Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Individual Cask Bottling
Stated Age
24 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
55.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Alba Import
de Germany
Added on
28 sep 2015 7:09 pm by Webster65
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 298.00

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31 × member ratings

41 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glen Garioch 1990 DR

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.72 points.

  1. SimonOHA scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Complex while being easily accessible. Very pleasant.
    • Nose
      Very herbaceous nose on oily grass. Sweet and floral on very diluted geranium and heather. A little varnish that rises with aeration. A little caramelized mousse and a nice woodiness. Even more aeration brings a slight earthy peat as well as spices.
    • Taste
      Massively fruity mouth on nicely melted stone fruits (peach, cherry). But also mango and melon, sprinkled with pepper and cinnamon. Citrus honey with tangerine in major depending on the sips. Wax. At the end of the mouth, a pretty peat appears, rather earthy, in any case extinguished by the intensity of the fruits.
    • Finish
      Finish on cold ashes, warmed by a mist of very ripe tropical fruits.

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    "Double T-beam" Blind and Free by @DocF. @Limburg 2019


    grassy - first impression - oh Irishman? rather geranium leaves with honey, sweet grasses, herb meadow, light mineral base note, very subtle citrus notes - rather white fruit notes and sweet spring blossoms


    Mint, warming - slightly tingling alcohol - also works like carbon dioxide, some ash, honey-sweet, pear, vanilla, shortbread, increasingly dark chocolate, roasted cereals, liquorice, citrus drops, grapefruit bowl, chilli, even if you have got used to it


    it is very warm without stinging, oatmeal, malt, caramel, tree sap - quite long for the relative youth that I assume the palate

    I am quite at a loss as to what I have in the glass - it looks young - max 12 years - has matured quite well in terms of balance and aromas - still has freshness and strength. It is an ex BC Cask
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    With water the dram is losing its temper and a bit of the muscles. Worthwhile to try with and without. Generally the flavours with H2O don't really change, other than getting more mellow, which is a nice sailing into the sunset.

    From a 5cl sample.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dry, honey, wood & (Indian curry) spice, apple with marzipan and possibly a touch of peat and (good) lavender.
    • Taste
      90 90
      More wood & peat and quince is added to the elements stated under "nose". Viscosity feels high.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Warming, long, and utterly but pleasantly spicy.

      Can and should be chewed for a long time.

  4. Holder scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Very fragrant, but has a sticky creosote note in the taste, which is cereal / herbaceous. Other GG between 1988 and 1994 taste a little better. A subtle peat note stands out with water.

  5. DocF scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I really like it today, darker than the 1990 SV, unfortunately with a weaker nose. Needs water.
    • Nose
      Dry, hay, very grassy. Trockenaprikosen, also has something of fallen fruit. Some malt. With water: Polished wood and shoe polish. Sliced ​​grass and fir resin. Much more pleasant and interesting, but thin. Wait, wait! A summer meadow full of flowers, and summer honey.
    • Taste
      Full, oily mouthfeel, almost ashen smoke, dry earth, oregano, resin, softwood, all with a burnt impact, hot tar. Dry apricots, block malt. Water is good for him, he gets rounder, milder, shoe polish and more resin emerge. Summer flower honey.
    • Finish
      Resinous, dry-smoky, long, espresso, neat, but not unpleasantly bitter. Again and again malty and floral hints, summer blossoms, linden.

  6. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful ex-bourbon barrel, with a successful interplay of fruity-sweet aromas and powerful barrel influence.
    • Nose
      fruity sweet, dusty cereal, a little bit of honey, above that is a clear note of muff / dirt / stables
    • Taste
      Neat power, sweet with exotic fruits honey, malt, nice spice that bites on the tongue, which is rather pleasant
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sweet and fruity and woody-spicy, astringent on the tongue

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2017]  Tonight I close my little tasting project to find out if all Glen Garioch distilled in the early nineties really are above average or if I can find a below average sample.  And again I do an interesting head-to-head with two A.D. Rattray bottlings of true sister casks:  This 24-year old distilled in 1990 (cask 7947) versus a 23-year old distilled on the very same day (cask 7946) https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/55048/glen-garioch-1990-dr.  I bought the 24y for 106 Euro in September, 2017 and the 23y for 85 Euro in April, 2015.Colour:  The 23y is old gold and the texture shows late sticky tears that build some slow legs.  The 24y is about the same colour and texture (no wonder as they came from the very same distillation).Nose:  The nose of the 23y is quite punchy first (57,2% abv) and offers a creamy toffee profile with some grassy notes.  But certainly it cries for water.  The same with the 24y:  It is punchy but very different on a grassy and herbal profile with spicy wooden aromas but almost no toffee at all.  With water both noses open up a little and show more aromas but still they are quite shy.  After adding more water the aromas enfold, finally.  They are very different but I go for a draw, nonetheless. Initial mouthfeel:  The 24y arrives instantly coating with some peppery feelings (due to the high abv) on the palate without any distracting moment.  The 23y feels about the same, again no wonder given the same texture from the very same run of the stills.  This is a draw, what else?Taste:  The 23y offers a rich profile centered around bold vanilla-toffee-caramel flavours with spices and herbs in a firm wooden structure.  The 24y has a very different profile on leafy, floral and herbal aromas in a spicy wooden setting.  Obviously the 23y was filled in a first fill bourbon cask and the 24y matured in a refill (second fill?) cask.  Very interesting how different the profiles develop in a first versus a refill cask. Both are pretty good when reduced with a fair share of water and I prefer the 24y a little over the 23y because of its slightly deeper complexity.  But this is pretty close, again.Finish:  Both own a long finish with neither bitterness nor drying feelings.  The finish of the 23y is long on basically the same profile as is the taste (creme brulée with a herbal topping).  The 24y shows more sweeter flavours in its finish (some vanilla, finally!) that are accompanied by stronger wooden notes to balance this out.  Again I slightly prefer the 24y over the 23y because of its better balance, but point-wise they are on the same level.Water is essential on both drams - not just a few drops but a fair share (reduce them to about 43% abv).  The hotness on the mouthfeel goes away and both the nose and taste open up and offer their true complex profile.  This is good for a 2-3 points higher score than neat.  Two excellent swimmer and above average drams when reduced to about drinking strength.  If you drink all your drams as they are bottled you surely miss out the best of some whiskies and these two drams are a perfect example for this.  So, do not fool yourself with a strict "neat only" attitude and be pragmatic with adding water (simply try it if a neat dram does not meet your expectations )...

    This head-to-head of two sister casks was very, very interesting and insightful.  Basically, the quality of the spirit (here the same run of distillation) determines the mouthfeel, complexity level and quality of the finish (all are about the same here).  But the condition of the cask (first versus refill) leads to very different profiles (here: vanilla-toffee driven versus floral-herbal driven).  Oh, how I love such experiments and one can do this with single malt whisky only - or where else do you find the relevant information to do such investigations...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. MadScientist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84


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