Glen Garioch 1990 Whisky Sponge Edition No.37
A 31 year old Glen Garioch, distilled in 1990 and matured in a surprisingly active hogshead. Bottled at natural cask strength of 53.9%, with an outturn of just 201 bottles.
Sometimes we try a cask and immediately we feel we just absolutely have to bottle it. This was definitely one of those casks.
Captured at a perfect age and strength, this Glen Garioch showcases everything that is great about old, and old style, Scottish single malt whisky. The hogshead was active but balanced, it has added a lot of complex and deeply resinous herbal and spice flavours to the whisky. These knit beautifully with the natural weight and waxiness of the distillate. There's fruits, teas, tobacco, earthy tones - there's everything going on here that you - yes YOU - adore about longer aged, older style highland malt whiskies. And this one really is older style, given blind you'd be forgiven for thinking it was distilled two decades earlier.
Anyway, the long and short of it is that this whisky tastes like fragile memories, quietly lusting after youth in shadowed library corners, the entropy of the human mind, tears in the rain, yearning, the gentle sting of ennui and that profound sense of quiet melancholy you feel when looking through old photographs.
Please enjoy it with a perfectly executed single tear while wearing your most reverential pair of slippers.
Whisky Sponge. X
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