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Glen Garioch 1797 Founder's Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky (1000ml)
A character-filled no age-statement release named in celebration of Glen Garioch's co-founders, the Manson Brothers.
Other reviews... Impressively fruity and chewy; some serious flavour profiles there. 87.5 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2021
....We first tried this expression when it came out in 2009 (WF 80), time to revisit it. OH and it’s pretty cheap for a late 18th century vintage, isn’t it ;-). Colour: deep gold. Nose: it’s a rather leafy and grassy one, with pretty high oak extraction, and heavy notes of porridge and raw malt, as well as a grassy smokiness. Dairy cream, a fresh loaf of wholegrain bread, and only after a good five minutes, much more vanilla and light syrups (corn). Leaven. Looks like the distillate was young, and the oak pretty active. Mouth: tastes a bit like if it was hesitating between the distillery’s modern fruity style, and its smokier past, but that would be a grassy smoke once again. Quite some pepper, cut grass, leaves, apple peels, the whole remaining rather bitter and curiously unsexy given its positioning. A lot of green oak and quite some yeast too. Finish: long, peppery, sharp, leafy. Still not very sexy. Bitter and sour aftertaste. Comments: it remained a challenging dram in my book, much grassier than I remembered. 78 points - whiskyfun.com
Gold - Scotch Single Malt - Highland - 2017, International Wine & Spirit Competition
Gold - Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013, San Francisco World Spirits Competition