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Dewar Rattray Glen Garioch
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50% 7 A quirky little number. Well worth a look.
Duncan Taylor Glen Garioch 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 8 Has the X factor.
Duncan Taylor Glen Garioch 1988, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 8 Very sweet but the classic heather honey is balanced by the gently peaty, smoky dryness that has vanished from most Highland malts.
Glen Garioch (A Rare Find) 1978 33 Years Old Cask 10997
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.80% 8 An accomplished whisky, rich with a pleasant liveliness and balance.
Glen Garioch (A Rare Find) 1986 26 Years Old Cask 1807
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.40% 7 A very refreshing dram especially with a dash of water. Not a great deal of complexity but a good structure to it.
Glen Garioch (A Rare Find) 1997 15 Years Old Cask 828
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.80% 7 A soft drink with alcohol? Pleasant and refreshing. A dash of water is necessary to cut the edges though. But it enhances astringency.
Glen Garioch (A Rare Find) 1998 14 Years Old Cask 663
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 8 An enticing “whispering” whisky which makes me think of a fresh watercolour. Or a Schubert “moment sonata.” Definitely a springtime dram.
Glen Garioch (A Rare Find) 1999 12 Years Old Cask 2906
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.20% 7 A shy and sleepy whisky. Water wakes it up a little revealing spices but it still lacks expression.
Glen Garioch 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 I have always enjoyed Glen Garioch as one of the few peaty whiskies still made in the Highlands. I hope this peaty character does not totally vanish.
Glen Garioch 12 Years Old, National Trust for Scotland bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.40% 7 Approachable and enjoyable, but a little mild-mannered for me. Bring back the peat…please!
Glen Garioch 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Less robust, more rounded. It is one of those choices that depends on the mood.
Glen Garioch 1968, 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 8 With its chestnut colour and highly distinctive flavours, this is a wonderfully wintery whisky.
Glen Garioch 1971
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.30% 7 The nose is more appealing than the palate. Not much complexity for such an old whisky. Pleasant though.
Glen Garioch 1979, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.10% 8 Some Glen Garioch are sometimes dismissed on account of their 'tartan and stag' packaging, but this is a serious whisky and deserves to be treated as such.
Glen Garioch 1985, 16 Years Old, Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.90% 7 I have always had a quiet fancy for this malt. It has a lot character: demonstrated here in the way it stands up to such heavy sherry.
Glen Garioch 1986
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.40% 7 A big, robust whisky from the days when Glen Garioch made its own peated malt. I love the idea of a smoky whisky from the edge of Speyside, but I find this slightly astringent.
Glen Garioch 1994 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.90% 7 With water is fine boned and delicate.
Glen Garioch 1997
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70% 8 Quite a complex beast, that's difficult to pin down, but all the better for it.
Glen Garioch 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A very sophisticated bottling. Perfect after a fine dinner.
Glen Garioch 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A reminder that a distillery with its own maltings gains a layer of character. So long as the maltings is working.
Glen Garioch 25 Years Old, 1986
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 8 More well-chosen wood.
Glen Garioch 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 I love the peaty, burnt notes notes in this robustly malty whisky.
Glen Garioch Glen Garioch 1995
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 7 Solid and drinkable.
Glen Garioch Single Malt Scotch Vintage 1998 Wine Cask Matured
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00% 8 Superb nose but a very tannic palate.
Master of Malt Glen Garioch 1990 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.80% 8 Approaching its twilight years, but still with a definite spring in its step. Very nicely balanced indeed.
MWBH Glen Garioch 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.30% 7 A refreshing young whisky that would make a great aperitif when neat, or mixed in a classic Manhattan.
Old & Rare Platinum Glen Garioch 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 8 This has lasted superbly for its age, proof that Glen Garioch is a seriously impressive malt, one that improves with lengthy maturation.
Old Masters Glen Garioch 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.90% 8 A rich aromatic profile and a soft texture give that whisky a sensuous feel. The perfect afterdinner dram to enjoy a moment of calm and of solitude maybe…
Old Masters Glen Garioch 1988, 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.90% 7 A big warming dram whose generosity of flavour comes as a relief after a couple of meanies.
Signatory Glen Garioch 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 The cask was too tired to give roundness to that elegantly grassy malt. Alcohol needs to be tamed by water but still…