Glen Garioch 1994 AbWh

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Abbey Whisky (AbWh)
Bottling serie
The Rare Casks
Stated Age
21 years old
Refill Hogshead
Number of bottles
55.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 dec 2016 4:15 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 143.17

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Whisky reviews for Glen Garioch 1994 AbWh

13 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.19 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Class whisky from the Bourbon barrel, beautiful and versatile. Despite his 21 years still with a decent drive.
    wlk 19-4
    • Nose
      89 89
      At the beginning it makes a fresh, fruity and floral impression in the nose. Ripe pears and green apples. Cut flowers. Honey, vanilla, brown sugar. From the background comes a slightly malty note, could also go in the direction of beet syrup.
      Over time, the fruit sweetness expands, seems "broader" and no longer as restrained as at the beginning. Tangerines and oranges are added to the pears and apples, a hay and milk chocolate. Warmed caramel.
      After a longer stay in the glass and oxygen contact even a few spices come: mild pepper, chervil, savory.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very full-bodied with fruits: pear, peach, apricot, yellow plums. Dry and with a good portion of oak. Honey and vanilla, caramel, toffee, malt, leather - hints quite a bit at a matured bourbon barrel whisky. Cold espresso. Also on the tongue the cut flowers (cloves), but also slightly tart weeds. Increasingly spicy with nutmeg, chervil, savory. The caramel notes come again intensively forward, mix with the now tart herbs and the oak.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, dry. The harsh herbs lead, but still have a few fruit notes in tow, so it is not too harsh. Nougat chocolate and marzipan, toffee, cold espresso. Oak.

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  3. Kegelbogen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Quite an unbalanced whisky. The heavily refilled barrel made it taste poor and uninteresting.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Creamy, grass (rather hay), some lemon, coffee beans and maybe a green apple.
    • Taste
      84 84
      More pungent in alcohol than the nose suggested. Very perfumed and I don't like it, it even repels me. There is an unpleasant soapy note.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium on bitter herbs and a bar of soap.

  4. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    This is a failure for Giri lovers.
    Still, Giri should be drunk before 1993 distillation.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Heavy yet fresh nose. Malt, sulfur and varnish, pear candies, wormwood and herbs 22
    • Taste
      84 84
      There is more acidity and wormwood on the palate, which I don't like. 21
    • Finish
      83 83
      Closer to long, but still not pleasant 20

  5. PRV scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Gingerbread cookies, maybe even a baba at times ... a bit harsh on the palate

  6. olegborgol scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Fruit and vanilla with ginger and pepper. 21-21.5-22-21.5
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Albaron scored this whisky 61 points Specialist

    The acid is overpowering. Completely unbalanced and usually just sour and bitter, even with a lot of water it does not get better, with the bitterness I can live, that's okay, but the acidity is just too much and covers the fruit notes present in the beginning almost totally. Why do you fill something like that? Does anyone really like that? I already realize how my stomach does not find it funny. Sorry, well meant, but it does not work for me at all.

    Notes created during a blind tasting
    • Nose
      Alcohol is noticeable, even slightly oily, but behind it bright fruits, some unripe peaches and apricots, a few ripe pears and mirabelle plums, in between always green, but then also honey, vanilla and a herbal mixture in the background

      with water:
      still strong alcohol, oily, bright fruits, citrus fruits, especially lemon and lime, sour, grapes, some honey and herbs
    • Taste
      strong onset with strong acidity, then equal herbaceous oak, grapes, mirabelles, honey, vanilla, some malt and a creamy note that reminds of cream yoghurt, as well as bitter

      with water:
      still strong onset, lots of alcohol and acidity, bitter, a few herbs, a little vanilla, grapes, lemon and lime and even with plenty of water, the acid does not decrease and only the alcohol decreases
    • Finish
      Oak is still present, the herbal mixture also here, then at the very end a few tannins

  8. megabreit scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      ripe apples, hay seeds
    • Taste
      fruity, peppery, ginger, honey and vanilla, malt candy
    • Finish
      long and glowing, becoming drier, fruit acid

  9. Dieter_W scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    First of all, it takes a bit of time in the glass.
    I would give him at least 15 minutes.
    • Nose
      No real fruit bomb, just as it is in the garden.
      And a bomb that tastes really hot for fruits.
      My prescriptors have already written it.
      Can I also sign everything
    • Taste
      The taste is not much to feel the fruitiness.
      Cloves - ginger - pepper - after grapefruit juice
      The sour taste hits me a bit or I have to belch of it :)

      I'm a bit sensitive.
    • Finish
      Again, the fruit acid strikes me a bit too strong.
      Otherwise, not bad.

      it was done a blind tasting.

  10. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A delicious, typically dirty GG, a few exciting notes, but looks much better in the mouth than it sounds, really hearty.
    • Nose
      Olives, a nice hint of smoke, more than I ever had with Garioch, charcoal, distinct bourbon barrel, vanilla, salt and pepper, grapefruit peel, fresh toast from the toaster, hints of eucalyptus, potting soil and zucchini
    • Taste
      Vanilla, light toffee, beautiful, light herbal honey, hint of pear, exciting beer notes, sweet hops & malt, grapefruit, salt and pepper, lightly carbonated oak briquettes, olives
    • Finish
      Dry, hopeful bitter now rather, typical GG, dirty, malty, tannins

  11. Jevan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. Jevan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Overall, this was a very interesting dram from Glen Garioch. I find their style heavier and in your face, but this was lighter, more complex and needed a lot of coaxing to come out of its shell. That said it is well worth it when it does and Alfredo and I finished two thirds of the bottle getting more and more....and a little more drunk we got into it. Well done Mike and Abbey Whisky. 89
    • Nose
      Soft and mellow, almost delicate nose that needed teasing out even after breathing for several hours. Grassy, olive oil, very light smoke, dust, sandalwood, slight sweat with brine and a touch of lemons. With water the lemon becomes more dominant with freshly laundered shirts. A little more time yields green apples and freshly sawn oak.
    • Taste
      The taste was both fresh and malty, almost unami, at the same time. Grapefruit, lemon and vanilla - with white pepper and clove. At first this dram wasn't giving much but as we go into it it had a lot of hidden depth and was more complex than we first thought. With water a creamy vanilla, like a custard cream biscuit developed which was quite enticing and moreish. Hints of mint appeared
    • Finish
      shortish finish with vanilla, lemons and a hint of smoke. White pepper.

  13. Dramned! scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Complete notes with info and photos:
    • Nose
      Heavy and oily sloshing flavors from the glass, olive oil - but not the spicy grassy and usually green, but fresh, mild olive oil - makes it look almost Mediterranean. This is matched by the very strong citrus notes - the smell as intense and aromatic sharp as the hands, after having expressed a lemon. He also reveals his age right in the nose with dry old wood notes - an exciting interplay between juicy-watering citrus notes and crack-dry oak wood! In addition a cooling menthol freshness blows around the nose. The upcoming beautiful vanilla has it almost hard to push through all the dense aromas. I used to like to spend hours in the stuffy cellars of antiquarian bookshops and the smell of old worn books I have here too. The longer you smell, the more aromas unfold, it becomes mineral, even almost bacon-salty. Damp forest floor with leaves, wet stones and old tree trunks - I smell now for more than half an hour and discover more and more!
    • Taste
      Strong, dry and sweet, it starts in the mouth, a chili touch brings crispness. Sugared lemons, a sweet ripe honey melon and a fat load of vanilla make for a sweet fruity-sour blast. And then also already violent oak wood. This is not biting and bitter, but very deep, old and spicy with cardamom, cinnamon and coriander. It is again mineral and earthy, fresh wet clay soil after a thunderstorm rain comes to my mind. And again and again the dominant oak, old and scuffed and greasy.
    • Finish
      Do not want to end! First and foremost beautiful dry and spicy oak wood notes, grassy freshness after dried hay, malty vanilla sweetness and tart spices such as cloves and cardamom.

  14. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very balanced and nice at nose and mouth, almost outstanding. Missing something at finish
    • Nose
      Quite interesting: sweet and light olive oil, with a bit of peat. Iron after a while but a nice one 
    • Taste
      Grass, fresh cut grass like on golf courses. Again very interesting
    • Finish
      Compact but not long

  15. raithrover scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Colour: pebble dash
    Nose: it’s almost Mediterranean on arrival with an olive oiliness, followed by lemons, white grapes and a hint of smoke. Honey and a creamy vanilla toffee all leisurely arrive, before more notes of sunshine with coconuts, oranges and apricots. Throughout there’s that gentle waft of smoke that is sadly missing from today’s Glen Garioch distillate.
    Taste: initially it’s the smoke on the palate that almost injects a touch of bitterness. You almost have to scratch beneath this dew for what lies beneath. There’s what I refer to as a dirty vanilla, a touch of cream and at the back lemon peel. Returning for more there’s grapefruit and butter icing.

    Overall: it’s a fabulous nose with plenty of delights to be discovered. The palate isn’t far behind, but I feel this is one you could appreciate even more as the fill level lowered; rather rapidly I envisage as well. Time to purchase a bottle.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89


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