Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
21 years old
1st Fill Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
59.6 % Vol.
100 ml 700 ml
Added on
19 Oct 2014 3:19 pm by ted.striker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 211.15

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 1993 AD

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.99 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2018]  An addentum to 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 one.  This review is based on a 5cl sample. The colour is tawny and the texture shows many small tears that slowly consolidate to a sticky ring and very late fat tears without legs.  The nose is very punchy (59.6% abv) and offers a modern style heavy herbal-driven sherry profile.  I know some people like this a lot but to me it is too much herbal what drives the whole nose out of balance.  It arrives warming and somewhat coating in the mouth with minor peppery moments and a slight adstringent feeling from heavy tannins.  The taste is bold mainly on sherry-induced and stronger wooden flavours that turn chocolatey after a while.  The herbs are more balanced here and complemented by stronger spices (from the woods) and shy peaty flavours.  I like that much better than the nose.  The finish is rather long and even more sherry driven with stronger chocolatey and dried fruits flavours (raisins, figs) and less wood than the taste.  Actually, the finish is the best of this dram.  Water smoothes the dram and turns it more quaffable but less interesting to explore.  So I like to investigate it neat but prefer to drink it reduced with a fair share of water.

    Despite the fact that these heavy herbal-driven sherry profiles are not my favourite ones I like this dram because of its more balanced taste and a pretty nice finish.  Again, a decent Glen Garioch from the early nineties that supports my thesis...

    By the way, not a single trace of sulphur in this dram - great!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. whiskytornado scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  3. ValStern scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    behave a bit and touch alcoholic.

    * with water:
    Warm, aromatic, dark chocolate, pleasant and balanced, a touch of sherry.

    warming, light fire, tingling and spicy, sweet with oak notes, round, slightly tart, some dark chocolate, spices, fruits, also multi-layered and complex.

    tart-sweetish with wood tones, spicy, later slightly sweetish, "dark" long and soft. Here, too, there are nuances of dark chocolate, spices, oak, at the end a little sherry and a slightly malty sweetness ...

  5. Kaysersdråber scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  6. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A terrific dram, regardless if you add water or not. With water, the sweet side is magnified and the bitter side reduced. I like both equally. 
    • Nose
      Very oily and sticking to the glass, with slow legs. The nose is moderately sherried, by which I mean it's not as dark sherry itself. There is prune, orange, dark cherry, Christmas cake, milk chocolate, and a trace of earthy smoke. 
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, going from rounded to spicy. The round taste is that of raisin and prune, and cherry liqueur. After that, there is freshness of orange, and an earthy bitter note of dark chocolate. Add some earth, mud and peat smoke to that, and clove at the end of the palate. 
    • Finish
      Long and intense, with spice (ginger, clove), bitter chocolate, date liqueur (Thibarine) and a trace of smoke. 

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    When neat considering this is 60% the nose gives little away and is closed but its pleasant and not overly sherried.
    The palate is nicely balanced and considering theabv no need for water.

    some nice spice in the mix with caramel, a little chocolate and stewed plum.
    No need for water.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. asmazda scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Strong, fairly unique profile, and overall quite nice.  The only thing that throws it off for me is I find some nail polish remover or something astringent in the nose and especially the palette.  

  9. BXpress scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Congrats to anyone who finds obvious distillery character in this. Then again i feel that it is not only the Sherry speaking. Could be that the peat is responsible for the dirty undertone in this one. I must admit that i like this particular Sherry profile though.
    • Nose
      Heavy Sherry notes (surprise). Nice note of extreme plum marmalade. Some tobacco, cherries, chocolate, liquorice well you know the song. Nice tea notes. Water makes it a little more earthy and even slightly vegetal, kinda interestingly dirty.
    • Taste
      Same super sweet plum marmalade in the arrival. Its an amazing note but then you get hit by the oak, which is very present in this one. However, it doesn't destroy the palate. Some nice medicinal notes follow. Very much on cough sirup and then some herbal liqueurs and spices. No obvious peat going on here.
    • Finish
      Very very long. On some tobacco at first, and then a hint of salt and caramel. Drying earthy after taste.

  10. barryfox915 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Amber
    Nose: Round, smooth, slightly smoky and mineral, with some
    fruity flavours (peach and orange) and a nice balance. Sweet.
    Taste: Very
    smooth, round, slightly waxy and aromatic, with some pecan nuts, a touch of
    leather, some game, tannins, and sweet fruity notes (orange and tangerine), as
    well as a touch of cocoa. The finish is medium to long, sweet, fruity, with some
    tannins and leather, a touch of cocoa, some aromatic flavours as well as light
    mineral peat smoke flavours. Slightly astringent.
    Impression: Single cask
    bottling of sherried Glen Garioch are uncommon, and this example is a very good
    example of a sweet and well sherry matured Glen Garioch, well balance, rather
    whisky with a nice smoky touch. Very good.





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