Glen Garioch 1987 for CWS

I already tried a Glen Garioch 1979 for Chief Whisky Society in China some time ago, they had two single casks at the same time. This one is a 1987 vintage with just 132 bottles.



Glen Garioch 1987 for CWS #603Glen Garioch 1987
(47,1%, OB for CWS China 2017, refill sherry butt #603, 132 btl.)

Nose: fruity sherry (figs, raspberry, juicy plums) mixed with fragrant herbal notes of rosemary and heather. Old wood resin. Some winey touches. Hints of redcurrants and cassis candy, but no lavender and such. Fairly heady, maybe not entirely classic but really nice nonetheless.

Mouth: still lots of Mediterranean herbs, with a light bitter edge and gentle peat. Fresh leather. Then sweeter notes of red fruits (plums again, pink grapefruit, strawberry). Citrus peel. White pepper and liquorice. Light blossomy notes, or maybe herbal balm, yes.

Finish: medium, more herbs, light smoke and oranges with clove.

I kept changing my mind about this Glen Garioch. It does show a lot of nice sherry character, fruits and such, but also fragrant herbal notes that flirt with the dreaded perfumy notes, even though it never really crosses the line (contrary to the Glen Garioch 1979 for CWS).

Score: 87/100