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Glen Garioch 10 Year Old 2011 Brachadair

Gooseberries & Kiwi

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

8th Mar 2023


Glen Garioch 10 Year Old 2011 Brachadair
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It's been way too long since I tasted anything of this great Belgian bottler, but when I met him at Maltclan, Patrick filled some sample bottles for me with a lot of gusto. One of them contained this 10-year-old Glen Garioch (distilled in May 2011 and bottled in April 2022, so only a month younger than 11 years), which I will put on the lips with equally as much gusto. It is particularly pale.

The nose is very herbal with all kinds of green garden herbs, mosses and grasses. Some sweet and sour notes of citric acid candy and grapefruit try to pierce through that but have the greatest difficulty. Ditto for some white fruit. Pepper and something that reminds me of curry dominates this nose. I confess, this is very atypical in my opinion and I'm not sure yet whether I like this or not.

He is quite spicy on arrival. Pepper and licorice come first, but then citrus fruit goes smoothly over it. That makes up for a lot for me. This is followed by gooseberries and kiwi, vanilla and icing sugar. Yes, this is tasty and also quite powerful.

The finish even gets a bit sweet, despite the fact that the pepper continues to tickle until the very last moment.

The nose put me completely on the wrong foot, because on taste and in the finish this is a very pleasant, if quite atypical, Glen Garioch. For sale for about 75 EUR.

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