Overall rating
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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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 1990 SV

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.91 points

  1. matts scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Character: A complex filling from the drawer "old, intensive oak". Fruity, spicy, sweetish and tangy at the same time. Remarkably intense and with an above-average finish. However, you should like lightly astringent oak and bitter almonds.
    Rating: Interesting, complex, intense and tasted almost oblique. When is there a mixture of oak, pepper, menthol and artificial-sweet red lollipops? It's kind of hard to describe. I almost like it again. Anyway, today I have a push on the 90 point mark.
    • Nose
      Right off the bat, a bit spicy in the nose. Essential eucalyptus oil draws pleasantly into the nose. Otherwise, the nose presents initially a little closed. It takes time to grasp individual flavors. The impression is initially spicy, fruity, tart and slightly sweet at the same time. Vanilla, apples, red berries and nectarines meet fresh green tea, orange oil and some mint. There are rich grains and some leather behind it. A half teaspoon of water to 2-3 cl makes the nose a bit gentler and creamier. Every now and then a hint of caramel flashes through. All flavors are somehow very closely interwoven. A complex nose that is fun and invites you to explore in depth.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly clear, for a fraction of a second fruity, yes downright sweet and then very spicy, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. Against the backdrop of an almost artificial sweetness that reminds me of little red lollipops from childhood days, a pinch of pepper dusty on the tongue. Menthol joins in and makes for a somewhat unusual blend of tastes. The pepper fades slowly and together with malt the sweetness works harder forward again. Caramel suggests itself and in the transition to the finish develops a slightly creamy vanilla flavor. Cinnamon comes through and only comparatively late enters the oak with its dry, spicy wood taste the stage. In the transition to the finish, there are still a handful of almonds, and it sets up a pleasant, slightly astringent mouthfeel. Like a woody Chianti.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long and dry. Deeply penetrated by the sweetish tonic, neatly peppery, rich dry grain, and the intense old oak sound spicy and herb after. Bitter almonds, a little bit of cold espresso and anise in conjunction with the increasingly dominant oak make for a delicious end to it.

  2. Schnappsdrossel 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.

  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Remko did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    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.


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