Glen Garioch The Renaissance

Overall rating
85.93/100
votes
230
Whiskybase ID
WB55988
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
1st Chapter
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
51.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L142264
Barcode
5010496004050
Added on
03 jul 2014 11:35 am by 404fred
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 111.61

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Whisky reviews for Glen Garioch The Renaissance

61 users have left 64 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.93 points.

  1. dapoinbua scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  2. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    08.04.2022
    • Nose
      Tangerine, orange, nuts, dried fruit, strawberry jam, caramel, honey, peach, apricot
    • Taste
      Apricot, physalis, passion fruit, strawberry jam, grapefruit, nuts, coffee, wood

  3. James.Braddock scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    fruity, lemon-heavy, some chocolate and spice. Overall ok, but it doesn't have to be a large bottle

  4. SebStar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Larry411 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Let this one sit at least 15 minutes for all the flavours to come out and coalesce.

    Non-descript berries and orchard fruits blended into butterscotch, black and white pepper, semi-melted vanilla ice cream, non-sweet marmalade, orange peel, some fresh flowers sprinkled with cinnamon, and the finish has a hint of smoked chili peppers. Black pepper stays through the whole experience, but tames into finely ground pepper in the finish, along with hints of the sweet and floral notes.

    The 4th chapter is sweeter, more elegant, and creamier, whereas this one is spicier with more citrus notes. I gave the 4th chapter an 89, but why pick one over the other when they're both great and offer different flavours and benefits?

  6. maltaholic scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    He has a beautiful color
    but it has dye. Pity!

    It smells nice and mild and balanced,
    nothing to feel from the 51.9%.
    A nice blend of wood and sherry notes.
    There's wood glue, chocolate,

    Oh fierce!
    Strong start!
    It washes all the juices in my mouth together.
    Very aromatic, with the woody barrel notes in the foreground.
    Also some vanilla, slightly fruity, like apricot.

    I mean, you could try that with some water too.
    Has a long, tart, woody finish.

    I like it very much.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  11. elipszis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Big opponent of this whisky is Glenfarclas 15.
    • Nose
      89 89
      sherry
      juicy sweet fruits:
      persimmon
      figs
      raisins
      fresh cedar wood
    • Taste
      90 90
      ginger
      toffee
      needed
      chocolate cream
      high alcohol levels are good
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium long
      spicy
      chocolate

  12. LittlePeat scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. dapoinbua scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    as i only had the 12 year old before i did not expect this to happen. a wonderful expressiom of glen garioch. filled with richness of ripe fruits, topped with a biscuitty sweetness. complex and delicious. highly recommended!
    • Nose
      90 90
      very round nose, ripe plums, sugar, sweet bread, vanilla cones, some tropical fruits, maybe guave? orange blossom. complex and beautiful. toast with butter, biscuitty. reminds me of deanston. the sherry comes through but not overwhelmingly.
    • Taste
      89 89
      rather dry and nutty in the first place. loaded with spices, nutmeg and cardamon. then the sweetness comes through and your mouth starts to salivate niagara style. not a candy sweetness, more one of ripe fruits. do i get some fresh french oak here? i think so. some water and time gives it more deepness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      rather short and bit gingery. did not expect such a short finish after the nose and taste. still a decent whisky.

  16. Derufus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  17. Odinson scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  18. Ninofdram scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. dramidaris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  21. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  22. DerDennis! scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

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

  23. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  24. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      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
      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
      Pretty long. A slowly fading reprise of the trademark Glen Garioch aromas that were first apparent on the nose. And apples. Lots of fallen apples. Dusty, mineralic, great balance between cask and spirit, no overt oak.

  25. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  26. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  27. Hvdree scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  28. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  29. Ed Radour scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  30. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm Nose 4/5 but in fact, 3/5 Mouth 3/5 Final 2/5 Whisky n ° 1625
    • Nose
      Pot pourri, hazelnuts. Elegant and balanced. Ripe plums. Evoke something fat. Very interesting ! With the opening, it is somewhat trivial on the toffee.
    • Taste
      Attack rather on honey, the end of mouth is rather, she, bitter. The spices are well dosed in hyphen, with sherry a little "moldy".
    • Finish
      Malt, but you lose your balance, tending towards a bitterness that is too strong and bad.

  31. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A good Glen Garioch, nice sherry / bourbon and sweet / sour ratios.
    • Nose
      Sherry, vanilla, honey, caramel, apple cider, peach, orange peel and spicy oak.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Honey, orange, peach, gooseberry. Spicy oak. Touch of sulfuric smoke and ash.
    • Finish
      Medium length, spicy, ashy.

  32. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    (Blind PWC of 21/10/17) Happy to have tasted it blind because I was leaving with a small priori on this whisky. Finally a daily tram well done in the tradition of what Glen Garioch does.
    • Nose
      The nose is marked on the Sherry. There is butter, vanilla and caramel.
    • Taste
      Light attack but it rises quickly in the mouth. There is still caramel, dried fruits, spices and a little herbaceous side.
    • Finish
      A medium and classic finish on spices, oak and vanilla.

  33. Noface83 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Nose: has similarities with the 12er - but seems more mature and more sherry stressed. Red fruits, toffee and honey, dried fruits, apricot dumplings, orange peel and sourdough bread. A really "rural" whisky. From the oak join some pepper and nutmeg. The alcohol is not optimally involved but hardly bothers. He rather brings in a fresh mint note.
    No sherry bomb (there is the 15 Oloroso) but incredibly rich in flavors and I always have the picture of a richly set for the dinner table in a country house in the head when I smell it.
    Taste: strong but also somehow buttery, a lot of malt and toffee, again red apples and honey, cereal with dried fruit and orange zest, the finish is then really spicy and Pfeffrig with clear oak and a touch of coffee. In the end, it lacks a bit of length and variety.
    Very good whisky that could really be described as Scottish "country wine". They're on the right path with Glen Garioch. Only the price is a bit too ambitious.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  34. 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.

  35. Zoltavar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  36. vojt466 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very good, of course it is the price :)
    • Nose
      Ripe tropical fruits, apricot marmalade, honey, light wax, cooling menthol, ginger, later woodiness.
    • Taste
      Firstly, apricots, then the bloom of apricot, followed by a distinctive fruity sweetness of apricots and oranges, combined with an increase in malt, cocoa and later acidity of citrus. Enhancing pepper spice. Naturally, with this power, alcohol and alcohol are already present.
    • Finish
      It dries fruit and strengthens the taste of malt and light bitterness combined with pronounced spiciness, and occasionally there appears a little lemon - long.

  37. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Dry and slightly sour. Old raisins, nutmeg, red apple. Some pepper. Fresh flowers and honey.
    • Taste
      Dried fruits, flowers, honey. Then spices and milk coffee.

  38. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Dirty, brackish. Salty toffee, fig, bread, apple and minerals.
    • Taste
      Toffee, bread, gooseberry, apple, sulphur and smoke.
    • Finish
      Toffee, apple, smoke and chestnut.

  39. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very round, delicious and almost dangerously tasty malt, despite the spicy notes. Creamy, full mouthfeel with a great mix of all categories, fruit, acidity, pungency, oak, dryness, creaminess. Much to discover and the pure quality for me definitely on a par with the much-hyped Sherrybömbchen, the mixture with Bourbon makes it but mostly synonymous I think.
    • Nose
      Cinnamon, apple pie, orange, a few baking aromas in between, nutmeg, a little pepper, nice savory, but not too crisp oak in the nose, black tea, Scottish toffee, a little brown sugar in between, a nice but a little bit of starch restrained nose
    • Taste
      Ui, nice creamy with fine spicy hotness, that pleases directly. Sweet malt, orange with shell and nutmeg / pepper / cinnamon sprinkled over it, fine spicy oak but fits well, ginger jam, red apple, vanilla and honey
    • Finish
      The spicy oak remains with clear orange and nutmeg, very delicious aftertaste, which is certainly one of the best in the last 20-30, later a bit citrusy acidity in the mouth, medium to long

  40. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  41. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a fine dram, especially on the palate.
    88/100
    • Nose
      heather honey, dried fruit (sultanas), apple pastry. it´s also slightly spicy on allspice and black pepper. the oak is obvious but not dominating the spirit. hints of vanilla
    • Taste
      creamy mouthfeel, nicely balanced. maltier than the nose suggests,
      bitter orange jam and a nice spiciness. a good punch but not aggressive at all.
    • Finish
      long and spicy

  42. Pikehunter did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Distillery note;

    Rich Highland toffee, creamy butterscotch, chocolate ginger biscuits and tangy citrus peel lead to honey-glazed baked apricots and cinnamon-spiced orange interlaced with smooth malted caramel and barley sugar, with a ginger marmalade on warm buttered granary toast finish. 

  43. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  44. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Reminds me of the old 15 year this one, decent stuff but nothing to get you excited.
    • Nose
      Heathery and lavender, honey and strong toffee there are also a few glue notes. sweet smoke and there is some brine.

      After a while a few gooseberry notes.
    • Taste
      Quite full on the palate but there is some bitterness mixed in with the fruit

      Some honey comes through with mango & apple and there is also some sherbet fizz, pleasant mouthfeel
    • Finish
      Good medium length getting slightly sweeter.

  45. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  46. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  47. HunterRomario scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Warm, fine chocolate and caramel, spicy and malt. Occasionally, he looks out for sweet fruits, orange, lemon, cinnamon. With some water, it's softer. 85
    • Taste
      Without water, it's pretty good, I'd guess more percent of alcohol than it actually has. With water incandescent, it stops at the edge of bitterness. Otherwise it is spiced spicy, cinnamon and citrus. 85

  48. ViiniWinnie scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    A pretty attractive aroma from this drink. Very sweet and complex, meanwhile the taste is quite different from it, which expresses more dryness and woodiness from this bottle. As a combination of bourbon and sherry cask, the aroma is showing very ripened like tropical fruit meanwhile the palate is quite spicy. Anyway this is a nice and enjoyable Glen Garioch compare to the previous two reviews, and the best so far I have tasted from the Glen Garioch on shelf. It is suitable to have a wee dram of this Chapter at a winter evening.

     

    By the way, it is totally a rebirth of Glen Garioch for the unpeated version. I am really looking forward to the launch of the following chapters that hope they are as good quality as the First. -86points

    http://www.viiniwinnie.com/#!Glen-Garioch-The-Renaissance/c16ee/56d73fd00cf2cacdc42245b7
    • Nose
      Ripened apple, spiced pear, vanilla, sponge cake, french toast, butterscotch, cinnamon cake, bread pudding, ginger, marmalade. Sweet orange and citrus, tropical fruit comes out gradually from the later stage. Hint of savoury and toasted wood, hint of syrup and caramel. Very attractive and complex aroma, it has lots of characters with tertiary aroma, wonderful!
    • Taste
      Ginger orange, savoury, roasted wood and roasted meat, vanilla sponge cake, spiced apple, apple peel and grapefruit, pretty bitter and dry in mouth. There are also hints of caramel, dark chocolate and nuts (walnut / chestnut). Medium body.
    • Finish
      Medium to medium(+) length. Toast, roasted wood, spiced apple, apple peel and dark plum peel, nutty

  49. Helgo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nachverkostung from the regular's table. Medium long heavy finish with lots of honey.
    The nose could give a little more. In total, but quite successful!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  50. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      very delicious caramel note; Vanilla; Tangerine / shell; Fudge
    • Taste
      sweet with caramel and vanilla; strong; Honey; oily; chocolate
    • Finish
      warm; medium with honey and chocolate

  51. Peter87 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  52. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  53. Schreiraupe scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  54. molar3rd scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: malt, rich toffee, orange marmalade, pepper and spice. Vanilla and some stewed fruit too (apricot , pear and apple) and dried dates.

    Palate: oily mouth feel and peppery and spicy on entry then giving way to sweeter toffee and cinnamon, and caramel candy. Chocolate and orange peel. Sweet spicy and rich. Very rich.

    Finish: caramel , chocolate mousse. Truffle.

    A very smooth and hedonistically sweet dram. A brilliant after meal desert dram if there was any, Caramel, candy, chocolate you name it, this has got it. creamy as they come. and very very good. Way to go GG. looking forward to trying the new editions next year and the years to come.

    http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2014/09/30/glen-garioch-renaissance-chapter-115-yo/

     

  55. 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

  56. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Good stuff. Around 70
    EUR, which I will gladly pay to put this baby in my cabinet.
    • Nose
      The nose is
      surprisingly sweet and sour. On the one hand I get some nuts, sweet malt and a
      hint of oranges, upholstered with some cocoa and cold coffee; on the other hand
      it has a weird sour side that I can only describe as uncooked cauliflower in
      iodine. Something raw and medicinal. But it does work – quite well in fact. This
      is a very inviting nose.
    • Taste
      It is mouth coating
      and creamy and immediately very sweet. Oranges, roses, lemongrass, mint and
      baked apples, sprinkled with some cocoa. I have a hard time recognizing the
      nose here. Not that this is a must, mind you. But it always surprises me when
      nose and palate are so very different. Intriguing. Mild tannins make it
      somewhat dry towards the end.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite
      long on Seville oranges, cloves and pepper. It also offers something minty.

  57. barryfox915 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Old gold
    Nose: Rich, sweet, earthy, smoky, juicy, fruity, with some
    almonds, tangerine, orange, some humus, spices and some aromatic flavours.
    Rather thick and heavy.
    Taste: Very smooth, silky and waxy, warming
    pleasantly the palate, with some ginger, a hint of tangerine, some Christmas
    cake, freshly crushed barley, a hint of smoke and cinnamon. Complex and very
    well balanced. The finish is long, very smooth, warming, slightly waxy and
    aromatic, with a touch of leather, tangerine, malt, cinnamon, other spices,
    freshly baked bread, a touch of ginger and other complex
    flavours.
    Impression: The nose is nice, rich and fruity, while the mouth feel
    is surprisingly smooth, silky, malty, with a nice waxiness giving an unusual but
    most pleasant “warming” effect. Original, but very good!

    http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting25.html#Nov13

     

     

  58. boborban scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Serge
    Glen Garioch 15 yo 'The Renaissance' (51.9%, OB, 2014) This first ‘chapter’ is celebrating the latest ‘reawakening’ of the distillery, in 1997. Yes there had been several ‘reawakenings’ in the past, not unlike at several other distilleries, especially when those have changed hands several times. Yes, even Ardbeg had a Renaissance. Colour: gold. Nose: not too far from the 1992, except that this has more vanilla and more roundness. More Ovaltine too, toasted brioche, coffee, pecan pie… The slightly sour medicinal side is well there, just subdued. I find the whole very pleasant, while it’s not lost the distillery’s peculiar style despite a rather obvious sweet oak. With water: the sour notes come out more. Cauliflowers? But that’s within the style. Mouth (neat): rich, sweet, slightly oriental (orange blossom water, baklavas), then much more lemony/grassy. Lemongrass, a little spearmint, half an aspirin tablet, then rounder notes of tarte tatin again. I like. Good oily body. With water: the oak comes out a little more (tea tannins), as well as a little more mint. The Ovaltine is back too. Finish: rather long, with some tea, oranges, butter and a handful of violet sweets. Comments: characterful. Officials always add more wood (so to speak – not obligatorily doing Zellwegers), but this worked for sure. Much less peat than in the indie. SGP:551 - 85 points

  59. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Glen Garioch;

    Rich Highland toffee, creamy butterscotch, chocolate ginger biscuits and tangy citrus peel lead to honey-glazed baked apricots and cinnamon-spiced orange interlaced with smooth malted caramel and barley sugar, with a ginger marmalade on warm buttered granary toast finish.Showcasing Glen Garioch's deliciously different house style following its reawakening in 1997, this first chapter in a four-part story reveals the spirit's character at 15 years old - rich and full-bodied with fruit and spice.

  60. rottendon scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    An extremely elegant and multi-layered whisky that takes time to develop. It should not come in contact with water, it is just too delicate for that.
    • Nose
      The nose starts very tender with beeswax and panna cotta with caramel. A floral note hovers over it. In addition, there is something Marsala and a light touch that reminds of rubber or laundry. When heated, a distinct herbal note is added, as well as an equally clear fruit note that is reminiscent of Nashi pears, perhaps also some peach or lychee. The nose definitely needs a lot of time. After the first sip has passed through the throat, a clear touch of grape nut chocolate is added. Later in the empty glass are Bavarian Blockmalz candies.
    • Taste
      The fruit notes continue in the mouth and are accompanied by nutty roasted aromas and some pepper. The mouthfeel is very creamy, the alcohol perfectly integrated, very well balanced the whole thing. The second sip brings again significantly more fruit, apricots and mirabelle compote, as well as a distinct ginger note.
    • Finish
      Also on the finish, which is not all that short, you can still find the Nashi pear, along with nuts, chocolate and a clear herbal note. The oak stays well maintained here.

  61. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    while the smell starts more ordinary-pleasing, it crashes in the mouth neat - great, idiosyncratic whisky to long on Rumkauen, nothing for leisurely times in between
    • Nose
      sweet, slightly spicy-hot, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, cereals ... later fresh herbal notes, mint, eucalyptus
    • Taste
      herbal-bitter-sweet, cough drops, camomile, licorice, herbal drops, some pepper, chocolate - very intense and full-bodied
    • Finish
      long, licorice & herbal sweets

  62. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Complex and "old school"

  63. BXpress scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    it jumps from bitter herbal to sweet all the time.  still quite interesting and enjoyable. this one was really a challenge.

    also i had to pull of the cork and leave it open for an hour before it really opened up. it had quite a burned toffee overcoat in the beginning.

    88/100
    • Nose
      Nougat, slighlty floral, red apples , a bag of raisins ,black pepper and chocolate cookie dough
    • Taste
      Bitter, grassy, herbal, honey, a quite oily mouthfeel, a little citrus, aspirin, butterscotch and baked apple, some vanilla pudding.
    • Finish
      some burned sugar, plums ,honey ,very dry and very long, again some herbs (Ricola drops). green banana in the aftertaste.

  64. glenenz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A trully complex whisky with all kind of flavours.

    The nose is at first sweet barley with ginger notes and soft spices.

    The taste is as I said complex, waxy, ginger/sweet with a spcey edge a bit "old skool" kind of whisky I like so much. 

    The after taste is middle long, lingering with all kinds of the mentioned flavours.

    Great balance , great whisky. 

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