Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Usquebaugh Society (US)
Bottling serie
25th Anniversary
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
56.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Netherlands Netherlands
Added on
02 jun 2015 1:39 pm by thijs100
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 350.90

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Whisky reviews for Glen Garioch 1990 US

11 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.13 points.

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A fantastic Glen Garioch! I believe it was a refill sherry cask. Hey, a
    Glen Garioch that is a quarter of a century old, at cask strength and this
    quality for only 99 EUR? Recommended! Thanks for the sample, Sjoerd!
    • Nose
      Ha! I have only just poured a dram and immediately the room fills up
      with this grand aroma. Lime, caramel, a touch of smoke from the toasted oak and
      a handful of nuts, some candied oranges and camphor. It has a dusty side as
      well, with a slightly metallic note underneath. Actually, this is what a
      warehouse smells like. It shows its age. The longer you leave it, the sweeter
      it becomes. Then some apricots and honey steal the show. This nose is
      definitely bull’s eye in my book.
    • Taste
      Despite the high ABV, this is quite quaffable without water. Ok, you get
      a good kick in the teeth at first. While the fruit lingers on the palate, it is
      somewhat overpowered by a sturdy spiciness. Think camphor, white pepper,
      aniseed and woodspice. I even detect some peat in there. After the sweet nose,
      I would have expected the palate to be equally sweet, but that is not the case.
      But good? No two ways about it.
    • Finish
      In the long finish, the spices recede to make room for the fruit once
      more. Delicious.

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  3. Foamy scored this whisky 62 points Expert Senior

    I very much like the Usquebaugh Society. They have bottled fantastic bottles ... But this is a profile I can't admire. Just not my cup of tea.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      60 60
    • Finish
      50 50

  4. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    Glen Garioch – pronounced ‘Glen Geary’ – is an Eastern Highlands distillery once famed for heating tomato-growing greenhouses from its energy recovery system. Established in 1797, we can expect at least some peatiness from this 1990 vintage since Glen Garioch was peated until 1995 when Beam Suntory mothballed the distillery for two years. [Further reading: SW]

    N: Rose petals, leaf foliage & hay into strawberry & vanilla ice cream then creamy fudge with raisin & rum ice cream. The peat/smoke is either distant, faded, or it’s my receptors that don’t always pick out phenols so well. I do pick out notes of leather and apples but it’s the creamy fudge [with a distant sour dry citrus touch] that rings the loudest.

    T: With a slow thick chew on earthy savoury-sweet fudge and an unexpected farmy earthy muddiness into a bitter-charred middle, these flavour centres make for a particular/peculiar flavour profile.

    F: That palate combo leads to an unusual bitter-sweet complex, the dry-raisin fudge closer to soft toffees with some thickening single vanilla cream on the side. It is, however, never as sweet as it may sound. Closes with the echo of eating stored well-ripened blackberries, cut apples, more dried foliage, and an extremely well-controlled resinous touch.

    C: The ideal dessert dram for those with a partial sweet tooth perhaps, this appears the freshest of the three 25-year-olds and the quirkiest. A super society anniversary dram nevertheless.

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      79 79

  8. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  11. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is a difficult dram. It gets so much better over time. I've got my bottle open now for almost a year and got about 60% left. This also gets a lot better with some water and some time to rest. I added about 10 drops for 25ml whisky. Leave it for about 15 minutes and it will deliver brilliantly.
    • Nose
      This is fabulous stuff. Full, strong thick, vanilla fudge and oak, nuts, a mixture of yellow and red fruit, dark sugar sweetness, some mint and faint oranges
    • Taste
      Strong, honey sweetness, then dark sugars, fudge, ripe red fruits, nuts and oak. Just a lovely balance. Some of the best integrated oak i've ever tasted on a 25(+)yo.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Minty at the start of the finish and it dies away nicely, then overripe red fruits, nuts and oak. Only slightly drying and not bitter at all. Great!

  12. Malinois scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Just to earthy for me. Also the oak is a bit to load in the end and keeps long after a sip. Just not my whisky. Now I'm gonna flush it with some Islay power!

  13. Mick040 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Glen Garioch 1990/2015 (56.7%, Usquebaugh Society, cask #7937)  Our Dutch friends don’t only produce gouda, tulips, weed, and tax shelters, they’re also quite good at selecting casks… Colour: full gold. Nose: there’s more oak in this one, more butterscotch, more fudge, more toasted brioche… The ‘problem’ is that it combines extremely well with the earthy/smoky style of the spirit. You’re drinking lapsang souchong while sucking fudge and smoking a Partagas. I said a Partagas. Some lemon may be involved somewhere. With water: mud, in a great way. Perhaps a little pipe juice. Mouth (neat): clearly the Signatory with more oak influence. All a matter of taste, and while I tend to prefer the sharper and cleaner styles, I’m finding this just as superb (hey, do you think that makes much sense, S.?). Loud applause. With water: softer notes, vanilla, raisins, dried apricots… And fudge! Finish: rather long, a little buttery. Buttered fudge. I tried an excellent one recently, I’ll give you the name, wait… Right, found the empty box, it is (was) called Mr Stanley. Comments: another exceptional 1990 Glen Garioch. Despite the fudge. And it’s a little moving to be reminded of Slim Cowell’s fantabulous bottlings of earlier Glen Gariochs. SGP:653 - 90 points.


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