NOSE: At first I got a typical note found in dry red wines such as Cabernet sauvignon, Pinot Noir which is blackcurrants with some lemon zest in the background. Vanilla, raspberries, strawberries and bitter cranberries. Caramel, brown sugar, dried fruits toffee. And a touch of gentle fresh mint. The dominant notes, however, are mixed berries jam with brown sugar. Very nice. 22/25
TASTE: a very unique flavor experience which reminds me a lot of Pop rocks candy. A very sweet toffee arrival which quickly transitions into effervescent, fizzy sour and tannin-rich cranberry flavor which then promptly disappears in the finish. This is only true for a dram out of a freshly-opened bottle. But it's a very interesting sensation, so don't miss it! The more it oxidizes in the bottle, the less you'll notice this on the taste. It mellows out a lot. The body is very thin, almost watery, which I don't really like. Yet it's very pleasant with brown sugar and berry jam again along with some warm spices, vanilla and minerality. 21 /25
FINISH: more slightly bitter and sour cranberries, orange zest and toffee. 21/25
BALANCE: it's very pleasant and unique whisky with a relatively nice balance of flavors throughout the whole experience. 22/25
OVERALL IMPRESSION: a nice jammy whisky that your girlfriend will love!
This was the new club bottle at my whisky club's monthly meeting last night. We lined it up with the following:
•Benriach 15 Tawny Port Finish
•Ballechin Full Port Maturation
•Longrow RED Full Port Maturation
The peat-heads in the group (like me) naturally all preferred the Ballechin & the Longrow to the Glenmo & the Benriach. But the opinions between this Glenmo & the Benriach were more interesting.
I thought the Glenmo was fatter and more whisky-ish with a much bigger bite. I much preferred it. The Benriach was comparatively watery (to me) and VERY winey. The port fans in the group liked it a lot, but I didn't.
Regardless, Glenmo is due some points here for an interesting, quality, AGE-STATED, and affordable variation on their usual stuff.
The Ralfy video where he compares the current Quinta Ruban and the 1990s "Port Wood" is worth a spin.
@Georgy Great review - love the 'Berry Jam Pop Rocks' description. It sounds like a very appealing whisky to me, minus the thinness. I've recently been looking into this bottle and all around it seems pretty positive, even more so with some air in the bottle.
@OIJas Have you tried the Tomatin 14 Portwood yet? Would be curious to hear how it stacks up against the others you listed.