Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Directors' Cut
Stated Age
21 years old
Refill Hogshead
DL 10353
Number of bottles
57.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Aug 2014 5:39 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 158.47

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14 × member ratings

30 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 1993 DL

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.63 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2021] A quick review of a small sample...

    ...which seems to be a virgin oak maturation as the wood buries all the malt under its aggressive flavours. This is a classical "woodsky" which tastes more of liquid wood than of a malt whisky. Wood-heads might love this, which is okay. I am not a wood-head.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers a wood-driven modern style with the malt aromas in a walk-on role only. To be honest, my olfactory cells are not very pleased with these impressions and even after significant breathing time the malt does not dare to enter the spotlight. This smells rather like "wooden extracts in high-proof alcohol", and it is absolutely okay if you like it. I do not.
    • Taste
      82 82
      The taste is sugary sweet and wooden bitter, both quite extreme flavours. All other impressions hide cowardly in the background, afraid of being killed as soon as they enter the stage. This is what I call a "hit-and-run" dram where bold flavours hit the taste buds instantly but all others run away quickly. Not my kind of taste either.
    • Finish
      80 80
      The initial mouthfeel is hot and peppery with a moderate coating effect and some bitter-drying moments from heavy tannins of the wood. The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions but turns increasingly bitter-astringent. The typical finish of a "woodsky". Some water turns the dram even more punchy-woody (I do not like this at all!) and even a bigger splash does not make a significant difference. Sorry, I do not like this extreme-wooden style.

  2. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A malt that needs time to develop. Is on the palate and the finish in my opinion even more exciting than in the nose. With a bit of water, this Glen Garioch opens again and makes his whole diverse bouquet of flavors accessible.
    • Nose
      Reminiscent of a virgin oak malt in the first nose. Then follows something "ripe, straw-yellow sulfuriness", before the grape fruitiness takes over. Needs time and becomes more mature with time in the glass, "more open", decisively fruity. An ultimately very lively nose.
    • Taste
      Come fine and without too much alcohol. Gets sweeter in the mouth; the grape fruit flashes pleasantly. Then gets sharper, the 57.4% report, as does the oak.
    • Finish
      The finish is very slightly bitter; Oak. As you know it from the current Glen Garioch bottlings. Acts for a long time. Intensive.

  3. InbhirNis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Head-to-head tasting of 3 retail samples of early 90s Glen Gariochs.

    I found this one the best of the bunch. It does need water, as others have said, but once it's settled down the palate and finish stand out with a sparkling sweetness.

    Final ranking:
    #1 - Douglas Laing 1993 Directors' Cut 21yo
    #2 - Signatory 1990 Cask Strength Collection 24yo
    #3 - Douglas Laing 1991 XOP 26yo
    • Nose
      88 88
      Chalky to start, with a maltiness similar to the 1990, but it's certainly the most closed of the three when undiluted. Water adds yellow meadow flowers. There's no trace of smoke this time, but instead a rather delicate combination of apple tart with custard and almonds.
    • Taste
      90 90
      A strong, spicy attack - water is needed early on, at which it opens beautifully with an oily mouthfeel and sweet, sparkling apple juice. Complex but hard to pin down. A fizzy sensation emerges and continues into the finish.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and malty, with a pleasant sour tang.

  4. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    With a few drops of water , the malt in the nose is significantly sweeter, grape fruitier. Also on the palate much sweeter - a rather malty sweetness, the grapes are present, but keep in the background. The oak is now very far in the background. The finish is spicy again with oak and slight bitterness, the fruit remains present for a longer time. I like the malt better with a little water.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nice and fruity this one but its better with water as the flavours develop and the alcohol is tamed. Gets much sweeter with water, a candied, barley sugar type sweetness.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. BXpress scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior


    Reliable no-nonsense early 90s GG. Not surprised.
    • Nose
      Nice candied nose, kinda Haribo-like. Some marzipan, honey. Slightly sharp and dusty. Some banana and vanilla. Solid, rather harmonic even if there's nothing outstanding there.
    • Taste
      Still candied, more dust with hints of oak. Very clean and straight forward. Not much peat going on there. Maybe a tiny bit of austerity. Earthy with some twigs and moss. Still sharp, fresh and edgy.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Sugary sweetness, banana , lemons. Fizzy, oaky after taste.

  7. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Douglas Laing & Co
    • Nose
      Sweet damp oak, traditional boiled sweets with freshly baked gingerbread on the nose. 
    • Taste
      The palate shows warming scones with lashing of double cream, delicate spices such as star anise and green apples.
    • Finish
      The finish is zesty citrus fruits mingle with polished wood, vanilla cream and ginger.


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