Whisky Review: Glen Garioch 15 Year Old 1998 Wine Cask Matured

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glen Garioch Distillery

Bottling: Morrison Bowmore

ABV: 48%

Cost: £91.37 from Master of Malt

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What they say:

1998 Wine Cask Matured

48% ABV Bottled: 2014 No. Bottles: 6000

This small batch release has been exclusively matured in the finest wine casks since 1998, adding a touch of French finesse to Glen Garioch’s famously Rich Highland Character. The result is fruity, sweet and very spicy.

Tasting Notes

Rich and complex – layers of chocolate malt, autumn fruits like brambles, wild blueberries and plums, and warming oak spices, followed by nutmeg and ginger marmalade drizzled with heather honey. Sweet and spicy to the end, with chocolate, brambles and ginger.

What I say:

Glen Garioch is one of those distilleries that is never quite on my radar or top of my list when purchasing whisky, however every expression I try seems to shout quality and flavour at me! Perhaps I should start to listen a little more and seek out more expressions. Amongst my fellow bloggers and friends there are many vocal fans of Glen Garioch who are quick to suggest it, I guess I just get distracted by other better known (to me!) distilleries. Perhaps a visit is in order to cement my appreciation of Glen Garioch? Thanks to Justine at Kask Whisky for sharing this particular expression with us.

Colour:

Dark orange (13/20), medium-thick legs and slow medium tears

Nose:

Rich, sweet and fruity, plum duff, steeped dried fruit in rum or brandy, orange peel & lemon zest, milk chocolate, a little fruity apricot and peach, apple and cinnamon spice like apple pie or apple crumble, buttery and biscuit malt

Taste:

Red fruits, plum, damson, fig, jammy, apple and peach/nectarine, fleshy stone fruits, hints of ginger root and chewing tobacco, leather, tannins, tea, oak wood, chocolate gingers

Finish:

Medium long, chewy with rich toffee and dark dried fruits

Overall:

Perfect! I was intrigued by this dram as I sampled it more or less blind and only found out afterwards that this Glen Garioch was matured in French oak ex-Bordeaux wine casks – hence the fruit and tannic oak. I loved this, proving yet again that I shouldn’t overlook Glen Garioch as easily as I do!

Score: 88/100

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