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05 Dec 2013

Glen Garioch 1990 (Kintra)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glen Garioch

I’ve heard nice things about this Glen Garioch 1990 bottled by Kintra. Glen Garioch can be austere and a little rough, let’s see whether the sherry cask made this one behave differently.

 

Glen Garioch 22 yo KintraGlen Garioch 22 yo 1990 (51,2%, Kintra 2013, refill sherry hogshead #7934, 302 btl.)

Nose: sweet and rummy, with some banana / Pisang notes. Papaya, melon, red fruit gums. Mount Gayrioch? Garioch Club? A nicely candied sherry influence anyway. But there’s more: eucalyptus and mint, some exotic woods, cigar boxes. And a very light coastal kick. Mouth: again surprisingly fruity. Juicy pears, fig syrup, some pink grapefruit and apricot jam. Lots of yellow raisins. Then a wave of spices from the oak: ginger, mint, cloves. Heather honey. Even a wee touch of smoke in the background. Finish: long, sweet and spicy with a resinous finale.

It’s surprising to come across a Glen Garioch that’s so Caribbean in a way. Very entertaining and easily drinkable, recommended. Around € 80.

Score: 89/100

Glen Garioch 1990 (Kintra) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-12-05

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