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.
Marking a milestone in Glen Garioch’s recent history, Glen Garioch 1995 was the last to smoke its barley with peat, before being left to mature in the finest first fill bourbon barrels. Bottled at 55.3% alc/vol.
NOSE: Mocha and muscavado, leading to menthol peat notes, dried banana and toffee.
PALATE: Chocolatey mocha notes with golden syrup drizzled on top; with a buttery mouth-feel.
FINISH: The finish is sweet with syrup pudding and a burst of minty peat smoke.