Berry Brother Glen Garioch Tasting Notes

Posted: January 6, 2017 in Glen Garioch, Scotch Whisky A-G

Berry Brothers Selection Glen Garioch 1989 (25? year old) 46%

Cask 7857/ Tasted: July 2015

Nose: A little austere to begin with brittle barley and hints of coffee’d tannins and soft vanilla. Given time it shows some maturity with dried white grape, pineapple, apricot, green apple and some lovely, dusty oak character developing.

Palate: Opens with oily vanilla and almond followed by straw and barley. Pleasantly mature and deep with lightly oxidised, sweetish, honey coated apricot fruit and hints of coffee.

Finish: Medium length with a gentle mineral and citrus finish along with lingering oily barley and oak.

Conclusion: Quite a dense and concentrated whisky, showing some lovely aged character.

Berry Brothers Selection Glen Garioch 1989 (26 year old?) 46%

Cask 7856/ Tasted: Oct 2016

Nose: Soft, macerated apricot, melon and banana along with gorgeously sweet barley and a lovely vanilla sheen. Hints of lime appears and there’s some charred oak notes in the background.

Palate: Opens with malt biscuits and heavily oiled fruit. Dense but unctuous and smooth with a touch of mature oak. However it’s the layers of oily fruit that take centre stage.

Finish: Long and crisper as the granite and citrus notes arrive along with a fleeting hint of peat smoke.

Conclusion: If the palate was as exuberant as the nose then this would have been exceptional, as it is, it’s just very good!

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