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.
After two years’ silence, the distillery gates were flung open and production recommenced in 1997. Now unsmoked, Glen Garioch 1997 has been matured in a combination of first and second fill bourbon barrels. Bottled in 2012 at 56.7% alc/vol.
NOSE: Fruit, green apple, pear.
PALATE: Creamy, spiced pear crumble, ripe banana and toffee are followed by honeydew melon.
FINISH: Long, ground nutmeg and allspice.