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Glen Garioch

The Glen Garioch distillery may well be Scotland's first licensed distillery. Varying dates are given as to the founding of the distillery, but all are predated by an article in the Aberdeen Journal on the 1st December 1785, which announced the first distillation of spirit at the site. Glen Garioch (pronounced ‘Glen Ggeery’) lies at the village of Old Meldrum in Aberdeenshire. The distillery buildings sit huddled on a little outcrop flecked with heather gorse and grasses and surrounded by barley pastures - it is said that some of the best barley in Scotland is to be found there.

Having changed hands many times over the course of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Glen Garioch distillery was shut down in 1968. Stanley P Morrison acquired the distillery two years later. In 1973, following extensive renovations, production resumed. The whisky produced was much more reminiscent of traditional Highland single malts, this was due in part to the floor maltings at the distillery and the malt maker’s schooling on Islay, where he learnt the joys of peated whiskies. At a time when the Islay malt whiskies were very fashionable, Glen Garioch’s new, robust character did much for the fortunes of the distillery. The floor maltings were decommissioned in 1979, though recently there has been much talk of using them once more.

Today, the distillery is under the Japanese Suntory ownership, after they acquired Morrison Bowmore in 1994. Glen Garioch currently runs at three quarters of capacity, producing around 700,000 litres per annum and selling roughly one third of this yearly, much being exported for the Asian market. There are several house bottlings, as well as a few exotic finishes and a handful of independent expressions.

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About Glen Garioch Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01651 873450

Distillery Capacity

1 000 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1797

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Morrison Bowmore

Distillery Address

Old Meldrum, Aberdeenshire

Distillery Website

www.glengarioch.com

1797

The distiller Thomas Simpson founds Glen Garioch.

1837

The distillery is bought by John Manson & Co., owner of Strathmeldrum Distillery.

1884

The distillery is bought by J. G. Thompson.

1908

Glengarioch Distillery Company, owned by William Sanderson, buys the distillery.

1933

Sanderson & Son merges with the gin maker Booth’s Distilleries Ltd.

1937

Booth´s Distilleries Ltd is acquired by Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1943

Glen Garioch is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).

1968

Glen Garioch is decommissioned.

1970

Sold to Stanley P. Morrison Ltd.

1973

Reconstruction and production starts again. A more peaty whisky is produced.

1978

Stills are increased from two to four.

1982

Becomes the first distillery to use gas from the North Sea for heating.

1994

Suntory controls all of Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd.

1995

The distillery is mothballed in October.

1997

The distillery reopens in August.

2004

336 bottles of the oldest ever Glen Garioch is released, a 46 year old from 1958.

2005

15 year old Bordeaux Cask Finish is launched. A visitor centre opens in October.

2006

An 8 year old is released.

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A single cask Glen Garioch 21 Year Old, this is a sophisticated older whisky that's developed a subtle savoury character...  More info
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A 21 year old from the Glen Garioch distillery. This was distilled in June 1991 and aged in a single cask (number 3854) and bottled in June 2012. A release of just 239 numbered, cask-strength bottles...  More info
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Distilled in 1958, aged for 46 years before bottling. A rare single malt from the Highland distillery, Glen Garioch.  More info
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A 15 year old from the Glen Garioch distillery with markedly old-fashioned packaging. This is a fruit-rich dram with plenty of body.  More info
This 21 year old Highland whisky from Glen Garioch is a rich, powerful single malt with as much flavour as one could wish for, we highly recommend this.  More info
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A youthful bottling from the Glen Garioch distillery, aged in bourbon casks. This 8 year old was the first official release since the distillery reopened in 1997.  More info
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18 Year Old single cask Glen Garioch. This was distilled on the 6th April 1990 and matured for 18 years in hogshead number 2695. Bottled by Signatory on the 25th June 2008 as part of a release of just...  More info
An extremely rare edition of Glen Garioch 21 year old from way back when. A collector's item.  More info
A single cask Glen Garioch, bottled for Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This was distilled in Autumn 1995, matured for 12 years in cask number 4072 and bottled in Winter 2007.  More info
A rich highland malt, this was matured in a bourbon barrel for 16 years before bottling by Douglas Laing in August of 2008 with an outturn of 312 bottles. Distilled at Glen Garioch in May of 1992.  More info
$91.96
A very rare, hard to find edition of Glen Garioch 21 Year Old. This is full to the brim with rich, thick flavours of malt, fruit and sherry.  More info
$419.58
This was distilled at the Glen Garioch distillery in November 1991 before a 15 year sting in refill hogshead number 3061 before bottling in November 2006. A release of 241 bottles from the Old Malt...  More info
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This was distilled at Glen Garioch on the 9th April 1990, and it was aged for 20 years in a single hogshead before bottling by Signatory on the 13th December 2010. A cask strength release of 294...  More info
$128.35
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