Glen Garioch 1978 – The Whisky Shop Release ~/01

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Thanks to Michael from Malt & Oak for the sample

I’ve come to try quite a few older Glen Gariochs, usually by way of my friend Michael from Malt & Oak, who also provided me with this sample, and it’s really been a fantastic thing to discover. This one is from 1978 distillate and released for The Whisky Shop in the UK in 2011 as a single cask exclusive and was particularly well received.

Aged 33 years. 54.2% ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask 11000.

Nose: Very delicate. Apricot jam. Pumpkin spice. Toasted oak. Orange liqueur with some dark chocolate. Delicate vanilla. Salty toffee. Linen.

Palate: Waxy orange peel. Nutmeg. Light honey and slight chalkiness. There’s a very distinct note of some green herbs I can’t put my finger on. Lemon curd. Slight sootiness, only real trace of the peat here. More apricot jam.

Finish: Long. Apricot jam. Toasted oak. Honey-Lemon Hall’s lozenges. Woodspice. Slight herbal bitterness.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: N/A

This was an amazing dram. A lot of the older Glen Gariochs I’ve tried have a bit of a dirty, smokiness to them (which don’t get me wrong I absolutely love), but it was really muted on this one. Instead this was full of really beautiful delicate fruity notes and very light wood character but also felt quite rich at the same time. Fantastic stuff.

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