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Glen Marnoch 29 Year Old 1988


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

5th Dec 2019


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  • Brand: Glen Marnoch
  • ABV: 40%

Glen Marnoch is the ‘luxe’ whisky brand of the German discount chain Aldi. There are NAS-expressions of Speyside, Highland and even Islay, but the distillery is kept secret (probably at the request of the producers). End of last year this Glen Marnoch 1988 was released, matured for almost three decades in the Speyside and somewhat hyped.

Very creamy nose on famer’s butter and oranges, dried apricots, mint and even a bit of peat. Becomes somewhat candy-like. Some nuts. Quite nice, actually. Round and rich.

Nicely oily and immediately very sweet on vanilla custard and pineapple cubes. Then some spices kick in like pepper and nutmeg. Some beeswax to give it depth. A slice of kiwi add a sour note, while a hint of quinine offers up some bitterness. Very round and nice whisky, to be honest.

Despite the low ABV, the finish is pretty long. I get mostly kiwi and a touch of sweet peat with some extra pepper at the death.

Yup, this is good stuff. If it were bottled at cask strength, it would probably be a belter. Thanks for the sample, Tom.


Nozinan commented

Wow, 36 reviews in a row without interruption! I don't know how you do it!

7 months ago 3Who liked this?

markjedi1 commented

@Nozinan I had some liquid backlog to catch up on.

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BlueNote commented

@markjedi1 Sounds good except for the puny 40%. What's the price?

7 months ago 0

markjedi1 commented

@BlueNote In my neck of the woods, you could buy this for 90 EUR. Value for money, I say.

7 months ago 0

OdysseusUnbound commented

Any guesses as to which distillery this comes from?

7 months ago 0

markjedi1 commented

@OdysseusUnbound It is a very well kept secret. Trust me, I tried to find out, but failed.

7 months ago 1Who liked this?

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