Glen Garioch 15-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask Matured
Stated Age
15 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks
53.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Travel Retail
Added on
02 Oct 2015 11:40 am by Bluesman
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 89.88

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 15-year-old

155 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.23 points

  1. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This is a very tasty malt. One of the few standards under 18 years that can really inspire me. With this whisky, the sherry aroma leaves room for other notes. That really makes it interesting for me.
    • Nose
      dark, sweet sherry; in addition ripe, red fruits; Chocolate and raisins; a very subtle sulfur is also there; Pepper and nutmeg; perfumed aftershave comes with time; Add apples and heavy, floral notes; with a little more time, the aftershave evaporates and leaves behind a nice, not to sherry-heavy Schnüffle whisky
    • Taste
      creamy; spicy oak and dark chocolate; raisins; again a few spices; slightly dry, the tingling is steadily increasing; the alcohol is very well integrated
    • Finish
      medium to long; dark apples and grapes; Cherries and plums; chocolate again, this time with nuts; nice peppery; it stays spicy and sweet on the palate; the oak makes itself noticeable at the departure for a very long time

  2. Pollenflug scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Sweet and heavy Sherrynoten stand out powerfully from my glass. Behind the intense sherry influence hides a variety of flavors, which gradually crystallize during nosing: dark berries, plums, raisins, forest honey, chocolate, hints of leather and tobacco, Christmas spices, slightly burnt bread crust, roasted aromas, nuts and oak spice I perceive. In the background, a subtle note of sulfur drives its mischief. The high alcohol content (53.7%) is immediately noticeable immediately after pouring, but overall it is still well integrated.
    • Taste
      Powerful and sweet-spicy detonate the intense sherry freight on the palate. A pleasant sweetness runs down the cheeks, while on the tip of the tongue a noticeable Pfeffrigkeit sets in and (in the short term) causes a decent tingle. Mountain-like dark fruits are rapidly gaining dominance. Wild berries, plums and raisins are again present and mix with dark chocolate, spicy oak and Christmas spices. Leather, hints of tobacco, very light sulfur and beautiful rust flavors enhance the aromatic variety with walnuts. The palate is already a noticeable dryness and a slight bitterness. With the addition of a few drops of water, the malt is a little more harmonious and increasingly fruity, but without noticeable loss of power.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sweet and spicy and warm. Dark fruits, pepper, dark chocolate, nuts, Christmas spices and oak let the malt finish pleasantly long-lasting. Hidden deep in the background, I register again a soft note of sulfur. The palate is now again much drier and slightly bitter. Overall, the Glen Garioch looks older than "only" 15 years.

  3. Lorion scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A great whisky with a very good PLV, if you like dry and dry whiskys. 88 points!
    • Nose
      Intense roasty aromas and pronounced nuttiness dominate the nose. In addition raisins. Does it smell that way if you stew (very) spicy trail food? The alcohol is also noticeably there. Not piercing, but noticeable. Dried plums and tart herbs. A little bit of time and warmth softens the nose, but it also gives off some sulfur. Cinnamon rolls with plum filling .... Ok, that was too long in the oven and brings cocoon flavors with it. The nose is getting better, the alcohol is barely there. Plum wrapped in bacon, sulphurous raisins - interesting.
    • Taste
      Full, fruity, slightly leathery. Tart notes of espresso will not be long in coming. The alcohol pushes on the whole and provides a full and powerful mouthfeel. Cocooned almonds. The Nachschmecken is dry and quite on the bitter side.
    • Finish
      Dry, dry and warm, the whisky stays on the palate for a long time and in the throat.

  4. Dramned! scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful old whisky, where I do not mean the old with the 15 years, but he smells really old, tastes old - feels old. A true old-school sherry whisky. This is primarily due to the rich oak tones and tannins that he was able to absorb from the barrels in the 15 years.
    • Nose
      Heavy and sweet on the nose and he makes no secret of his coming out of the sherry barrel. He starts immediately with a deep dark spice, old leather, heavy sweet pipe tobacco, juicy dried plums, raisins, vanilla, strong oak notes, brown cane sugar, cinnamon, cloves, despite cask strength little alcohol,
    • Taste
      Here you can feel the cask strength already clearer, the alcohol comes with a sharp start and pushes sweet spicy ripe fruit and red berries in front of it, along with a few floral notes and again pipe tobacco, salivation, dried fruit, strong tannins from the European oak after and after the salivation
    • Finish
      In the rather long and warm finish mainly a nice spicy malt sweetness, pickled raisins and still sweet tobacco hang - I have the feeling, myself to have smoked a fresh pipe.

  5. Gloin scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The smell is that of a prototype of an intense sherry whisky, the sherry dominates very much. There are more and more whiskys at the moment (strange, where there are fewer and fewer sherry casks). This makes this type of whisky, unfortunately, something interchangeable, especially if, as here, so little of the Brennereicharakter remains. Nonetheless, the whisky provides a great flavor. In the mouth, the whisky then shows more independence, but that does not make him necessarily better. I really do not like the finish. The whisky is certainly well done, but something bothers me. Overall, he can not completely convince me. Nevertheless, he is definitely worth a recommendation. Most sherry whisky lovers will like it. The longer he breathes, the better he gets.
    • Nose
      A crystal clear sherry profile: raisins, sherry and chocolate, very classic, the alcohol is little to feel, after a while in the background follows a slightly sour note, the smell is sweeter, such as wood and some herbs, slightly grated coniferous seeds in the hand
    • Taste
      The body is rather light. This is in contrast to the sharp strong start. In the mouth, the whisky is not quite so classic. The herbs and the sour impressions take over the upper hand. A little sulfur is to taste, but that does not bother. In the second sip he gets a little sweeter. A little bitter orange is added. The sulfur gives way and gives way to dry Oloroso. With each sip he gets better. This whisky needs time.
    • Finish
      The finish again shows some sulfur and especially oak and dry sherry. Everything stays long in the mouth and throat.

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A GlenDronach-style sherry influence, but a bit less in-your-face so that the character of the spirit still shines through.
    • Nose
      Shouts dried fig. Raisin, toffee, date and a little spicy whiff of sulphur.
    • Taste
      Dried fig, blueberry, mocha and again that touch of sulphur.
    • Finish
      Blueberry, dried fig, mocha and a little broth.

  7. Thebear scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    WOW ... an awesome dram! Intense character and flavors. Despite the 53.7%, the alcohol is very well integrated and no water is needed. My first Glen Garioch, unlike any Drams tried so far. It feels like being in an oriental fairy tale at a bazaar on a spice stall. He cracks the magic threshold and earns 90 points !!!
    • Nose
      Intense sherry, perfume, Oriental spices, nutmeg, roasted aromas, leathery
    • Taste
      Sherry, Dark Dried Fruit, Heavy Sweetness, Leathery, Toasted, Old Library, Intensive, Oriental Spices, Chocolate
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, covering, leathery, tart chocolate

  8. Goethe scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Well, this Glen Garioch is quite enjoyable, great sherry but a bit bitter and dry after all. For me this tastes like a mix of Mortlach sherry and Glenrothes sherry. With water even more Morlach. Well, you got a decent Glen Garioch sherry cask maturation but not a GlenDronach 15 Revival.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Sherry (oloroso with an earthy touch), sweet, rasins, plums, cherry, dark and red fruits (dark cherry), chocolate, leather, espresso.
    • Taste
      Sherry, dark and red dried fruits, leather, chocolate, herbal oak, getting dry and a bit bitter.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Dark chocolate, dark fruits, leather, hints of bitter oak, nuts, espresso.

  9. Julia E S scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Glen Garioch 15 YO Sherry
    Without water
    nose A creamy caramel he comes along. In addition, there are classic dark fruits from grapes to raisins and dried plums for sherry barrel aging. The alcohol is also present. mouth For the alcohol strength mild on the tongue. The fruits from the nose are also present on the tongue and on the palate. After the plums have spread on the palate, the raisins follow in the finish. Then the oak comes discreetly. leaving Raisins and oak; Everything works very well With water nose With water the oak becomes more present; he becomes nuttier thereby; some nougat; As for the fruit, it becomes altogether more light-fruited; overripe apricot; mouth
    The oak becomes more intense; overall nutty and a subtle nougat aroma; The other flavors, on the other hand, return; The oak is stronger here, too Conclusion Very good classic sherry barrel aged whisky. Everything is very round and harmonious. Whether one likes the whisky with water or without water is certainly a matter of taste. I think both are nice.

  10. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great color, strong in taste and finish. Personally, I find it even better with a little water (2 teaspoons). Can easily compete with the established (and sometimes much more expensive) "Sherrystars".
    • Nose
      Very intense first nose; quite similar to Glendronach Allardice, but enormously strong. With water (2 teaspoons) slightly milder in the nose.
    • Taste
      First onset in the mouth quite strong with lots of salivation (similar to Aberlour a'bunadh). That could actually be nutmeg. Many dark fruits, pleasant. With water even fruity in the mouth, rounder.
    • Finish
      Long, intense finish, which is not less intensive even with some water.


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