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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Thursday, 4 September 2014


It's been 9 years (can you believe it??) since I've been by Glen Garioch Distillery!

Back then, whisky wasn't as fashionable as is it today and when a couple of us dropped by Glen Garioch on a gloomy September day back then, we didn't really know what to expect, but we ended up having a nice tour of the place and 3 drams there.

The distillery is located not far north of Aberdeen and is easily reached by car from both north (if you're in Speyside anyway ;-) ) or from the south from well, Aberdeen...

Now, I've just revisited the place with a dram and this is really good stuff... and the notes and style of this one reminds me of one of my first whisky love affair :-)

Which one? read more below...

Glen Garioch (pronounced Geery) - picture from Wikimedia

Glen Garioch 1995/2012 55,3%, 1st fill ex-bourbon casks, Batch 10, 6000 bottles, Distillery bottling

Colour is straw

Vanilla, citrus (oranges, mainly), lovely malty edge. A very US-'bourbony' nose at times. Cookie dough, honey, spices and more garden variety fruits (apple and pear) and a little mint appears with time.

Hello?!?! Is this a Glenmorangie in disguise and at full strength?? More vanilla and a hint of smoke? it carries a light and recognisable light highland style, presenting itself with baked apple, cinnamon, spices (ginger and pepper) but also bitter almond after water is added.
The mid palate and finish produces some white chocolate and barley sugar to round the whole thing off...

Good stuff! and one can only wonder if the similarity to Glenmorangie is a coincidence as the Glen Garioch (Morrison Bowmore) Master Blender is now Rachel Barrie who used to work for, well... Glenmorangie PLC (now LVMH)...

Thanks to Kalle for the sample!


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