Quote Whiskybase.com - September 21, 2015
Glen Garioch 21 yo 1993/2014 (52.5%, Maltbarn, bourbon, 142 bottles) Colour: white wine. Nose: how perfect! As zesty and mineral as natural Glen Garioch can be, with lemons and gooseberries, clay, a touch of paraffin, a wee whiff of coal smoke, and perhaps a little… mezcal. Some maguey-y Glen Garioch! With water: typical Glen Garioch once again, some massive saponification happening when you add water. But after just five minutes, the soap is gone, and you’ve got a perfect mineral and sooty malt. Notes of raw wool, but no wet dog (it’s your lucky day, dogs). Mouth (neat): beautifully mezcaly, zesty, mineral and grassy, with this very particular acridness that works so well in Glen Garioch. A lot of oomph, this is whisky for the open. With water: the fruits are coming out, essentially grapefruits and other tart citrus. A little roundness from the barrel. Finish: long, and earthier. I cannot not quote gentian. Comments: truly excellent, but perhaps not very easy. SGP:561 - 87 points.