Glen Garioch The Renaissance

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Chapter
Stated Age
16 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
51.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 sep 2016 6:12 pm by NorthCoast500
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€ 109.81

Whisky reviews for Glen Garioch The Renaissance

48 users have left 51 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.56 points.

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  1. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very robust, even a bit "farmy," which is weird for a nominally unpeated malt. Doesn't lack for character, though.
    • Nose
      87 87
      In direct comparison, this one is less present and intense on the nose than its 15-year-old predecessor, the "1st Chapter". It also seems to have a higher percentage of ex-bourbon casks in the vatting and consequently appears drier and more "dusty", with prominent aromas of vanilla and dried grass / hay / straw. There are also more sour fruits popping up than in the younger version - unripe pears most of all. Curiously, I seem to be getting a distant whiff of peat smoke (of the barnyard-aroma variety) in this bottling, even though the newer Gariochs are all supposed to be unpeated. Could also be charcoal from re-charred casks. With time (and after the first sips), an unexpected floral side emerges. Starts out robust and even a bit "farmy", but then with time becomes more playful and delicate. Interesting!
    • Taste
      86 86
      More sour in the mouth as well, with an almost acerbic, chalky minerality at the end of the flavor development (at least when compared directly with the "1st Chapter"). Very edgy for an OB - this could almost be an independent bottling. Many more bitters and astringent components than the 1st Chapter. Sounds worse, but I find that this tart, mineralic aspect suits Glen Garioch very well.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Acidic, zesty, tart, mineralic, but also retaining some winey, sherried sweetness. Crushed aspirin tablets, soft florals (which I did not get on the palate before swallowing) and again a whiff of peat and/or charcoal.

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