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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Glen Garioch 18 year old 2003 SMWS 19.71

Back to the Glen Garioch run!

To recap: SMWS obtained a large parcel of (at least three dozen?) first-fill bourbon barrels filled with Glen Garioch spirit distilled on the 17th of February 2003. I got my meat hooks into seven of these whiskies and the first two were great!

This one, named "Mad Wax: Fruity Load!" (mmhmm) by SMWS, arrives with a lighter ABV and a higher outturn than 19.59, thus the angels sought inebriation over hydration. But how's the whisky?

Distillery: Glen Garioch
Owner: Beam Suntory
Region: Eastern Highlands
Independent Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Age: 18 years (17 February 2003 - 2021?)
Maturation: first-fill bourbon barrel
Cask #: 19.71, "Mad Wax: Fruity Load!" [Editor's note: 🙁]
Outturn: 230 bottles
Alcohol by Volume: 54.4%
(from a paid event)


More of the country style in the nose, huzzah! Hay, oats, apple peels, lemon peels, and a mineral Austrian Riesling (snob!). Hints of honey and brine, and okay maybe a little bit of hot wax. Oh, such barley on the palate. Some baked phyllo dough and witbier. Pickled ginger with sweet citrus. Limoncello and brown sugar. It finishes with a little combo of tingly citrus, pickled ginger, and witbier.

DILUTED to ~46%abv, or 1 tsp of water per 30mL whisky

Pears, apples, orange blossoms, and malt on the nose. The palate's become simpler, but crisp. A bright herbal bitterness blends flawlessly with clementines and toasted barley. The finish matches the palate, especially with that bitterness.


Wow. I know this style isn't a cash magnet, but it works wonders for my face. The first-fill barrels are very understated, and the spirit gleams. The way the casks keep all the lovely rustic youth while silencing the rawness makes me want to try the Oldmeldrum distillery's new make. And there are still four more of these to go...

Availability - Sold out
Pricing - ???
Rating - 89