Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
50.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Jun 2015 10:01 am by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 289.00

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58 × member ratings

97 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 1990 SV

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.92 points

  1. Remko did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Quote Whiskyfun.com - September 21, 2015

    Glen Garioch 25 yo 1990/2015 (50.6%, Signatory Vintage, hogshead, cask #2752, 275 bottles)  Colour: gold. Nose: this, is going to be quick. Perfect, with a medicinal side that hints at older vintages of Glen Garioch. Some kind of bridge-vintage? And there’s even the peat. Superlative so far. With water: barley, shoe polish. Mouth (neat): oh so gooood! Peat smoke, lemons, eucalyptus, green chartreuse, pepper liqueur, earthy teas… Everything’s perfect. Body’s perfect. Oomph’s perfect. With water: even more perfect. Stunning lemony earthiness. Finish: same, for a pretty long time. Comments: finally, I managed to write some short tasting notes! Great great bottle by Signatory. SGP:553 - 91 points.

  2. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    Nose: Very well-ripe juice, citrus, apple, mixed with a little sulfur, a clear oily feel, smells like an iron pan with oil, followed by hints of stewed pears, some nuts, sour plums and herbs. Sulfur is still influencing change here. Smoke comes out here, grilled crabs, grilled peppers. The whole is rich and balanced.

    Drink: Medium-bodied, easy to drink, vigorous, taste buds are sweet and sour juice, pineapple juice, charcoal smoke, honey, malt, and the final rhyme is finished with some herbs and licorice.

    Overall: A remarkable whisky that didn't leave me a deep memory. The oxidation effect in the bottle should continue to help him get better.

    Cup: 1920s blenders
    Status: opened for a month

  3. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very fun GG with some herbal notes, slight hints of smoke and a full body. Could be a bit more complex to rise above 90 p. but in any case a good example for a Highland malt.

  4. DocF scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Prime example of a Glen Garioch around 1990.

    Color: Yellow Gold
    • Nose
      Rarely intensive spruce needles and resin, eucalyptus menthol, mint. A whole field of dry barley. Fragrant malty, honeysuckle, subtle sal ammoniac. Boskop, dry soil and dry, kräutriger smoke, a touch of oregano.
    • Taste
      Rather light, subtly spicy, intense malty. Fir honey, fir resin and less menthol than in the nose. Lemon, Boskop, earthy. Shoe polish and polished wood will become rounder with more time in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Extremely long. Dry smoky, Boskop, shoe polish, polished wood. Dusty, brittle leather. Great. After a while, it is dry, dusty, dirty work shed, never unpleasant dry-bitter, always malty. After Eight.

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Stylistically this is a middle of the road malt with a bit of everything (sans sherry), and as such it should work for anybody. This and TWE Single Malts of Scotland Benrinnes 24yo 1990 (89 pts.) would probably be a great pair for a tasting.

    Tasted with 25yo 1990 DL XOP cask 10989 (88 pts.), 25yo 1990 MacKillop's cask 8554 (89) and 24yo 1989 BB cask 7854 (85), and separately with 25yo 1990 SV CSC cask 2751
    • Nose
      A vivid note of over 20yo oak, dried malts, then fruits: lemons, some pears, red apple juice, then some peat, a fresh turnip with some soil on it, and finally a shy note that feels like bourbon, so I guess it's no longer a mystery what this hogshead was previously filled with. With 1 tsp water the oak and peat come out more, but with some more water added the fruits are back with a vengeance. Now it's got a pale ale citric edge to it.
    • Taste
      It's a little sharp neat. The body is medium weight and rich, and very consistent with no off layers or notes. Copper coins, apple juice, the faintest kiss of peat, and tinned peaches. Just a single teaspoon of water is enough to round away all the edges and make it velvety smooth, but it's worth trying another teaspoon as well. Twix bars (caramel and wafers), nougat, pears, and that turnip again. 
    • Finish
      Acidic, lightly leathery, with some peppery oak. Very elegant, faintly tannic, delightfully lasting.

  6. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very nice discovery, a little crush.
    • Nose
      Fruity to plum and prune with a hint of lemon. Alcohol well integrated.
    • Taste
      Complex and pleasant. Olives and spices with a smoky background.
    • Finish
      Very nice finish buttered and woody. Long in the mouth.


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