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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 spicy, rich Glen Garioch distilled in May of 1986, aged for 25 years in a single refill hogshead and bottled in November 2011 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.  More info
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This was distilled at Glen Garioch in June of 1991. It was filled into cask 3855 where it rested for 19 years before bottling in January of 2011. A release of 243 bottles.  More info
This is a 16 year old, single cask Glen Garioch from Douglas Laing's superb Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in May 1992 and was aged in a bourbon barrel before bottling in August 2008. This is a...  More info
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This Glen Garioch was distilled in 1986 when the distillery still peated a proportion of its malt - something it stopped doing after it closed temporarily in the mid-1990's.  More info
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A cask strength 1994 vintage from Glen Garioch, aged in American oak barrels which results in a beautiful vanilla sweetness, coupled with the classic Glen Garioch core of rich fruit and hints of...  More info
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Glen Garioch, from the village of Old Meldrum, is one of the oldest distilleries in the Highlands. Mackillop's Choice have bottled this peated expression from 1990.  More info
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Expect spice and rich malty goodness from this Highland classic - Glen Garioch. Matured for exactly 23 years, 309 bottles were produced.  More info
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This vintage bottling of Glen Garioch is from the final year that the distillery peated its whisky before its temporary closure. When the distillery reopened it stopped peating its whisky and hence...  More info
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Distilled in 1991, before the closing of the floor maltings in 1994, this is a lightly peated single malt from Glen Garioch, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Bottled in 2010, expect...  More info
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A stunning 1978 vintage release from Glen Garioch with all new packaging. A limited release of 1,320 cask strength bottles.  More info
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Batch 30 of the very special Glen Garioch 1999, matured entirely in Oloroso Sherry casks. Look forward to some delicious single malt whisky!  More info
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A twenty year maturation period has made this Glen Garioch into a very tempting dram indeed, producing both sweet and savoury elements. The 'Best of Both' if you will, or was that Mighty White?...  More info
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