One of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland – and its most easterly – Glen Garioch (pronounced Geery in the ancient Doric dialect still spoken in these parts) has been making its mighty malt in the quaint and historic market town of Oldmeldrum, near Aberdeen in North East Scotland, ever since 1797. Shielded from the world’s prying eyes, deep in the fertile ‘Granary of Aberdeenshire’, and only ever produced in small, precious batches, Glen Garioch is a rare find indeed, but warmly appreciated by those who like a hearty Highland malt, non chill-filtered as nature intended, with a wholesome maltiness, honeyed sweetness and delicious creamy texture to savor.
Glen Garioch 12 Year as a new edition for the 2010, it was matured in both bourbon and sherry casks, and offers plenty of flavor and character. Bottled at 48% alc/vol.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge – 93 points.
NOSE: Roasted grain nuttiness, toasted malt, cigarette ash, new leather, grapefruit.
PALATE: Dry graininess that’s nicely supported by oaky vanilla, honey, and toffee.
FINISH: Long, spice, oak.