Berrys' Own Selection

Glen Garioch

1989, 26 Years Old, Cask #7856

ABV 54.6%
REVIEWED Issue 140
Brand: Glen Garioch, Berry Bros. & Rudd, Berrys' Own Selection
Expression: 1989, 26 Years Old, Cask #7856
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 26 years old
ABV: 54.6%
Country/Region: Scotland / Highland
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Issue 140
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Glen Garioch Distillery, Old Meldrum, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Highland, Scotland
Taster   Joel Harrison
Nose: The first calling card here is a hint of smoke, which sets the scene for a bed of tropical fruits and vanillas. Appetising and rounded with a hint of age.
Palate: The smoke plays the main role on the palate here, but it is not aggressive island smoke, more mossy style smoke. Behind it is vanilla and oak spice.
Finish: A full flavour where the smoke explodes more.
Comment: One of the better mainland smoked whiskies I’ve had. Not quite a vintage Brora, certainly a nod in the right direction.
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Soft, macerated apricot, melon and banana, along with sweet barley and a vanilla sheen. Hints of lime appear and there are charred oak notes in the background.
Palate: Opens with malt biscuits and heavily oiled fruit. Dense, but unctuous and smooth with a touch of mature oak. However, it’s the layers of oily fruit that take centre stage.
Finish: Long and crisper as the granite and citrus notes arrive, a fleeting hint of peat smoke.
Comment: If the palate was as exuberant as the nose then this would have been exceptional.
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