Glen Garioch Virgin Oak

  • Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling

70cl / 48%

Glen Garioch Virgin Oak

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Released in 2013, this is the first ever release of a Glen Garioch whisky aged entirely in virgin North American oak. Scotch whisky has a history of using used barrels, be it sherry, bourbon or something else, as it is widely felt that new wood would overpower the delicate flavours. This is rich with notes of treacle, chocolate and orange.

Tasting Notes (2)

Flavour Profile


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Ginger Ginger
  • Clove Clove
  • Anise (star) Anise (star)
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Oak Oak


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Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Billy A

    • Nose

      Very sweet, with crystallised ginger, vanilla cream, pine, sappy wood and lots of spice – cloves, cinnamon, green anis, nutmeg. Initially the green wood and spice build up in the glass, but after 5-10 minutes the vanilla and cream stand out.

    • Palate

      Oily mouthfeel with lots of bitter spice – clove especially. Behind that is sweet new oak, with vanilla, ginger and some drying tannis. The spice makes it feel quite hot, with a cinnamon tingle slowly turning to spicy oak and cocoa.

    • Finish

      Warming and drying, with freshly cut oak boards, a touch of dry cardboard, tingly cinnamon and gentle sugary sweetness lingering. The finish is rather long, with some sweet anis and green wood hanging around after everything else has faded.

    • Comment

      A masterclass in how to get woody flavours into whisky. It’s got the gingery virgin oak, without getting rubbery as some new wood matured drams do, stacks of woody spice and also some of the softer, creamy notes you get from American oak. It’s definitely got some extremes of flavour hiding in its depths, but a drop of water rounds off the edges.

  • Producer's Note

    • A velvet explosion of rich buttery malt, chocolate and spice. Tangy orange and ginger marmalade melds with treacle syrup and rich chocolate cake, leading to a long and warming finish of barley sugar and spice.

Customer Reviews

Reviews (4)


  • 4


    Good this one and full of flavour,despite being NAS whisky.48% too,so strong and flavoursome!!!

  • 5


    A great whisky, smooth with aftertaste of chocolate of the best in this price range.

  • 5


    I had wanted to buy this whisky for quite some time and boy was I not dissapointed! Glen Garioch make very nice whiskys. The colour is magnificent looks like almost like rosy or a orange color. Very pleasant scent sort of woody and floral sent. Very pleasant and sweet it had a nice and quite a lengthy finish! This is a excellent whisky!!

  • 5

    Rich P

    Absolutely fantastic. Sweet and complex. Great straight out of the bottle. No glass required. Rock n roll

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