Thursday, 5 December 2013

Glen Garioch 12 Year Old

Advent Calendar 5/24.  Interestingly, having tried this I now “get” the Virgin Oak.  Once the dust has settled from this advent calendar rollercoaster, expect a re-review.  And the Milroys GG – jesus.  Suddenly I’m a Glen Garioch fan.  A keystone dram then, and thank you Masters of Malt for the advent education, just on schedule.   As my English teacher once commented after the first two blockbuster pages of a story I wrote when I was 15 – “Nice start, but can you keep it up?”

Glen Garioch 12 year old, 48% A+ 

Glen-Garioch-12-Year-Old

Nose – Initially fruity, with a toasted, malted, chocolate backing.  And a musty note – buttered toast and is it baby’s head or is that just what it smells like round here?  Really intriguing, sweet malty character.  Touch of caramelised apple.  Lovely.

Body – Smooth, smooth malt.  Deep, brown sweetness, rich malted wood and loads of milk chocolate. A blip of structural wood and then…

Finish – Medium/long finish, rich, sweet and well integrated.  Just a light backing of sechuan peppercorn citrus.  Very nice.

What's not good about it:  I could handle a little more fruit, more structure, but at this price…

What’s good about it:  Great value, complex nose, ripe malt body, good, sweet finish.  Lovely.

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