Here’s a new Glen Garioch 1991 bottled by Malts of Scotland. A few months ago, the distillery announced a limited 1991 release at cask strength as well (batch N°38). Let’s hope we can have them side-by-side one day.
Glen Garioch 19 yo 1991 (50,1%, Malts of Scotland 2010, cask #3175, 234 btl.)
Nose: white fruits at first (pear mostly, some apple), minerals, mint and citrus, then after some breathing it becomes very lightly sooty. Hints of coconut. Showing a fragrant side at times. Marzipan. Nice to see this light smokiness but overall not very expressive and a little youngish for a 20 year-old.
Mouth: apple juice poured in an ashtray? No, not an ashtray – it’s just lightly smoky. Dry, earthy and heathery smoke. Still high on sweet apple juice. A bit of lemons and oranges. Almond notes again. Light spices.
Finish: rather sweet and rounded. Almonds and apple.
Certainly not a bad Glen Garioch, as it’s pleasant and well-made but just not very fascinating in my opinion. Around € 90.