Glen Garioch (pronounced Glen Gee-ree) is one of those somewhat underrated whiskies that’s been getting quite a bit of attention lately, for better or worse. This is well deserved as it’s a very good malt that works well with bourbon or sherry.
This particular expression has been matured entirely in oloroso sherry casks and was released for the travel retail market but like most of those expressions is also quite easily available at most specialist alcohol shops. Unfortunately for us here in Israel though Morrison-Bowmore’s importer here does not bring in Glen Garioch. Luckily it showed up at Whisky Live so I got to try some.
Aged 15 years. 53.7%ABV. Matured in Oloroso casks. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength.
Nose: Dirty sherry. Gunpowder. Chocolate powder. Light pepper. Blood oranges. A bit nutty. Cherry flavouring.
Palate: Gunpowder. Ginger. Chocolate. Stone fruits.
Finish: Medium-long. Dry sherry. Ginger. Cacao. Nutty wood.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This is quite a nice sherry bomb. I tend to find that heavily sherried whiskies can either be very sulphury/dirty or very fruity and this one actually had quite a nice combination of the two. It’s pretty much inevitable that this would be compared to the Aberlour A’bunadh, the benchmark of the sherry bombs, and this one is not as complex, in my opinion, but is a bit more mellow and refined (and more expensive, but it does carry a nice age statement). It really is a beautiful whisky to drink, it can be sipped absent-mindedly or you can really dive into it, it works just as well for either.