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05 Sep 2012

Glen Garioch 1991 (Liquid Sun)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glen Garioch

It’s going to be a Belgian week on this blog. We’ve had two Thosop releases and now a Glen Garioch 1991 bottled by Liquid Sun for The Whiskyman. More interesting Belgian releases are coming up, stay tuned.

 

Glen Garioch 1991 (Liquid Sun)Glen Garioch 20 yo 1991 “The Whiskyman’s Dram” (52,6%, Liquid Sun 2012, refill hogshead, 177 btl.)

Nose: slightly rough take-off, lots of mineral notes and grasses… Aspirin. Quite some heather too, a few herbal notes (rosemary springs to mind). Ginger. A soft sooty veil as well. Shy fruit, although it displays a nice (secondary) citrus theme after a while, together with tiny hints of vanilla. Takes time. Mouth: instantly more sweetness now, with a nice round orange note. Then peppercorns, ginger and heather again. Regains its sharpness over time, with medium peat, a herbal / earthy bitterness and salty liquorice roots towards the end. Finish: long, quite bitter, gingery and salty.

I know people will disagree with me, but personally I don’t like the (too) austere, mineral kind of Brora or Port Ellen. On some levels this reminds me of those whiskies. Around € 100.

Score: 84/100

Glen Garioch 1991 (Liquid Sun) 3 Ruben Luyten 2012-09-05

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