Whisky Review – Glen Garioch 21 year old (Lady of the Glen)

Glen Garioch 21 year old (Lady of the Glen)
56.4% ABV
Non-Chill Filtered
No added colouring
Ex-Bourbon barrel matured
£84.18 from Lady of the Glen
There was only 250 bottles to leave this ex bourbon cask filled with Glen Garioch spirit for 21 years. And only around 30 bottles are available from Lady of the Glen. If you’re thinking about buying this bottle then act quickly!
Lemon citrus malt is the first aroma that hits me shortly after pouring. Some gentle, dusty oak. Fresh crisp green apples. A little time and it is a lot of apples, with some soft melon. Now more age is coming through with some varnished oak. Acetone. And pear drops. With every return to sniff I’m noticing something slightly different, it is a very changeable and therefore explorable nose.  Now we have more lemon, sweet shops, sherbert fountains and touches of liquorice root. Now it’s more liquorice and some herbal elements. Some pine tree and fresh grass. Fascinating stuff.  Back to fruit and pears again, and a touch lavender. 
Arrival is sweet and malty, going into some alcohol nip, subsiding quickly to reveal layers of gentle fruit juices (lemon, apple, pear), biscuity barley, creamy vanilla, oak and a touch of liquorice. 
Sweetly layered long finish. Sweet liquorice, vanilla, apple, custard. Fading out with some pastry and oats. 
Adding water.
Adding only a few drops due to its age. The nose is now surprisingly fresh and crisp. Lots of apple and citrus. The palate, now without the alcohol intervention has a seamless arrival to development. Layers of creamy custardy malt, intertwined with fresh fruits, peppercorn and touches of oak. The finish is long, creamy and relaxing, with added vanilla fudginess. 
This is quite the lovely, traditional whisky. Tonnes of fruit and malt, one to explore carefully, with respect and lots of time.  This is a whisky to rest away a long tiring day with.
Much thanks to Lady of the Glen for the review sample. 


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