John Manson founded the Glen Garioch distillery with his younger brother Alexander, they built the distillery and a brewery on the site of an old tannery which had a water supply from the springs on Percock Hill. Located in the town of Oldmeldrum near Aberdeen, the distillery was known as Old Meldrum up until about 1884. The Garioch (pronounced ‘Geery’) is a tract of richly fertile land, some 150 square miles in extent. The location is known as ‘the granary of Aberdeenshire’, where fine barley and crystal springs have been abundant for over a thousand years, so it is not surprising that Glen Garioch Distillery was established as early as 1797, one of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland. In 1884 JG Thomson & Co. of Leith became the new owners. In 1937 Scottish Malt Distillers part of DCL, purchased Glen Garioch. Two years later, in 1939, World War II begins and the distillery is closed, with some buildings being used as army dormitories, production resumes after the war. In 1972 Glen Garioch becomes the first distillery in Scotland to gas fire it’s stills, but in 1993 they were converted to indirect steam heated coils and pans. In July of 1994, Japanese whisky company Suntory Ltd become owners, closing the distillery in October of 1995. In 1997, Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd resumed production at Glen Garioch, now as a non-peated malt.
2 Spirit Stills and 1 Wash Still.
“Glen Garioch is a rare find indeed, but warmly appreciated by those who like a hearty Highland malt, non chill-filtered as nature intended, with a wholesome maltiness, honeyed sweetness and delicious creamy texture to savour”
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700 ml, 48.0% abv, Scotland, HighlandThe quintessential Glen Garioch, Founder’s Reserve celebrates the brothers who first established the distillery and the 200 plus years of craftsmanship that goes into every bottle that bears the Manson name.
700 ml, 53.7% abv, Scotland (Highland)This 15 year old GlenGarioch gains its rich and full bodied highland character from maturation in oloroso sherry casks. The result is a rich and full bodied fusion of spices and dried fruit.
700 ml, 51.4% abv, Scotland (Highland)Among the first spirit to be distilled following Glen Garioch's reawakening, this second chapter in an unfolding story showcases the new house style. Fruity spicy and mealy to start the spirit first develops robust butterscotch, green apple and malt notes. Pears heather honey and creme brulee come later, followed by toffee, chocolate ginger and ripe honey-glazed apricot. After 16 years maturing in bourbon and sherry casks the second release of renaissance has become further enriched with orange honeycomb and lashings of cream, taking on a rich and tangy dessert like sweetness.
700 ml, 48% abv, Scotland (Highland)This small batch release has been exclusively matured in the finest wine casks since 1998, adding a touch of French finesse to Glen Garioch's famously Rich Highland Character. The result is fruity, sweet and very spicy. It is the first ever bottling from Glen Garioch to have been fully matured in ex-red wine casks. The casks were sourced from Saint-Julien in the famous French wine region of Bordeaux and the whisky has been maturing in the wine barriques for 15 years and then bottled in 2014.
700 ml, 48.0% abv, Scotland, HighlandThe Glen Garioch 12 year old gains its distinctive Highland character from maturation in two wood groups: American Bourbon, and Spanish Sherry casks. Each stage of the marriage adds distinct characteristics to the final single malt. Bourbon to soften the spirit and Sherry to add depth of flavour. The Glen Garioch range is both natural and non chill-filtered.
“fresh heather, poached pears and just a hint of oak”
“Superb – wow the whole grain intensity is wide and deep in the opening sniffs after the pour.” (Paul Pacult, Spirits Journal)
700 ml, 48.0% abv, Scotland, HighlandThe Glen Garioch 12 year old gains its distinctive Highland character from maturation in two wood groups, American Bourbon, and Spanish Sherry casks. Each stage of the marriage adds distinct characteristics to the final single malt. Bourbon to soften the spirit and Sherry to add depth of flavour. The Glen Garioch range is both natural and non chill-filtered.
"fresh heather, poached pears and just a hint of oak"
"Superb - wow the whole grain intensity is wide and deep in the opening sniffs after the pour." (Paul Pacult, Spirits Journal)