Hunter Laing Glen Garioch Tasting Notes

Posted: June 27, 2013 in Glen Garioch, Scotch Whisky A-G

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Garioch 1994 (20 year old) 50%

Code: OMC2430/ Dist: Oct 1994 Btl: Oct 2014/ Tasted: Nov 2014

A delicious nose of sweet barley and shortbread biscuit along with leafy herb notes. Hints of dark malt and fragrant, lightly stewed fruit follow. Gently spiced (cinnamon) with a touch of oak.

Creamy vanilla, toasted toffee and a touch of barley to begin with. Heavier on the oak than the nose would suggest but a touch of stewed fruit and malt comes through on the middle. Good length with a mouth-wateringly refreshing citrus and barley finish. Lightly herbal and sweetly spiced after-taste. I thought the palate was going to stomped on by the oak but the spirit comes through rather well.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Garioch 1991 (21 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2262/ Dist: Jan 1991 Btl: May 2013/ Tasted: June 2013

An intense and prickly nose of earthy barley, straw and citrus. Beneath lays some lightly creamy oak, honey, heather and malt.

The palate is quite alcoholic with hints of barley, malt, honey and wood spices just about discerned. Hints of demarara sugar come through on the middle but the finish is very dry and masked by the alcohol.

With water the nose becomes fresher and juicier with a lovely purity of orange fruit. Maybe showing a touch more oak now along with some gentle spice notes. The palate also shows more creamy oak now along with some sweet barley and straw. Again simpler but much more enjoyable with a luscious orange character. Long and juicy with a crumbly spice finish.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Garioch 1991 (25 year old) 50%

Refill Sherry?/ Code: OMC2584/ Dist: Apr 1991 Btl: Aug 2016?/ Tasted: Sept 2016

Malty and herbal on the nose with hints of treacle and grippy spices. Plenty of refill sherry character with a touch of barley, greengage, lime and baked fruit. Good balance and maturity with some late sweet spice and vanilla.

The palate is full and herbal with treacle, malt and almost tarry notes. Slightly chocolaty on the middle with the herbal notes picking up a head of steam. The alcohol comes through on the finish to freshen and allows hints of vanilla, mature rose petals and sweet spice to appear. In fact the finish has a lovely spicy intensity.


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