Whisky Review: Glen Garioch 1980 Aged 22 Years Single Cask #5688

Style: Soapy and Complex

Nose:
An intriguing mix of haystacks and fresh cut grass. Peaty wood smoke brimming on top of subtle tropical fruits. Smoked eel, salted pineapple and caramel. I can mistake this as an Islay bottling. Floral notes diffusing in, slightly soapy. Interesting… Feels like an old-school nose.

Palate:
Curiously soapy. Reminds me of late 80s Bowmore. Musky tropical fruits with floral soap on the palate. Ester fruits sit behind while wood smoke churning softly. Dry hay undertone, while peppermint spice pinching in. Perfumed water, parma violet hovering over amber coal. More smoked eel, confectionery shop finish.

Finish:
Soap continues to bubble, smoky malt, barley husk and soft tropical fruits.

Thoughts:
I am not a big fan of soapy malt, so this is definitely not my dram. It is like soap bar sure smells good, but I don’t want to eat a soap-flavoured ice cream. That said, the whisky does offer nice old-school signatures. Wood smoke, peat, complex with a good sweet-dry balance, if you don’t mind soapy stuff, give it a go.

[53.6% • Original Bottling • 2012 Bottled • 1980 Distilled • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Matured in a Hogshead]

-Esmond

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