Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
40 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
54.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
Added on
09 Oct 2014 8:57 am by WhiskyLovingPianist
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1379.31

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 1973

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.12 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    yes! I'm in heaven
    1st nose, 2nd finish, 3rd mouth

    yes, I had your BBQ sauce :) _________________________ Thanks for the tip .. well you know Thanks to Alasdair Dickenson for the sample
    • Nose
      sweet dark chocolate, dust, raisins
      that brings you straight into the past
      and awakens passion
      Salt, sea, iodine, silt
      salty smoke
      makes your mouth wet
      warm dark sherry with bursting raisins
      excites your desire
      a fine medicine note in the background
      arouses your curiosity
      spicy malt sweets and dark oak oak notes
      like a bittersweet foreboding

      a fantastic nose
      with everything you wish
    • Taste
      cool and noble start
      then salt & iodine
      Herbal medicine from ancient times
      a nice hot cloud of smoke in the throat
      with dark chocolate oak notes
      Bitter wood and dust remind you of an old canapé in the attic
    • Finish
      very long
      malty soft sweetness
      You taste the notes one at a time
      as if to sweep the sweetness through the malt
      Salty iodine mixes with dark dry sherry
      in the background the old bitter oak wood
      dark and heavy
      spicy malt sweets
      the sweetness of caramelized apples runs from your cheeks
      and blends pleasantly on your tongue with the oak

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    A dream of old-style sherry

  3. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    In the nose very similar to the drinky 18-year-old Macallans of the 1960s. Very strong after 40 years. Chili sharpness meets honey sweetness. An excellent malt. Tasted on 10.11.2017 (Wetzlar)

  4. Ciro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    (@ Ad, sample f. ?, 08.03.2016)

    N/T/F:  Needs NO WATER, over-ripe  fruits, VERY GOOD

    wee Little rubber note (92 otherwise)


  5. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Original Tasting Notes:

    Dark chocolate and dry oloroso sherry with plumand cherry fruit liqueurs. Balanced by toasted almond and subtle burnt smokiness. The palate is oily and mouth-coating with brambles and dry plum skins, and toasted walnut oil and tobacco leaf into the finish.

  6. torstenB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    This bottling gives a bit impression of Brora DL Platinum Sherry bottlings.  It definitely needs air to breathe, I didn't like the initial impression after pouring it. Might appeal to Brora fans.

    Overall a 90+ bottling. I didn' like the finish though
    • Nose
      green flavours, toffee, cough syrup, a bit farmyard flavour, rooty, maybe cherries, beef and game broth,

      the broth flavours tend todisappear after some time
    • Taste
      strong flavours of beef or game broth mixed with a herbal note,

      cough syrup again, a bit impression of chewing on old Mon Cheri toffees,
    • Finish
      mouth coating, i find a bit tannic of dry red wine.

  7. spigray scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    n: what a nose!!! just like old V.O.R.S. oloroso (or palo cortado?) , most complex
        and deep. all kinds of dried fruits especially prunes. some amarena cherries.
        leather, cigars, beeswax, balsamico , a little mint and a few almonds.
        and a good thread of smoke and horse stable.
    p: waxy to oily, very much on sultanas and dried prunes. a bit of cherry liqueur.
        dry to very dry oak offering cigar tobacco, coffee, cloves and allspice (pimento)
        benefits from a few drops of water.
    f:  long, warm, slightly bitter in the aftertaste

    comments: i really like it a lot and i just loooved the nose.


  8. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    n:wonderful well long-aged sherry character..waxy,dusty old books,fine old leather,tobacco,wet autumn's earth,dried mango
    with water opens nicely and myrrhs are added
    m:wax,sherry,peaches,bitter dark chocolate, best quality aged balsamic vinegar,best quality leather and old books,blackberries,dried fruits,top cuban cigar's smoke,earthy strong assam tea
    with water softens and sweetens a bit, with stewed or ripe rather than dried fruits,however the tannins get louder
    f:very long, waxy,dusty,buttery,some dried mango ,aromatic smoke and elegant tannins

  9. barryfox915 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Amber
    Nose: Thick, peaty, smoky, complex, slightly tarry, on game,
    leather, dried and dark fruits, sultanas, orange, some cocoa, becoming more
    fruity over time. Excellent.
    Taste: Thick, chewy, waxy, floral, complex, on
    pineapples, treacle, dates, dark and dried fruits, some old fashioned mineral
    peat smoke, becoming more tarry, as it stays on the palate. Complex and keeps
    developing over time. The finish is long, thick, waxy, rich, with some treacle,
    on peat smoke, orange, dates, some tangerine, tar, cocoa and some spices. There
    is a nice smooth and sweet peaty-tarry retroolfaction. Diluted, it becomes
    sweeter and fruitier with some tannins.
    Impression: I really enjoy the
    heavily peated Glen Garioch from the 1970s and this second old Glen Garioch for
    the Whisky Exchange from the 1970s is an excellent treat, with a nice
    old-fashioned style of sherry perfectly integrated with the tarry and mineral
    slightly aromatic peat smoke of Glen Garioch from that vintage. I wished the
    price was closer to the 1971 version for The Whisky Exchange. In any case, an
    excellent and well made whisky.




  10. boborban scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    SergeGlen Garioch 40 yo 1973/2014 (54.3%, OB for The Whisky Exchange, sherry butt, cask #4297, 138 bottles) Another coup by TWE! As much as you may celebrate a renaissance with a 15 yo, the bigger Glen Gariochs used to come from the 1960s and early 1970s, when the spirit was peatier. 1973 was also the year when the distillery was rebuilt by Bowmore’s Morrisons, so it was a kind of renaissance as well. Let’s see if this is a Mona Lisa… Colour: coffee. Nose: you just couldn’t not think of the heavily sherried official 1968s. A lost style. Dilute a few mint lozenges in some ristretto, add a drop of pastis, some Cointreau, some chartreuse, a little liquorice, a spoonful of the earthiest pu-erh tea, and just one crushed blackcurrant. And maybe a little pipe juice. It’s like watching an old Fritz Lang movie again. With water: the best use of water. Softer, better integrated, a little fruitier? Blueberry tart? Mouth (neat): which kind of concoction is this? Plenty of mint, walnut liqueur, heavy liquorice, Ricqlès mint cordial, soot, chewing the heaviest black pipe tobacco (Balkan style), eating earth, crunching brown coal, sipping heavily reduced guignolet (cherry liqueur)… Quite an experience. Will this take water on the palate? Not too sure… With water: it does. Fruitier again, cleaner, even fresher – but this is no fresh whisky – with again these notes of stewed blueberries. But it won’t make your teeth blue, which is an advantage. Finish: long, a little more tannic, which had to be expected. Black tea and red grape juice. Comments: I’m not sure, but this could well have been one of these very rare genuine old solera butts. It’s probably not technically perfect, but this is whisky AND History. I haven’t seen a new one in this style since five years of more. SGP:473 - 92 points.


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