This is the second last Glen Garioch I review before reviewing other distilleries. This time it is a vintage single cask with only 151 bottles available. And again I had a chance to get a small sample to taste with.
Glen Garioch 1986/ 2013 single cask #1720, 51.2%, bottle# 58/151, North American Hosghead
Distilled date: 9 May 1986
Bottling date: 26 Sep 2013
Appearance: Medium(+) gold
Aroma: Lemon, lime, lemon mud cake, unripen banana and pear, ginger, soapy, hint of savoury, liquorice, furniture polish/ vinegar, hint of wood and nutmeg. After 5 mins, the characters of camomile, apple crumble and hint of vanilla start to come gradually and are sensed at the later stage. Pretty light style.
Because of the weirdness, I decided to add water to the whisky and it opens up much better for the drink.
Here comes with the aroma: gooseberry, spices, vanilla, toasted wood, hint of mint and saltiness, and of course lemon mud cake still exists with some vinegar and furniture polish, hint of berry leaves and autumn leaves
Palate: Medium(-) to medium body. Soapy, lemon mud cake, a bit like lemon detergent as the first sip. Lemon zest, ginger, hint of roasted wood and grapefuit bitterness, hint of sultana.
(After adding water, palate changes a bit too: Lemon, honey, lemon jelly, white currants, but still soapy. Then it comes with a bit artificial lemon and peach flavoured essense )
Aftertaste: Medium length, lemon zest, pear, soapy and lemon mud cake, hint of camomile and honey water
This is pretty strange whisky again from the 1986 Glen Garioch. Last time was with some orange jelly and this time is soapy with some lemon detergent characters. Is my sample contaminated or was the cask not good enough condition to produce the weird soapy and detergent like characters? On the other hand, as a 27yo single cask whisky with the above performance, sorry it is something I would not recommend. -74pts