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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 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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$265.21

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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$37.12
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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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$73.63
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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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$37.95

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)
$191.78

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)
$44.16

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)
$93.30
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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)
$52.98
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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)
$45.56
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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)
$212.12
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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
$211.99

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)
$420.87

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)
$2,121.69

Glen Garioch 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 7854) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.8%

Single cask single malt from the Glen Garioch distillery in the Highlands, bottled by the chaps at Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled in 1989 and left to mature in cask #7854 for 24 long years…  More info

Glen Garioch 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 7854) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
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$97.55

Glen Garioch 1997 (bottled 2012)

70cl, 56.7%

Following a period of inactivity, the door of Glen Garioch swung open once more in 1997. This release is made with whisky distilled that very year, and bottled in 2012 are maturing in…  More info

Glen Garioch 1997 (bottled 2012)
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$79.57

Glen Garioch 15 Year Old - The Renaissance - Chapter One

70cl, 51.9%

The first release in the Renaissance series from Highland distillery Glen Garioch. Chapter One (it's being released in four chapters) is an unpeated 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky matured in…  More info

Glen Garioch 15 Year Old - The Renaissance - Chapter One
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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 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 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 30 Year Old 1978 - Vintage Edition

70cl, 57.8%

A stunning 1978 vintage release from Glen Garioch with all new packaging. A limited release of 1,320 cask strength bottles.  More info

Glen Garioch 30 Year Old 1978 - Vintage Edition
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Glen Garioch 1991 - Batch 38

70cl, 54.7%

Distilled in 1991, before the closing of the floor maltings in 1994, this is a lightly peated single malt from Glen Garioch, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Bottled in 2010, expect…  More info

Glen Garioch 1991 - Batch 38
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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 1995 - Batch 10

70cl, 55.3%

This vintage bottling of Glen Garioch is from the final year that the distillery peated its whisky before its temporary closure. When the distillery reopened it stopped peating its whisky and hence…  More info

Glen Garioch 1995 - Batch 10
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Glen Garioch 20 Year Old 1993 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 58.8%

A twenty year maturation period has made this Glen Garioch into a very tempting dram indeed, producing both sweet and savoury elements. The 'Best of Both' if you will, or was that Mighty…  More info

Glen Garioch 20 Year Old 1993 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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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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