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Glen Garioch 18 yo 1975 / 1994 Cadenhead 54.9% vs Glen Garioch 13 yo 1975 / 1988 Samaroli 57%

Glen Garioch 13 yo 1975 / 1988 Samaroli 57%

This is not the sort of heavy peat that’s thick on medicinal or coastal elements. It is a kind of immense but lean or chiselled peat profile that wants to exists on a higher register. Plenty of elegant smoke stands out, the sort that makes you breathe in not turn away, burnt clay, woodfired ovens, weathered concrete and sodden chalky ground. It is a peat of penetrating power that cannot be ignored, borne of classy tobacco and coals in polished braziers, far from the brutish outdoors. Its seems at home with accoutrements like gentian and camphor ointments, neroli and some delicate incense notes like frankincense and elemi. Dogged notes of sugared orange peel, yellow peach and mint tea are lithe enough to dodge the power. A dazzling whisky but probably not the most accessible. And tends to change over time. The fruit elements disappear and the powerful peat and farmy aspects come to the fore.  In fact it’s gets more and more penetrating after time in the glass.  94 pts

Glen Garioch 18 yo 1975 / 1994 Cadenhead 54.9%

A peat of wider phenolic profile , if you see what I mean, as if the entire moor burns underfoot. Bonfires of burning branches, leathery sappy leaves still attached and cast off oak branches. Also moss and dry grasses on parched rocky ground. Charred flints, burnt orange peel, pine resin and ink. Sharp white ash and a sense of great heat. The thing is the austerity of both these two whiskies belies a wealth of nuances, which one can sense, but grasp with no more surety than smoke in the twilight. Another stunner. 92 pts

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