Glen Garioch The Renaissance

Overall rating
85.69/100
votes
164
Whiskybase ID
WB86820
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Chapter
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Strength
51.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010496004395
Added on
14 sep 2016 6:12 pm by NorthCoast500
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 102.33

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Whisky reviews for Glen Garioch The Renaissance

41 users have left 44 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.69 points.

  1. Romanino scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    Similar to 1997, sweeter in nose, taste a bit smoother, less spicy, not so salty and a bit oily finish

  2. Svjatogor scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    n: dried fruit, cereal, baked fruit, leather, sherry, sweet, caramel, vanilla
    t: caramel, sherry, old wood
    a: sherry

  3. Expraesi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Delicious, if relatively simple to knit. Great long finish, however.
    • Nose
      Honey, heather, autumn ... Spicy, a bit like baked apples sprinkled with calvados and chestnuts fried in butter with a little cinnamon and whipped cream.
    • Taste
      Sea buckthorn compote with honey, white pepper and candied ginger and walnut oil.
    • Finish
      Long and mildly peppery. Unfortunately, there is not much fruit left, but much spice, which luckily never becomes bitter.

  5. hlz30 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I am failed to be impressed
    • Nose
      84 84
      Rather constrained at the beginning and needs time to open:chocolate, dried fruit, cranbery, strawberry, cherry jam, ginger. WIth water: all spices for cooking, mild sulfur, Moutai-flavour liqour (酱酒), milk
    • Taste
      85 85
      Medium body, moderate alcohol.
      Spices (star anise, gingers) and sticky rice cake reminding me of the Pikesville Rye Whisky. Mineral rock. The sweetness kept lingering around the tongue
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long. Sherry character, leather, caramel and a hint of smoke after 1~2 minutes.

  6. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. sidqi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Rich and powerful,classic malt!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Dense with multi-layer aromas,creamy,squashy fruits like pear and apricot,warm spices,beeswax,jasmine tea,a decent combination of various flavors.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Intense and savory,strong and spicy.Honey,ginger,dark chocolate.A little black-tea-like dryness.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Very long and spicy,tropical fruits,nutmeg,some bitterness.

  9. Bro_Zim scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  11. etwa77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    very nice decorations, but the cake itself is a bit raw..

  12. elipszis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty whisky, the finish is not for everyone to taste.
    • Nose
      88 88
      something with a strong vegetable scent like: radish, horseradish or ruccola
      strawberry chewing gum
      chocolate
      bitterer scent than 15 years old
      toffee
    • Taste
      90 90
      sherry
      spice
      oily
      woody
      honey
    • Finish
      89 89
      sherry
      lettuce
      cauliflower
      ruccola
      medium long
      radish

  13. NorthCoast500 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The whole Renaissance series by Glen Garioch is - in my honest opinion - hugely underrated. All available for under 100 euros, its a must try or must by for all, who love a more than decent Glen Garioch.

  14. El Bastardo did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Hmmm, not great.
    I really liked the 21er, I loved the 15 and the "Wine Cask" was great. This one ... is an OK fourth place in my history with the distillery so far.
    • Nose
      60 60
      Undiluted: At first, of course, a lot of alcohol (slightly prickly), which the nose has to get used to. After evaporating, you get a slightly sugary, sweet, high spiciness. Not fruity for me at all.

      Diluted to around 45%: Still quite massive, the sweetness is completely in the background. Now I get a light dried fruit in the background.
    • Taste
      60 60
      Spicy (pepper) with very little sweet fruit.
    • Finish
      60 60
      The spice fades towards the tip of the tongue.

  15. Derufus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. Odinson scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  17. Ninofdram scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  18. dramidaris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  19. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  21. DerDennis! scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. rpvdwel scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  23. 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.

  24. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  25. Hvdree scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  26. diamond2000 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: open, bright, the first wave of minerals, salt, sea water, menthol, somehow even unusual. Then caramelized roasted malt, dark rusks, kvass, confectionery sweetness - something like a chocolate cake, honey comb, wax. Fruit theme in the form of sweet dried white grapes, peach, nectarine. In the background there is a burnt board, a little haze. After standing in a glass for 20-30 minutes, the oak becomes larger.

    Taste: chocolate-pepper, honey comb, zest, orange liqueur, ginger, burnt crust of black bread, malt-sweet, cola, black sweet coffee, wood tannins, charred piece of wood, slightly mineral.

    Finish: longer than average, slowly fading, ginger, slightly black pepper, burnt caramel, coffee, chocolate and citrus, dark rusks.

    Rating: 88

    Bottom line: a great mouthpiece from Glen Geary! Absolutely in the style of their very good 12-year-olds, but brighter, more cheerful, there are still many interesting nuances, and all that was twisted to the maximum in 12! A good selection of barrels of sherry / bourbon, nothing sticks out, sherry seems to be quite a hint and well manifested are the malt-caramel features of Giri.

  27. diamond2000 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: open, bright, the first wave of minerals, salt, sea water, menthol, somehow even unusual. Then caramelized roasted malt, dark rusks, kvass, confectionery sweetness - something like a chocolate cake, honey comb, wax. Fruit theme in the form of sweet dried white grapes, peach, nectarine. In the background there is a burnt board, a little haze. After standing in a glass for 20-30 minutes, the oak becomes larger.

    Taste: chocolate-pepper, honeycombs, zest, orange liqueur, ginger, burnt crust of black bread, malt-sweet, cola, black sweet coffee, wood tannins, charred piece of wood, slightly mineral.

    Finish: longer than average, slowly fading, ginger, slightly black pepper, burnt caramel, coffee, chocolate and citrus, dark rusks.

    Rating: 88

    Bottom line: a great mouthpiece from Glen Geary! Absolutely in the style of their very good 12-year-olds, but brighter, more cheerful, there are still many interesting nuances, and all that was twisted to the maximum in 12! A good selection of barrels of sherry / bourbon, nothing sticks out, sherry seems to be quite a hint and well manifested are the malt-caramel features of Giri.

  28. LeChiffre scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    In the mouth a very powerful-peppery interesting malt. The finish unfortunately shows a rather one-dimensional and pronounced bitterness and oak. Overall good but for the high price, there are better alternatives.
    • Nose
      82 82
      fruity (orange, apple, pear); with honey sweetness; Toffee; Sherryote (dried fruit); Vanilla; interesting and complex
    • Taste
      81 81
      oily and buttery mouthfeel; strong peppery-spicy and tingling on the tongue; behind it subtle sweetness (dried fruit);
    • Finish
      79 79
      dry; spicy; noticeably bitter oak is increasingly emerging

  29. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Apples, honey, nuts, bitter walnut shells, sour lemon, dense and fruity alive
    • Taste
      78 78
      Sweet - slightly syrupy with nicely bound Alk, sweetness meets bitter bitter walnut flavors, with each sip he gets bitter to a slight metallic note - too bad - but that's really too much for me
    • Finish
      82 82
      middle long

  30. GIORGOS scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  31. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  32. DocF scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I do not really know what to do with it - Glen Garioch has a lot better, I'm trying my luck again on another day
    • Nose
      Muffy fruit note, hay, ripe apples, old cellar, malt
    • Taste
      Musty, woody, do not know
    • Finish
      Only then does the fragrant and malty character of Glen Garioch come through, long, hay

  33. Noface83 scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Nose: wow what distinct and juicy aromas of red apples, slightly grassy, ​​toffee and honey sweetness, minty freshness through the slightly tingling alcohol, orange peel, as in the 1st Chapter a light sourdough note, dried fruit (more sherry stressed), the oak is pepper and again Nutmeg but less strong and more pronounced than its predecessor. This one is more fruity and darker than Chapter 1.
    Taste: again very strong and buttery, but now clearly different (also slightly more alcoholic tingling) than Chapter 1, a lot of honey sweetness and malty sweetness, very dry and with many tannins (leather), the finish is unfortunately only medium with now somehow Red wine fruitiness and dryness.
    The Chapter 1 seemed fresher and more playful, but here again we have a "Landhauswhisky" (but now in a winegrowing area). Dry, woody and sherrybetonter he likes me but even a tad better.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  34. pianoman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Red apple, some leather and slightly rancid butter. Thai curry with coconut milk. Rose petals.
    • Taste
      Strawberries and raspberries with honey. Hazelnuts, milk chocolate.

  35. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very round thing. From the best of the ex-bourbon barrel and sherry world, something very original and first-class new has emerged. One of my favorite whiskys.
    • Nose
      Very fruity, ripe pear, also darker fruit, honey flavor. With some water even more flowery, fruity.
    • Taste
      Comes soft and oily in the mouth, darker fruits, I feel the oak too. With a little water in the mouth very creamy-soft, but with all the aromas.
    • Finish
      Beautiful long finish, warming, oak in the background. Not quite as long with water, but still warming and you can still feel the oak.

  36. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 64 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      50 50

  37. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  38. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    very good, again the nose is the weakest part.
    still 89/100
    • Nose
      heather honey, toffee, malt candies, allspice, dried fruits and light oak.
      the nose seems lighter than chapter one, almost a bit shy.
      very similar to chapter one.
    • Taste
      fruitier than the nose suggests. dried fruits but also fresh fruit like cherries and oranges. much better than the palate just as we´ŕe used it from chapter one but I prefer this one because it´s fresher
      and more appetizing.
    • Finish
      long, slowly drying, very clean

  39. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Interesting differences to the 1st, who is on leather, drought and oak, is here vllt. get a little more, I lack clear orange and lightness of 1st, but it is still a brilliant malt!
    • Nose
      Sweet Barley again, less peppery than 1st Chapter, more creamy, almost a little cotton candy in between, honey, toffee, oranges and lavender, almost perfumed, a little ginger and nutmeg is in between but just a touch, all very fragrant
    • Taste
      Strong, almonds, nutmeg, black tea, behind orange peel and tingling oak, definitely a bit sharper and more robust than the 1st Chapter, funny enough each nose and taste exactly the other way, malt / yeast come to red apple with peel, light citrus splash, deciduous and probably. a little dusty leather
    • Finish
      Sweet malt with citrus notes and leaves remain in the throat, not so nice finish as 1st, the orange stays away, medium long

  40. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A style that you don't come across that often, but which is very enjoyable. 
    • Nose
      Oily, barley-driven. Seems to be a heavy spirit, given the smell and the way that the whisky coats to my glass. There's barley, honey, bread, biscuit, apple tart, orange, vanilla, and spice.
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, thick, oily and pleasant. It's quite rounded, with biscuit, honey, vanilla, oranges, dried fruit (mainly dates), a little earth, and almonds. 
    • Finish
      Medium, not bitter at all, but spicy in a rounded way (cinnamon). Further, fruit cake lingers, with a pleasant nuttiness.

  41. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  42. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I like this one better than the chapter 1.
    • Nose
      Similar to the chapter 1 but more rounded. Honey, vanilla, biscuit, waffles, caramel, pineapple chunks (confectionary).
    • Taste
      Fat on the palate with something metallic and bitter from the start mixed with bitter fruits of plum and apple.

      Vanilla, gooseberry and just an ever so faint touch of lime

      Gets creamier with the sweetness growing.
    • Finish
      Reasonable length with a good mouthfeel

  43. BXpress scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    More Distillery character than in Chapter 1, and less Sherry influence. Equally good though.

    Edit Feb. 25th 2018

    The bottle is now below 50% and i it got even better. I'll leave the rate as it is though. It is an incredibly soft and fat aromatic Whisky with virtually zero modern oakiness. And i prefer it without water. True, i get a more mineralic and austere taste when it's dilluted which is closer to the distillate, but this Whisky is in a great balance when neat with some nice hay like farminess. When you add water it becomes sharper and cleaner but also a little bit more tiresome to drink.
    • Nose
      Barley, honey. Slightly yeasty. Lots of Vanilla, strong creme brulee note. This one is more Bourbon cask dominated than the first chapter. Lots of citrus fruits, most notably oranges in various forms. Very aromatic and substantial.
    • Taste
      Continuation of the citrus theme. Dried oranges/candied oranges. Gets more mineral and grassy after that. When i first opened this it was very sweet with lots of typical Bourbon cask notes, but as the bottle went down it became more and more a real Garioch. Water amplifies it even more, gets very chalky and grassy. A little bit of bitterness in the end.
    • Finish
      Medium. Very dry. Mostly on apples and a slightly meaty after taste.

  44. WhiskyCask scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Glen Garioch finally released the highly anticipated 2nd Chapter. Here's my full review on it: http://maltandoak.com/glen-garioch-renaissance-chapter-2-51-4/

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