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Through Facebook, twenty bloggers worldwide were chosen to try the soon-to-be-released, unique single malt from Glen Garioch. So when I received the e-mail confirmation a few days ago, I was quite happy. Today, the box arrived, containing some chocolate, a jar of marmalade and – obviously – a sample of the new, mysterious Glen Garioch. Taking my job as impromptu Drambassador seriously (but not too much) I immediately got to work.
The accompanying note contained a few hints, but to be honest, it did not help me very much. The chocolate and marmalade were supposed to be hints as well. Oh, well. Let me just stick to the whisky, eh?
On the nose I get a soury touch, which makes me believe this is a wine cask. Could it be Limousin, the beautiful red wine from the Bordeaux region? After all, I know that my good friend and former distillery manager at Auchentoshan, Jeremy Stephens, has a soft spot for this wine. A couple of Auchentoshan matured on these casks have already been released. Knowing that Glen Garioch (and Bowmore) are from the same stable, this might be entirely plausible. I get Turkish Delight, toffee, ginger and cloves. Something peppery. Or is that curry? The longer I wait, the sweeter it becomes – and more fruity too. Quite an exotic and creamy nose. I am very fond of this!
It is pretty creamy and sweet on the palate as well, with the immediate return of the vinous touch, but rather subtle now. Spicy, too. A bit of a powerhouse, in fact. Some dried fruit and red berries. Quite a complex beast and I think it has quite a few years of maturation on the counter too. Vintage 1990? Would that not be sweet?
The finish is long, warm and spicy with hardly any oak at the death.
Quite a special Glen Garioch, to be sure. Unique, as I cannot compare it to any Glen Garioch I have tried before. With my thoughts on terroir and age, I will undoubtedly be way off the mark, but that does not make the experience any less rewarding. This is a great whisky!