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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 Geery’) 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.

Glen Garioch 29 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 46.3%

That Boutique-y Whisky Company has bottled another beauty here in the form of a well-aged Glen Garioch (pronounced 'glen geery') single malt. As Glen Garioch is one of the oldest Scotch whisky…  More info

Glen Garioch 29 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$208.10

Glen Garioch 1999 Wine Cask Matured (bottled 2018)

70cl, 48%

Deliciously decadent single malt from the Glen Garioch Distillery, which was distilled back in 1999 and fully matured in wine casks from Chateau Lagrange. In 2018, it was bottled up at 48% ABV, and…  More info

Glen Garioch 1999 Wine Cask Matured (bottled 2018)
$109.17

Glen Garioch 12 Year Old

70cl, 48%

Released in 2010, Glen Garioch's new 12 year old is matured in both bourbon and sherry casks, and it has loads of character, as well as being bottled at the sensible strength of 48%...  More info

Glen Garioch 12 Year Old
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$42.94
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Glen Garioch 8 Year Old 2013 - Single Cask Series (GreatDrams)

50cl, 48.2%

A grand indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky here from the folks at GreatDrams. Drawn from a single ex-bourbon cask, this whisky was distilled at Glen Garioch in February 2013 and bottled up…  More info

Glen Garioch 8 Year Old 2013 - Single Cask Series (GreatDrams)
$66.55
$60.31

Glen Garioch 1797 Founder's Reserve

70cl, 48%

1797 Founder's Reserve is the new offering from Glen Garioch (pronounced Glen 'Geery').  More info

Glen Garioch 1797 Founder's Reserve
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$36.38

Glen Garioch 13 Year Old 2008 (cask 18973) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

Hunter Laing has gone and added yet another ace single malt Scotch whisky to its long-running Old Malt Cask independent bottling range – this time from the fab Glen Garioch Distillery in the Highland…  More info

Glen Garioch 13 Year Old 2008 (cask 18973) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$62.39

Glen Garioch 9 Year Old 2011 (Single Cask Nation)

70cl, 53.9%

Joining the indie Single Cask Nation series from the J&J Spirits Ltd comes this glorious single malt from Glen Garioch. Distilled in October 2011 and matured for nine years in a single cask before…  More info

Glen Garioch 9 Year Old 2011 (Single Cask Nation)
$65.50

Glen Garioch 12 Year Old 2010 (cask 15592) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

An independently bottled single malt from the glorious Glen Garioch Distillery, matured in a refill hogshead from 2010 to 2022. Following that 12 year long rest, the whisky was bottled up by Douglas…  More info

Glen Garioch 12 Year Old 2010 (cask 15592) -  Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$86.33

Glen Garioch 10 Year Old 2011 (cask 461583) - Duncan Taylor

70cl, 54.2%

A cracking indie bottling of Glen Garioch single malt, released by the clever gang at Duncan Taylor. Distilled in 2011, this expression spent a decade maturing in a single cask, which was eventually…  More info

Glen Garioch 10 Year Old 2011 (cask 461583) - Duncan Taylor
$75.92

Glen Garioch 32 Year Old 1988 - Family Reserve (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 42.3%

An exceptional single malt here, distilled in October 1988 at Glen Garioch and matured in a single bourbon barrel for a whopping 32 years. In August 2021, the whisky was bottled up to become the…  More info

Glen Garioch 32 Year Old 1988 - Family Reserve (Càrn Mòr)
$3,044.07

Glen Garioch 8 Year Old 2013 (cask 15444) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Independently bottled single malt from Glen Garioch, matured in a refill barrel (number 15444, if you enjoy knowing that sort of intricate detail). It was distilled back in February 2013 and bottled…  More info

Glen Garioch 8 Year Old 2013 (cask 15444) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$47.82

Glen Garioch 12 Year Old - Canmore

70cl, 46%

This single malt from Glen Garioch spent a dozen years resting in a single cask before being independently bottled by Canmore. A total of 247 bottles were released, brimming with the balance of…  More info

Glen Garioch 12 Year Old - Canmore
$65.51

Glen Garioch 36 Year Old 1968 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.9%

A very impressive bottle of 1986 vintage Glen Garioch, independently bottled and released by Douglas Laing as part of the Old & Rare Platinum range. The whisky saw a whopping 36 years of maturation…  More info

Glen Garioch 36 Year Old 1968 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Glen Garioch 9 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Another Premier Barrel release from Douglas Laing, and this on began its life at Glen Garioch! The Highlander rested in a single barrel for just under a decade, bottled up after nine years in a…  More info

Glen Garioch 9 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

Glen Garioch 2011 (bottled 2021) (cask 1537) - Samaroli

70cl, 45%

A grand Glen Garioch here, independently bottled by Samaroli after spending resting in a single cask from 2011 to 2021. It was bottled at 45% ABV, and given a characteristically stylish Samaroli…  More info

Glen Garioch 2011 (bottled 2021) (cask 1537) - Samaroli

Glen Garioch 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.8%

That Boutique-y Whisky Company have bottled another marvellous whisky from the Glen Garioch distillery! This one was aged for 10 years before the Boutique-y bunch bottled it up, all decked out with a…  More info

Glen Garioch 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Glen Garioch 11 Year Old 2008 (cask 3194) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 55.3%

Indie Glen Garioch here, matured in a single bourbon cask for 11 years, from October 2008 to January 2020. Following its slumber, Hannah Whisky Merchant bottled the whisky up for its Lady of the Glen…  More info

Glen Garioch 11 Year Old 2008 (cask 3194) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

Glen Garioch 9 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 47.5%

Distilled by Glen Garioch in 2011, this single malt was matured in sherry casks for nine years, before being independently bottled as part of Càrn Mòr's Strictly Limited range. This release is…  More info

Glen Garioch 9 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Glen Garioch 8 Year Old 2013 (cask 15235) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Selected from a single cask by Douglas Laing for its Provenance indie bottling range, this splendid single malt was distilled at Glen Garioch in February 2013. After eight years maturing in a refill…  More info

Glen Garioch 8 Year Old 2013 (cask 15235) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Glen Garioch 11 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 47.5%

This expression from Càrn Mòr's Strictly Limited range was distilled by Glen Garioch, and matured in a pair of bourbon barrels for 11 years. A release of 580 bottles, and like the name suggests -…  More info

Glen Garioch 11 Year Old 2008  - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
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Glen Garioch 8 Year Old (cask 2698) - Dràm Mòr

70cl, 58.4%

Single cask single malt from the Glen Garioch Distillery in the Highland region, independently bottled by Dràm Mòr. After 8 years of maturation, this one was bottled up at 58.4% ABV, with an outturn…  More info

Glen Garioch 8 Year Old (cask 2698) - Dràm Mòr
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Glen Garioch 8 Year Old 2011 - Claxton's

70cl, 55.1%

This single cask Glen Garioch was distilled in the Highlands in October 2011, and was filled into a ruby Port cask to spend its days. After eight years had passed, Claxton's emptied said cask and…  More info

Glen Garioch 8 Year Old 2011 - Claxton's

Glen Garioch 7 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%

A seven year old single malt from the Highland Glen Garioch distillery. The whisky was laid to rest in a pair of bourbon barrels in 2011, and those barrels were then cracked open in 2019. The liquid…  More info

Glen Garioch 7 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Glen Garioch 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 1335) - The Single Cask

70cl, 62.4%

A youthful bottling of Glen Garioch single malt Scotch whisky, distilled back in April 2011. 8 years later, it was bottled by The Single Cask in April 2019, with an outturn of 220 bottles.  More info

Glen Garioch 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 1335) - The Single Cask

Glen Garioch 17 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.4%

An independent bottling of 17 year old Glen Garioch, hinting at how the distillery would heat a greenhouse with its waste heat from the stills on the label - because That Boutique-y Whisky Company…  More info

Glen Garioch 17 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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