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Overall rating 74 votes 89.11
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Bottling serie
Berrys'
Vintage
1990
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
23 years old
Casknumber
7939
Strength
56.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010493036900
Added on
12 Oct 2014 7:27 am by Hare&Copper
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 136,22

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 23
Taste 23
Finish 23
Balance 23

Tastingtags

17 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
23 Oct 2017 9:09 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 90 points

[October, 2017]  Part two of my little new tasting project to find out if all Glen Garioch distilled in the early nineties really are above average or if I can find a below average sample.  Tonight two Berrys' bottlings in a head-to-head:  This 23-year old distilled in 1990 versus a 21-year old distilled in 1993 https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/65095/glen-garioch-1993-br.  I bought the 23y for 136 Euro and the 21y for 120 Euro both in July, 2015.

Colour:  The 23y is amber and shows a texture of late slow legs and sticky tears.  The 21y is significantly darker at russetmuscat and the texture shows even later legs that move a little bit faster than the 23y's ones and late sticky tears, too.

Nose:  The 23y offers a complex profile of grassy, herbal and vanilla-toffee aromas in a great balance, I like that.  After some minutes the vanilla-toffee aromas grow stronger and dominate the others, unfortunately.  The nose of the 21y is modern style sherry-driven with raisins, herbs, chocolate and dried fruits.  After a while of breathing it offers more forest aromas like wet duff and pine needles.  Nicely balanced too and I like it better than the 23y.

Initial mouthfeel:  The 23y arrives on the palate a little hot and peppery with a bold coating feeling and no distracting moments (really good!).  The 21y is warming and a little less coating than the 23y and has no distracting feelings either.  Here I like the 23y a little more.

Taste:  The 21y has this typical modern style sherry profile without any flaws that I can find.  It is quite complex and balances the sherry-induced flavours with the malty aromas and wooden notes in a nice way.  No, the sherry is neither dominating the nose nor the taste.  The 23y offers the typical "crème brûlée" profile of a Glen Garioch matured in bourbon casks that you either like or not.  I do like it because it is not one-dimensional but surrounded by a lot of spices, earthy and chalky flavours.  Nevertheless I prefer the 21y because of its more subtle and complex taste.

Finish:  Both own a (very) long finish without any bitter or drying moments.  The 23y shows more tobacco and lime notes that nicely counter the sweet vanilla-toffee flavour.  The 21y adds some sweet and sour sherry flavours to the finish that are quite interesting to explore, together with more spices.  A very different profile of the two drams again but both are great, I vote for a draw on this dimension.

Some water turns the 23y smoother and more approachable but be cautious as too much reduction flattens the great profile.  I like the 23y best when neat but I strongly recommend to experiment with water on that (if you have more than just a small sample at your hands).  The 21y offers significant additional aromas and flavours when reduced with some water and I like it that way best.  Again, do not add too much of it (but it will NOT turn the dram bitter as it happens so often with sherry matured whiskies) so playing with water is okay as long as you can raise the strength again with adding some neat whisky from the bottle.

Another two superb drams of early nineties Glen Garioch that I like even more than yesterdays' already pretty good A.D. Rattray's.   No below-average dram so far (after five different bottlings).  I am curious if it stays that way... 

Weighted Rate
90.2
Nose
90
Initial taste
92
Body
90
Finish
91
Price
88
Presentation
88
There is no accounting for taste...
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
04 Jul 2017 2:59 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 90 points

[November, 2015]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 136 Euro in September, 2015.

In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90.  My notes state a delicious and incredible complex profile with a very long finish.

There is no accounting for taste...
greg_0277
Expert Junior greg_0277 Note
13 Nov 2016 2:38 pm
greg_0277 gave this whisky 88 points

 L'alcool est très présent au nez, avec de fortes notes de solvant mais laisse transparaitre quelques effluves de fumé, café au lait, l'eau lui fait du bien. 

La texture est très huileuse, l'alcool est toujours présent en bouche, un peu trop même. Il ressort un léger côté terreux, du cuir et j'y trouve un semblant de cognac (rancio/raisin). Avec de l'eau, il prend une tournure plus axée sur le caramel, qui m'écoeure un peu.
 La finale est moyenne , plus persistante par le côté alcooleux que par ses arômes et un peu réglissée.
 Complexe, difficile,pas ce que je préfère mais c'est bon quand même
p4blo
Expert Senior p4blo Tasting note
19 Oct 2016 9:40 am
p4blo gave this whisky 92 points
Color
White wine
Nose

White chocolate and tons of yellow and green fruits - gooseberry, mango, kiwi, lime, apple. Some honey, cheesecake, vanilla custard and shortbread. Amazing.

Taste

Milk chocolate, toffee, honey, white currant, gooseberry, Slightly sweet, very fruity and perfectly balanced.

Finish

Very long with echoes of toffee and white fruits lingering on the tongue together with a delicate spiciness.

Comments

A hidden gem.

stefsel111
Expert Senior stefsel111 Review note
04 Sep 2016 9:56 pm
stefsel111 gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.5
Nose
89
Initial taste
90
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
88
Presentation
87
My Collection
squaadgras
Connoisseur squaadgras Review note
01 May 2016 4:22 pm
squaadgras gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90.4
Nose
91
Initial taste
92
Body
90
Finish
89
Price
90
Presentation
90
Hare&Copper
Expert Senior Hare&Copper Tasting note
09 Apr 2016 11:50 am
Hare&Copper gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Very earthy. Soft smoke. Walnuts. Cold tea. Leaves. Nice butterscotch. Some engine oil. Old workshop. Water brings out licorice root and fresh paint.

Taste

Lots of ginger. Quite woody - damp wood. Walnuts. More smoke. Some cold tea. Overall an earthy/rooty profile. 

Finish

Medium long. Licorice, damp wood, ginger. 

Comments

Pretty difficult whisky. But interesting.

Opeth83
Expert Senior Opeth83 Review note
20 Mar 2016 6:00 pm
Opeth83 gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.8
Nose
90
Initial taste
90
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
88
Presentation
90
JacobaEd
Connoisseur JacobaEd Review note
16 Mar 2016 10:19 pm
JacobaEd gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87.1
Nose
88
Initial taste
87
Body
88
Finish
87
Price
86
Presentation
85
My Collection
Rozenbankje
Expert Senior Rozenbankje Review note
13 Mar 2016 1:14 am
Rozenbankje gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.7
Nose
89
Initial taste
90
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
90
Presentation
89
My Collection

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