Now comes to the last Glen Garioch I am reviewing from my "sample stocks". It was a bottle released in 2013 for a 14 years old whisky maturing all the time in ex-oloroso sherry cask. This was the first Glen Garioch that was matured entrirely in sherry cask with small batch release in recent years- only 6,000 bottles were produced at natural cask strength of 56.3%.
Aroma: First comes to the nose is ground coffee powder with digestive biscuit, then roasted malt, french toast, toasty, milk chocolate, hint of roasted wood and butterscotch. There is also quite strong sense of fruit in the nose: nectarine, apple, dates, hint of marmalade, hint of sweet spices, raisin and dry fruit. The aroma is a basically a lovely combination of sweetness and roastiness.
Palate: Medium body, a strong roasty taste hits first to the mouth: dark coffee, dark chocolate, roasted wood with hint of sulphur, quite dry with the burning wood & apple peel tannin. Sweetness comes gradually with apple, dates, dark plum & dark plum peel, hint of orange peel, nectarine, apricot and raisin at the back
Aftertaste: Medium to (+) length, dark roasted coffee, roasted wood bitterness, raisin, dark plum and hint of apple peel
Wow it is quite a dry and tannic sherry whisky! I did not expect the burnt wood characters would be that strong with such a young age (14yo). Both the palate and aroma are full of wood, roasted coffee and dry fruit characters with the combination of sweet fruits like nectarine and apricot. It is again a lovely one in spite of its young age. If you are a sherry fans, I am sure you must enjoy this whisky quite much and so do I. It would be more perfect if the body can be slightly fuller and more powerful. With all the 5 reviews from Glen Garioch that I made, it seems I like more the production of 90s vs 80s.
Well done Rachel, you have done a great job in Glen Garioch and do appreciate your work! -85points