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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 21 Year Old 1993 - Lady Of The Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 56.4%

An independent bottling of delicious Glen Garioch single malt presented at 56.4% after 21 years in a single bourbon cask. The nutty, buttery outturn filled 250 bottles.  More info

Glen Garioch 21 Year Old 1993 - Lady Of The Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

Glen Garioch 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 2761) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.8%

24 year old Glen Garioch single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Signatory Cask Strength Collection. This Highland whisky was distilled back in April 1990, five years before the distillery…  More info

Glen Garioch 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 2761) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 2752) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.6%

A 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Garioch distillery in the Highland region, matured in a single hogshead cask. It was distilled back in the April 1990 and bottled April 2015 with…  More info

Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 2752) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Gooseberry Mocha 1989 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glen Garioch)

70cl, 46%

Mocha and gooseberry - not a flavour pairing you see every day but a tasty one never-the-less. Evidently the folks at Wemyss Malts though this single cask Glen Garioch tasted enough like both to name…  More info

Gooseberry Mocha 1989 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glen Garioch)

Glen Garioch 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10776) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.7%

This isn't just any Old Particular - this is an Xtra Old Particular! This is a 21 year old Glen Garioch single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead from September 1993 to June 2015. It…  More info

Glen Garioch 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10776) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Glen Garioch 1984 Vintage

70cl, 40%

An early 21st century official bottling of 1984 vintage Glen Garioch, fragrant and a little buttery with golden orchard fruit.  More info

Glen Garioch 1984 Vintage

Glen Garioch 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 776) (Adelphi)

70cl, 59.6%

An independent bottling of Glen Garioch from Adelphi - the outturn was 562 delicious bottles!  More info

Glen Garioch 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 776) (Adelphi)

Glen Garioch 23 Year Old 1991 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.4%

23 year old Glen Garioch single malt, presented by WM Cadenhead for their Small batch range of independently bottled whiskies. Back in 1991, the whisky was distilled in the Highlands and matured…  More info

Glen Garioch 23 Year Old 1991 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
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Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 2751) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.8%

An independent bottling of Glen Garioch from Signatory Vintage that matured in a single hogshead for over 25 years. Distilled (filled) on 9th April 1990, it was bottled (disgorged) on 2nd November…  More info

Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 2751) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glen Garioch 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 142) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%

A single cask Glen Garioch distilled in 1995 and bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd for the Aberdeen Whisky Shop in 2015.  More info

Glen Garioch 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 142) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
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Fallen Apples 1989 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glen Garioch)

70cl, 46%

A single cask bottling of Glen Garioch single malt, presented by Wemyss Malts. It was matured in a hogshead cask from 1989 to 2015, and then bottled with an outturn of 266 bottles. Wemyss have given…  More info

Fallen Apples 1989 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glen Garioch)

Glen Garioch 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 3728) - Celebration of the Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 57.5%

An independent bottling of well-Sherried Glen Garioch single malt! This 17 year old whisky from one of Speyside's most excellent distilleries was put into its Sherry hogshead in September 1998 and…  More info

Glen Garioch 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 3728) - Celebration of the Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

Glen Garioch 23 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 51.4%

A Sherry-cask matured single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Garioch distillery, bottled by Bartles Whisky for their Highland Laird range. It was distilled in 1990 and left to age for 23 year before…  More info

Glen Garioch 23 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 12811) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

Single malt Scotch whisky from the cracking Glen Garioch distillery in the Highlands, aged in a refill hogshead for quarter of a century. It was distilled in April 1991 and bottled 25 years later in…  More info

Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 12811)  - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

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