Interesting Whisky from Master of Malt Part 2

Brilliant Old School picture from Glen Garioch (1)

(Awesome picture of Glen Garioch Distillery)

As I mentioned in Part 1, I was going to taste some unusual whisky from Master of Malt. I started with Crief’s finest Glenturret 34 year old, not seen around due to so much of it being poured into Famous Grouse’s many blends. Very complex, buttery, oily stuff, which you can read about here.

I was going to write up the other 2 whiskies that night, but I was exhausted (it was close to 2am) so now, with a good 8 hours kip and a coffee in me, let’s take a look at the rest of the fine libations Master of Malt sent me:


Glen Garioch 21 Year Old
Bottled By Master of Malt at 48.8% Abv
Buy here for £59.95

Glen Garioch has quite a long history. With Glenturret, Glen Garioch is one of the older distilleries in the country (est 1797). Quite an interesting history including mosquitoes, innovation and environmentalism (check it out here), Glen Garioch was closed for a brief period from 1995 til 1997. It’s never been the most well known of distilleries. It has only been of late, that Glen Garioch’s parent company, Morrison Bowmore, has started pushing this single malt. Graeme wrote about some of their other editions here.

Nose: Like a tequila. Oily, sugary, grassy. Slight hints of fruitiness and slight marzipan. Spicy and a little hint of menthol. Even for 21 years, the cask has only had a very light influence on the spirit.

Palate: Quite light, oaky, slightly dry. Then the marzipan

With water: It goes really nutty and gingery. Like a ginger nut biscuit.

Overall: A delicate little dram. At the time, I was in the mood for something with a little more impact. That’s not to say it was bad, it was just quite light. Definitely worth adding water to. Opens it up.


Aultmore 5 Year Old
Bottled by Master of Malt at 66.8% Abv (I thought it was 66.6, which would have been devillish)
Buy it here for £44.95

Founded in 1895 to supply the whisky boom, it then got hit hard when a few years later, there was a whisky crash due to Pattinson of Leith and his disastrous business decisions. It managed to stay open though, and has become one of those distilleries used by blenders. Now owned by Bacardi, who own Dewars, it is a fair bet to suggest that much of it goes into Dewar’s whisky or William Lawson’s whisky.

Nose: It’s definitely a dram for adding water to. Far too strong otherwise

With water: Biscuity, cakey, toffee crisp. Nutty, almondy. Apricot and peach. Lovely stuff

Palate: Danish pastries, cream, and blackcurrant. Yum

With water: It goes more lemoney

Overall: Raw with so much potential. Lovely fruits which will develop over time in the cask.

All very interesting drams. The Glenturret 34 was the winner for me, followed by the Aulmore and then the Glen Garioch. The Glen Garioch was just a bit light.

Chris Hoban

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