Off notes are funny things right?
They can come out of nowhere for no reason seemingly. You can get weird notes coming from the spirit, cask or even bottling. Although, in most cases it’s going to be one of the first two. Bruichladdich for instance is known for its lactic, baby sick note. Tobermory is well known on r/Scotch for smelling of butthole. Springbank can be all kinds of funky too. Those examples it tends to be the spirit that you’re getting those notes from.
Sometimes though, you get option two. Where a random cask has picked up something funky and brought it through into the spirit. For me, this was one of those. Luckily, it’s restricted to the nose and luckily this is an exclusive bottling that you aren’t really going to see outside Switzerland.
In any case, I’ve always wanted to try older Glen Garioch (and now I want to try even older Glen Garioch) because the further back you go, reportedly, the peatier it was…
Glen Garioch 1992 Berry Bros & Rudd for Switzerland 56%
Nose: Cheesy. Weirdly cheesy, like Parmesan cheese. Other than that it's quite austere, slight chalk, slight lemon, slight orange. Just shadows though, can't really pin them down.
Taste: Very soft then oily then chalky and dry, then lovely sharp lemon and orange juice, you really feel the acidity (in a good way). Great development of flavours.
Finish: Long length. Soft oils, good oak, a sooty thing going on. Nice.
Bottled 2015 at 22 years old. Almost like an old Springbank apart from the cheese on the nose. The taste and finish on this are great, just that nose lets it down.
Thanks for reading!
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