Dusty, mineralic, great balance between cask and spirit, no overt oak.

  2. Koning scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is a very recognisable Glen Garioch, not too far from the regular 12 year old. Has nice depth and balance.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dulce de leche and a blue cheese, much like the regular 12 year old! Earthy notes like soy sauce, straw and coffee are nicely balanced with a fruity notes like apple syrup and redcurrants.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Full and creamy mouth feel with milk chocolate and a strange sensation of fried onions. Apricots and citrus fruits, vanilla biscuits and a slightly bitter spiciness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Starts on juicy citrus fruits with clear oaky and spicy notes. The fried onion from the palate and the soy sauce from the nose reappear, and a light smokiness lingers.

  3. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Glen Garioch is known to make great sherry bombs, but sherry bourbon cask compilations are also excellent. In direct comparison to the 2nd Chapter of the Distillery Renaissance, we are on the even more fruity side, while the baking and oak flavors are less pronounced. The 2nd Chapter may be a bit rounder and fuller; the first chapter juicy-fresh.
    • Nose
      The first nose of the Whiskynosingglas is characterized by very fine apricot fruit, oranges and a little warm crumb cake. The whole thing is backed by minty fresh, which is followed by a few bright grapes and green apples.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the Glen Garioch is very fruity, there are next to apricots and the oranges there and it immediately begins to spread a fine pepperiness. Now comes the Muscat trance.
    • Finish
      The finale is medium to long, the fruits with the sharpness aromas are now complemented by the, for Glen Garioch so typical, oak notes. A very fine fruity-spicy, oak-enriched finish.

  4. ASWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    nice fine notes, water would destroy mmh, I like them indeed
    • Nose
      a touch of black radish juice, nutty, with herbs, woodruff
      Cherries in salted water, mmh that is pretty salty and spicy
      this is fruit in the background and the salt note in the foreground
      a little different than usual
      a bit like saltwater inhalation
      the nose is very beautiful ... has character and yet is harmonious
      the longer he stands the more comes fruit and nut
    • Taste
      a smooth start and a wow in the mouth
      nutty and herbal nice mixture
      a very smooth mouthfeel with a great chilli catch in the mouth
      bright fruits, apricots

      megabreit wrote: In the mouth really a great performance, alcohol not superficial, soft and supple chocolate, nuts and fruit lay around the tongue, the whole thing then with hot beeswax

      a very independent exciting character
      not soft washed and not mainstream
    • Finish
      very nutty
      some chocolate
      always the herbs ... spicy and yet light
      no weight
      Green tea
      Nashi pear and baked apple juice
      Striking but not bitter
      Smooth woodruff sticks to the palate

  5. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Big opponent of this whisky is Glenfarclas 15.
    • Nose
      91 91
      juicy sweet fruits:
      fresh cedar wood
    • Taste
      92 92
      chocolate cream
      high alcohol levels are good
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium long

  9. LittlePeat scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. NorthCoast500 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The whole Renaissance series by Glen Garioch is - in my honest opinion - hugely underrated. All available for under 100 euros, its a must try or must by for all, who love a more than decent Glen Garioch.


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