Glen Garioch 1995, 55.3%

Last week Morrison Bowmore hosted a Twitter Tasting with a couple of their newest releases, which were all matured in First Fill Bourbons casks. The Twitter handle #lovefirstfill was used.

Glen Garioch Sample

Glen Garioch Sample

Unfortunately for Gal and me, DHL messed things up and delivered our samples the day after the tasting, so we decided to still do it the regular Twitter way, but just a day late.

Glen Garioch is a Highland distillery of which I haven’t tasted many drams. For some reason though, I really want a bottle of theirs since what I’ve tasted is rather delicious. Their whisky has a very old fashioned thing about it which I really enjoy.

Throw in that with some Bowmores and an Auchentoshan and you’re set for a rather tremendous Twitter Tasting.

This 1995 vintage whisky is from batch 10 of their releases, done in late 2012.

Glen Garioch 1994 at Master of Malt

Glen Garioch 1994 at Master of Malt

The nose is rather present since I don’t have to put my nose in the glass to get some scents. There’s allspice and oak at first, just a tad bitter. Dried lemon, old vanilla and banana, hard candy and creme brulee. It gets spicy later, so spicy, then creamy and fruity, then spicy again. A lot of things going on without it being all over the place.

As expected there’s a lot of spice with banana cream behind it. If I was Joshua from I’d put this picture here. I get pepper, caramel, oak, autumnal with dry leaves and dirt.

The spices keep going for a bit on the rather long finish, but after a few seconds the vanilla, banana and buttery caramel get bigger. There’s some coconut here too.

If a cask has to showcase first fill bourbon, this is it. I really love the flavours present and this, to me, shows what a good bourbon cask is capable of. Lots of depth, lots of complexity while not just going the oak route. This one made the wish list!

Glen Garioch vintage 1995, 17yo, 55.3%. It’s available from Master of Malt at £ 49.46

Official sample provided by Glen Garioch / Morrison Bowmore. Thanks guys!

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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1 Response to Glen Garioch 1995, 55.3%

  1. Gal Granov says:

    Indeed, a lovely dram , and a true demonstration of 1st fill. A nice way to start the event.:)

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