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Whisky Reviews for Garnheath 1974 CM
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.40 points
- Old smell, not that musty though. A chemical smell like wax polish. Starting to get a butter note. If I am lead a little by other tastings, the wax polish starts to materialise as a marzipan-like richness. It definitely seems to have changed character as I keep coming back to it, or else my orientation has changed as I read around the whisky. Taste not that strong to start but the alcohol certainly prominent, then as you finish you get a gentle sweet buttery taste like the hard centres of Daim bars (almond toffee). Holding it your mouth and then opening up you get a pleasant sweet burning. However, the finish fades away gently but it is more of a lingering buttery aftertaste than a powerful burn. Finish building with further sips. Overall, a pleasant dram but not stellar.
- Price: Around 450
- Also single grain whiskeys are unfortunately very expensive. But who appreciates a good grain, should not miss this rare bottling.
Very strong in the nose. The keg has done all the work here. Very multi - layered: Edelmarzipan nougat tree trunk, cognac cream truffle covered in white chocolate, unmalted barley, a hint of fine spices, cotton candy, apple juice, candied citrus fruits and glue. The wood is palpable, makes itself felt in a pleasant way and does not come to the fore.
Full body - very complex and intense for a grain. The intensity is probably, as already mentioned by Serge Valentin, explained by a filling of the barrel with a higher percentage of distillate than usual (about 64% Vol. / Alc.). As a result, the wood is attacked stronger and releases more aromas. You can discover more and more aromas, where the aromas of the nose are almost identical. The alcohol content of just under 51% I feel as optimal, gives the grain strength and does not make unpleasant. The wood stays pleasant here, too, although it is noticeable, does not get out of hand, but gives this old grain a body.
Sugary sweet, medium-length finish with plenty of fruit. Dries out the mouth to the end.
Fruity (plums, prunes), butterscotch, chocolate, vanilla
Exotic fruit (pineapple, coconut, passion fruit), vanilla, sweet, honey
Medium long, sweet, fruity
- If you like coconut you will love this malt. Really nice nose that reminds me of Christmas immediately.
Because it is really special and has something unique about it ...
Alcohol wonderfully integrated, slightly smoke, gum, caramel, toffees, marzipan, Christmas market, pastries, grated coconut, butter, vanilla, you notice the age and how beautiful the individual nuances fit together
In the foreground is everywhere coconut, after some time in the mouth is still marzipan added
Coconut, marzipan, cinnamon, butter, vanilla, light chili note
- Serge from Whiskyfun.com says:
Garnheath 41 yo 1974/2015 (50.8%, Càrn Mòr, Celebration of the Cask, barrel, cask 313235, 144 bottles) I’d never have thought we’d see a new Garnheath! I’ve tried three Garnheaths in my entire life, and all had been distilled in the 1960s. Together with Ladyburn, the distillery used to lie within the bankrupt Moffat complex, and was closed for good around 1985. Colour: gold. Nose: well as I was remembering Garnheath (yeah yeah), that is to say very light, discreet, whispering… In truth it’s the barrel that speaks here, and what it tells us is pleasant. Butterscotch, praline, white chocolate, vanilla, a wee touch of wood dust, one or two jelly babies (pineapple-flavoured)… Whispering indeed. With water: the barrels speaks out, the spirit answers… not much. But it was a nice barrel. Mouth (neat): ho ho ho! We’re in rum territories now, and I cannot not think of lightish Enmore from Guyana. Pineapple butter cream, coconut liqueur, sugar cane, drops of orange juice… In truth it’s very tropical. Very approachable, and certainly not tired. With water: becomes truly excellent, if still easy. Fruity, vanilla-ed, sweetly oaky old juice. Doesn’t taste old at all, by the way. Probably filled at 70% vol., if not more. Finish: easy, sweet, not old. This could be 10yo. Comments: you haven’t got the complexity of an old malt, and the distillate had probably been filled at super-high strength in fifth-fill wood, but I find this delicate style rather entrancing. But I doubt anybody would still do this these days. SGP:640 - 87 points
- My first Garnheath and what a delight! Probably one of the rarest Scotch whiskies. Distilled at the short lived Moffat/Inver House complex and long gone since the mid 1980's. This is what a grain whisky - in my opinion - should be; smooth and silky with soft fruity notes of bananas and coconut intermingled with pencil shavings and butterscotch at the background.
Soft caramelized fruit of plums and prunes. Also the usual fresh pencil shaving and sawdust characteristics of old grain whisky. Hints of cake mix and custard powder. Linseed. Quite complex.
Gentle woody notes. Cocoa butter. Baked bananas and coconut. Some roasted nuts. Milk chocolate. Cream toffee and butterscotch. Vanilla and honey at the background. Great texture and very chewy.
Long and sweet. Truckloads of cinnamon. Apricot. A little clove as well. Espresso coffee at the end.
- http://www.weinkenner.de/2015/es-muss-nicht-immer-malt-sein-alter-grain-whisky-aus-den-jahren-1962-bis-1974-37258/ Color: gold
Nose: Creamy vanilla, salty and at the beginning very rich in honey. After a bit of breathing, a kind of burnt rubber and some glue are added. Soft wood and fresh green-yellow notes (limes, lemons, mirabelle plum and some cucumber) dominate the nose and are complemented by caramel and butter.
Taste: Creamy-fruity with velvety-soft leather notes and delicate sour start. Here the "green" parts of apple, avocado and cucumber predominate. Resinous wood, mentholic ice candy and herbal tea mix the palette. Towards the finish becoming bitter with perfumed notes of lye.
Finish: Long - with a lot of minerality and herbs, eucalyptus, wood and sugar as well as hints of licorice.
Note: This sourish gummy note in the nose is strangely not always present. An interplay of coming and going!
88 points (nose: 88 / taste: 89 / finish: 87)