I received a 1l bottle of GlenParker Speyside Single Malt from my brother after he visited the island of Kos in Summer 2000. Does anyone know which distillery it originates from / age or any other details. The only clue is the the name James Parker, Glasgow. Any information would be very welcome!
I think we are dealing here with an independent bottler, who uses his own name for his malt from Speyside, I believe that his malt varies from perhaps Glenfarclas to Glenfiddich or whatever he gets his hands on for a reasonable price, and then it's export only, and the result is that it sells good in Greece or Spain or whatever he can sell it to. That's my vision of him.
The infamous Glen Parker is bottled by Angus Dundee PLC. Their homepage doesn't reveal the origin. Some suggest that it is a young Highland malt most likely from a larger distillery. Wherever it is from, it's not a very enjoyable malt.
I recently bought a litre of Glen Parker whisky in Dubai airport, and its the most vile whisky I have ever tasted and I have tasted quite a lot. I took two tastes just in case and the rest went down the sink, I would not even let my wife cook with it. A really vile whisky
Ah, the Glen Parker-a fine dram when held up against the likes of Drumguish, Loch Dhu and Glen Eden.
I had a bottle of this awhile back. It is a very inexpensive malt. Predominantly oak with a touch of maltiness. Unpleasant yes but not vile. The big problem: very astringent. Glen Ronach is also similar.
I bought It because it was a cheap Malt I had never tried. It's probably the worst whiskey I ever drank, but I still like it. It's Harsh, leaning towards bitter, and slightly acid on my nose. Satisfying throaty aftertaste. Puts me in mind of fish. its fishy. BUT it somehow works extremely well as an Accompaniment to a cool glass of Kilkenny Ale. Recipe: 1X Glass Kilkenny, well poured 1X Generous Glen Parker with a block of ice.
Sip at leisure, alternately, in whichever sequence takes your fancy. Not bad!
Robbie's Drams in Ayr (good range of stock on website) sells Glen Parker and a few other younger 'budget' malts. I haven't tried this one, but even at the £15 a pop I think I will save by pennies for the upcoming Islay releases. However, at the bargain basement end of things, I recently got a couple of bottles of Tomatin 10 and Aberlour 10, and for the money, they are both decent enough.
Glen Parker is to the Malt Whisky industry what horse shit is to rhubarb. It is not a proper Malt by any stretch of the imagination and presumably is bought by unsuspecting drunk wanderers of late night shopping at airport duty frees. Even the label makes one suspicious and the taste confirms your worst fears. It should be banned or a label added stating clearly it is an insult to good malt or even blended whisky and is not fit as either a) toilet cleanser or b) de-icer in Russia where a good one (vodka) can be licked off the windscreen by passing alkies, I kid you not. Any self respecting alkie would give Glen Parker de-icer a miss!
I just picked up a bottle of GlenParker tonight at the LCBO. Again because I always pick up any malt I have not seen before. I think the reason this post keeps coming back is because this offering is just that BAD.
If anyone has tasted sour mash moonshine they will know exactly the nose and palate of GlenParker. I am fairly confident someone is buying bad mash that reputable firms wont even cask. It is very young, sour and mashy tasting. I intend to return this bottle to the LCBO
I am not a whisky drinker as you can see by my profile. Notwithstanding, I bought a bottle of the illustrious Glen Parker for my husband (no, I don't hate him) thinking since it said single malt on the bottle that it would be one of those peaty type whiskies that he loves.
Unfortunately not the case! So I have asked for a refund, since it is clearly not what it purports to be.
I have yet to hear back from the seller, but I will let you know how it goes!
Grateful to have found this thread, I can assure you!
Generally speaking Speyside whiskies whether blended or single malt are not peated. Single malt refers to malted barley for distillation at a single distillery. Now blended whiskies can also be peaty. Take Teachers or Johnnie Walker Black. Both have a fair amount of smokey character.