Glen Garioch 12 Year Old

70cl / 48%
  • Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Glen Garioch 12 Year Old
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Introduced to Glen Garioch's standard range in late 2010, this 12yo is a mix of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, and like the other distillery bottlings since the revamp, has been bottled at a feisty 48%. A real charmer.

Distillery Bottling
12 Year Old


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Toast Toast
  • Oak Oak
  • Coffee Coffee
  • Dried Fruit Dried Fruit

Glen Garioch 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    • Nose:

      Earthy, stewed fruit.

    • Palate:

      Rich, mouthfilling, toasty oak, dried fruit, hint of mocha.

    • Finish:

      Spicy and smooth. Well balanced.

28 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    23 October 2018

    I admit, bought it because of the price, expecting low quality. It's now my go-to scotch. I hope they never realize it's worth more than what they're asking for... Best value so far.

  • 4
    28 April 2018

    Nice whisky this one..48% and non chill filtered..full flavoured and just the right strength and flavours!

  • 5
    26 January 2018

    Love it!

  • 5
    25 November 2017

    Perfect house-whisky!!!!!

  • 4
    12 November 2017

    I originally bought a bottle of this as a "grab something completely different" purchase about a year ago and was kind of put off by the strong bourbon cask notes and similarity to American Bourbon. I read some reviews and decided to give it another shot, and I'm glad I did. The reviewer that compared this to HP 12 without the smoke is accurate 100%. It has a bold flavour while still maintaining complexity at 48%.

  • 5
    25 September 2017


  • 4
    16 July 2017

    After years of having Lagavulin 16YO and Highland Park 18YO as my go to whiskies I've found the latter increasingly hard to get hold of. My neighbour recently introduced me to GG and the flavour grabbed me immediately. I've just bought a bottle for myself and it's set to become a regular.

  • 4
    16 July 2017

    Very good

  • 5
    23 June 2017

    One of my go to scotches, right behind Highland Park 18. Bready, oaky, hints of molasses up front, with a spicy finish. Big abv. Recommend a few drops of water. Fantastic scotch indeed!

  • 4
    5 November 2016

    At first I thougt of it as a good whisky that lacks something special. Now, after giving it a few chances, I am starting to fall in love with it. I like its rich nose, sweet, fruity notes and long finish.

  • 2
    10 August 2016

    better than the GG Founders reserve, but that doesn?t mean a lot, nice nose, okish in the mouth, but also not really convincing considering the 12 yearsm you can have much better in this price class

  • 4
    17 May 2016

    Nose (undiluted) Dandelion, hops, lager beer, a little spirited. Palate (undiluted) Sweet porridge with brown sugar on top. What starts out ordinary builds quickly on the palate to become quite a whopper of flavors. The little train that could if you will. What happens? A massive railway car of flavors of golden wheat, ears of corn that have been freshly shucked, boiled to perfection and then drizzled with butter and salt! Hmmm! Wait, there is more. Oak, barley sugar, hops and lager notes. Finish (undiluted) Big salt licks, stewed apples, dried apricots, burnt toast and a flourish of peat. The salty tang hangs nicely. The finish is quite grippy and mouth coating. You'll be salivating like Pavlov's dogs! This is due to the high ABV. Recommendation - Add a little water! In light of the ABV of 48%, it does taste a little hot on the finish. The high ABV contributes to the big mid-palate and mouth tingling finish. I prefer this malt with a little water.

  • 5
    6 March 2016

    Got it from a whisky tasting in Antwerp(Belgium). Very good value for money. Even tho it's not that old, it has alot of flavor, which I find very important. Can't go wrong with this one!

  • 3
    16 December 2015

    !st 2 bottles were excellent. Great body and deep. This last bottle ... if it were a beer I would call it FLAT. No nose and quite tasteless Except for the 48%). If my next bottle is like this I will never purchase it again.

  • 3
    25 April 2015

    The main note I get is "grassy". Reminds me of Kilchoman, in this respect (thought not as oily). Many people love this taste, as it seems common to traditionally made whisky, but its not for me. I commend Glen Garoch for presenting this in natural color with non-chill filtering, & respect what the new ownership has done with this distillery

  • 5
    3 February 2015

    This glengarioch 12 is supberb, probably one of the best value for money. Bottled at 48% this just explodes with flavour. It tastes like highland park 12 but stronger and without any peatness. I am extremely picky with my scotch. After reading up many reviews I''m glad I grabbed this. Will not disappoint, just coats your mouth with a thick honey oaky syrupy type of feeling. Will always have this in my collection now. Excellent daily dram mmmm!

  • Ed D 3 April 2014

    I am still fairly new to whisky so don't have a huge basis for comparison, but I have to say this is one of the most impressive I have tried so far. The taste is very strong and distinctive and the quality seems very high for a reasonable price. The tumbler that came with this was very good quality too.

  • Jonty B 11 December 2013

    A cracker of a highland malt marrying Sherry and Bourbon casks at 48% ABV. It coats the mouth with terrific full flavours of honey, fruit and warm spices. Well worth the few pounds premium over the more mundane Founders Reserve.

  • robert taylor 27 October 2013

    also got a free sample recently and had a similar positive reaction. Nose of melon with ground ginger with lingering maltiness. More melon and spice in the flavour and a long gingery finish. Quite profound spice, quite superb. Next order I place - a bottle of this will be top of my list.

  • Anonymous 16 July 2013

    For your money you don't just get a fantastic whisky but 1 at the strength that in my opinion all whisky should be 46-48% . This is simply a steal and is now 1 of my faves.

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