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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 25 Year Old 1990 - Whisky is Class...ical (Silver Seal)

70cl, 52.1%

From the Silver Seal Whisky is Class...ical range comes a 25 year old Glen Garioch single malt, distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2016. This bottling features an homage to La Norma by Vincenzo Bellini…  More info

Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1990 - Whisky is Class...ical (Silver Seal)

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 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 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 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 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 7 Year Old 2010 (cask 11892) - Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48%

This 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glen Garioch was matured in a refill hogshead in January 2010, before being bottled at 48% ABV by Douglas Laing for the Clan Denny range in June 2017.…  More info

Glen Garioch 7 Year Old 2010 (cask 11892) - Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
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Glen Garioch 5 Year Old 2012 (cask 1200002406) (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 50%

This independently bottled Glen Garioch single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in June 2012 and aged in a single cask for 5 years before being bottled by Scotland Grindlay in May 2018. It was…  More info

Glen Garioch 5 Year Old 2012 (cask 1200002406) (Scotland Grindlay)

Glen Garioch 6 Year Old 2012 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 47.5%

Indie Glen Garioch, bottled by Càrn Mòr for the Strictly Limited series - as you might be able to figure out from that name, one these bottles are gone, they're very much gone. The whisky was…  More info

Glen Garioch 6 Year Old 2012 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Glen Garioch 17 Year Old - The Renaissance - Chapter Three

70cl, 50.8%

This is the Chapter Three, the third release in The Renaissance series from Glen Garioch! The 17 Year Old Highlander was matured in a combo of sherry and bourbon casks, before the single malt was at…  More info

Glen Garioch 17 Year Old - The Renaissance - Chapter Three

Glen Garioch Virgin Oak

70cl, 48%

Glen Garioch use virgin North American white oak casks for the entirety of the maturation for their Virgin Oak release. Using brand new barrels for whisky is becoming quite a trend, and the big, bold…  More info

Glen Garioch Virgin Oak
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Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 8554) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 40.5%

A Mackillop's Choice bottling of 25 year old Glen Garioch single malt! This was aged in a single cask from November 1990 to January 2016 before being bottled with an outturn of only 150 bottles.  More info

Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 8554) - Mackillop's Choice

SMWS 19.38 19 Year Old 1985

70cl, 52.9%

Distilled in April 1985, this Glen Garioch was aged for almost two decades in refill hogshead. At the age of 19, it was bottled in January 2005 at 52.9% ABV, with only 312 bottles released. The name…  More info

SMWS 19.38 19 Year Old 1985

Glen Garioch 1986 - Batch 11

70cl, 54.6%

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. This bottle was part…  More info

Glen Garioch 1986 - Batch 11
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Glen Garioch 27 Year Old 1990 (cask 20251) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 50.6%

A Càrn Mòr bottling of 27 year old Glen Garioch single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a bourbon barrel from February 1990 to October 2017. Following that maturation, it was bottled at cask strength for…  More info

Glen Garioch 27 Year Old 1990 (cask 20251) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Glen Garioch 24 Year Old 1993 - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

From Hunter Laing's ace Old Malt Cask comes a 24 year old single malt produced by the Glen Garioch distillery. It was aged in a single cask from September 1993 to August 2018, then bottled at 50% ABV…  More info

Glen Garioch 24 Year Old 1993 - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Glen Garioch 27 Year Old 1991 (cask 20392) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 51%

A Càrn Mòr bottling of 27 year old Glen Garioch single malt, which was aged in a single bourbon barrel from March 1991 to April 2018. Following maturation, it was bottled for the Celebration of the…  More info

Glen Garioch 27 Year Old 1991 (cask 20392) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Glen Garioch 6 Year Old 2010 (cask 11560) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

6 year old Glen Garioch single malt aged in a refill hogshead, independently bottled by Douglas Laing as part of the Provenance series. Interesting to see a Glen Garioch bottled at a rather young age…  More info

Glen Garioch 6 Year Old 2010 (cask 11560) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
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Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1993 (cask 12824) - Xtra Old Particular Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 58.4%

A rather decadent Glen Garioch single malt, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular Platinum range in celebration of the indie bottler's 70th Anniversary. It was distilled…  More info

Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1993 (cask 12824) - Xtra Old Particular Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 3856) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 47%

25 year old single malt from Glen Garioch, independently bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range. This was distilled in June 1991 and bottled in March 2017 with an outturn of 177 bottles.  More info

Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 3856) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Glen Garioch 5 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%

A youthful independent bottling of Glen Garioch here. 5 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Garioch distillery, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels that were laid down in 2011 and…  More info

Glen Garioch 5 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Glen Garioch 6 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%

Single cask single malt from the marvellous Glen Garioch, independently bottled by the also marvellous Càrn Mòr. The whisky was distilled in 2011 and set aside to age in a sherry puncheon (if you've…  More info

Glen Garioch 6 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
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Glen Garioch 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 145) -The Single Cask

70cl, 62.7%

19 year old single malt from Glen Garioch, independently bottled by The Single Cask. This whisky was distilled in September 1995 and bottled nearly 20 years later in October 2014, producing only 77…  More info

Glen Garioch 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 145) -The Single Cask

Glen Garioch 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 11761) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.6%

A delicious 26 year old single malt from Glen Garioch, bottled as part of the Xtra Old Particular range by Douglas Laing. It was distilled in April 1991 and aged in a refill hogshead until June 2017,…  More info

Glen Garioch 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 11761) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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Glen Garioch 2011 (bottled 2017) (cask 9464) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%

Single cask Glen Garioch, independently bottled for the Spirit & Cask Range after ageing in a hogshead from May 2011 to 2017. 360 bottles were produced.  More info

Glen Garioch 2011 (bottled 2017) (cask 9464) - Spirit & Cask Range

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