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.
The quintessential Glen Garioch, Glen Garioch 1794 Founders Reserve celebrates the brothers who first established the distillery and the 200 plus years of craftsmanship that goes into every bottle that bears the Manson name. Bottled at 48% alc/vol.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge – 90 points.
NOSE: Dry, Tobacco, grainy, slightly buttery/oily, with nuances of sawdust, oak plank, white pepper.
PALATE: Focused grain flavors, especially malt, oatmeal/porridge, breakfast cereal toastiness.
FINISH: Medium to long, grain, malt, oak.