Glen Garioch was founded in 1797, making it one of Scotland's oldest distilleries still in production. The distillery is situated in the Eastern Highlands in Aberdeeenshire.
Although perfectly acceptable at the normal bottling ages, Glen Garioch is renowned for its ageing potential thanks to some superlative older bottlings through the years ... Read More »
A beautiful 40 year old vintage Glen Garioch, bottled by the folks at Morrison Bowmore for The Whisky Exchange and released at The Whisky Show in 2011. 1971 Glen Garioch is known for being more peaty than usual, and this delicate, restrained old school dram has a lovely thread of smoke, plus tropical fruit and medicine cabinet aromas. Fabulous.
A 1970 bottling from Glen Garioch, the same year the distillery changed hands from DCL to Morrison (now Morrison Bowmore and still the owners today). The bottle carries the traditional stag on the label.
A release of Glen Garioch from the late 90s, bottled at 27 years old as part of the Distillery Archive series. It was distilled in 1970, the year that the distillery was sold to Stanley P Morrison Ltd, the latest incarnation of which also own Bowmore and Auchentoshan.
A 1968 vintage Glen Garioch released by independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Platinum Selection series. This was aged for a total of 36 years, including a six-month finishing period in a rum cask, before being bottled at natural cask strength of 55.9% in 2004.
This is a 1967 vintage Glen Garioch from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This was distilled just a year before the distillery was decommissioned for five years. It then closed and reopened again (1995 to 1997) before this was bottled.
Glen Garioch is a distillery with a comparatively low profile, and quality has varied over its lifetime under a succession of different owners - but real aficionados will tell you that the older expressions are some of the best malts in Scotland. This is a whisky with fruit and floral notes, but also, crucially, some restrained peat.