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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 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)
$2,951.30

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)
$46.36

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
$63.52

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)
$83.70

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)
$60.49

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
$73.60

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)
$63.51

Glen Garioch 18 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 49.4%

This splendid single malt from Glen Garioch joins the Darkness range of independent bottlings, meaning you can expect an abundance of glorious sherry notes here! Matured for 18 years, the whisky was…  More info

Glen Garioch 18 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)
$151.30
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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)
$64.52

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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$35.27

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)
$201.75

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)
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$105.85

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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$41.63

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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 21 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%

A very rare, hard to find edition of Glen Garioch 21 Year Old. This is full to the brim with rich, thick flavours of malt, fruit and sherry.  More info

Glen Garioch 21 Year Old (Old Bottling)
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Glen Garioch 21 Year Old Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 48.8%

A single cask Glen Garioch 21 Year Old, this is a sophisticated older whisky that's developed a subtle savoury character.  More info

Glen Garioch 21 Year Old Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Glen Garioch 16 Year Old 1992 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A rich highland malt, this was matured in a bourbon barrel for 16 years before bottling by Douglas Laing in August of 2008 with an outturn of 312 bottles. Distilled at Glen Garioch in May of 1992.  More info

Glen Garioch 16 Year Old 1992 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1986 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1986 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glen Garioch 21 Year Old 1991 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.1%

A 21 year old from the Glen Garioch distillery. This was distilled in June 1991 and aged in a single cask (number 3854) and bottled in June 2012. A release of just 239 numbered, cask-strength bottles…  More info

Glen Garioch 21 Year Old 1991 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

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