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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 18 Year Old 1990 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.9%

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…  More info

Glen Garioch 18 Year Old 1990 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glen Garioch 15 Year Old 1991 Cask 3061 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Glen Garioch 15 Year Old 1991 Cask 3061 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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Glen Garioch 12 Year Old 1995 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

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

Glen Garioch 12 Year Old 1995 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Glen Garioch 8 Year Old

70cl, 40%

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

Glen Garioch 8 Year Old
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Glen Garioch 15 Year Old

70cl, 43%

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

Glen Garioch 15 Year Old

Glen Garioch 46 Year Old 1958

70cl, 43%

Distilled in 1958, aged for 46 years before bottling. A rare single malt from the Highland distillery, Glen Garioch.  More info

Glen Garioch 46 Year Old 1958
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Glen Garioch 19 Year Old 1991 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.1%

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

Glen Garioch 19 Year Old 1991 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

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