Whisky Review – Glen Marnoch 24 year old

Glen Marnoch 24 year old
40%ABV
Available for £34.99 at Aldi

Nose.

Initially quite a vanilla cake mix nose, but with time very Complex fruit. Loads of it. I seem to be finding all sorts. Oranges, apples, pears, lemon citrus, then pineapple. A little more time and Polish comes into the mix, with some shiny varnished wood panelling to match. A little dusty museum thing going on. A good start. A little more time and powdered sugar is in the forefront. More time and pineapple back up front. It’s quite changeable.

Palate.

Sweet. Vanilla. Honey maltiness. Light mouthfeel albeit still reasonably coating. A reasonable fruity mix going on, but is somewhat overpowered by the sugars. A little fizziness in the mid development. A little warmth mid palate, but overall very smooth. I would say more fruit than wood, but there is definite oak spices (pepper) there, just not heavy.

Finish.

Fizzy Sweets, then a minute touch of salt and bitter, sweetness comes back, finally slowly drying out, leaving a slight oak dustiness behind.

Adding water.

Tiniest little drop. The nose now has almost a little charred wood smoke to it. Still retaining its fruity complexity and aged wood hints. The diluted palate gives a little more woodiness, whilst dulling down some of the sugars. The finish is drier and dustier sooner. And possibly a little bit more bitter at the mid/end finish.

Conclusion.

Ok…so….it’s nice. It’s complex. It’s got a few oddities in the palate and finish, but nothing overall spoiling the experience. It’s obviously 24 years old, but probably doesn’t feel like a 24 year old, it feels younger, it actually reminds me of one of the major distilleries 18 year old expression, possibly with a little more in the nose than that expression though. For the money it’s well worthy of a go. If only aldi/Glen Marnoch (whoever they may be) would up the ABV, ditch the colouring, non-chill filter etc, it would be very interesting indeed!

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