Tonight's whisky is brought to you straight from Aberdeen Shire, Eastern Highlands. A Glen Garioch, and what a coincidence (cough, cough), another dram from my year of birth!
Description:matured for 20 years in an ex-bourbon cask #5878, bottled at 56% ABV
Nose:a classic honeyed nose with elements of heather, sharp alcoholic, with muffled underlying notes of white grape juice, vanilla and a touch of peat smoke.
Mouth:smooth bodied, warm on the palate. main influence from bold oak and wood varnish, and sweet honey liquorice.
Finish:medium long finish with vague notes of orange peel hidden underneath a strong layer of avocado and ginger spice.
The Verdict:Good but forgettable. This whisky brings nothing new to the table, smooth like a contemporary Dalmore, but just as dull on its overall delivery. Drink this one neat, a dash of water just pulls the rug right from underneath the whole set-up.
< 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs 75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it 80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet 90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle 95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house