Many of the bottlings in Single Malts of Scotland have received awards and critical acclaim and with years of experience in selecting casks, you can be sure that the whiskies that are bottled are of the highest quality. With aged casks such as these becoming increasingly difficult to find, each Whisky can be considered unlikely ever to be repeated. Each bottling is one of a limited number, making them perfect for a special gift or the chance to try something truly unique.
This bottling of Glen Garioch is a 2012 vintage single malt from the Single Malts of Scotland Reserve Casks series. It was matured for ten years in a small batch of just five barrels. The aroma is filled with the fragrant scents of frangipane, buttery pastry, toasted almonds, rose water, and toasted oak. On the palate, the flavors of chewy caramel, ripe peaches, oak spice, oat biscuits, and milk chocolate combine to offer a delectable taste experience, with a finish that lingers pleasantly on the tongue.
Glen Garioch is a Highland single malt Scotch whisky distillery located in the town of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The distillery was founded in 1797 and is one of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland.
Glen Garioch's water source is the Percock Hill spring, which is located on the eastern slopes of the Garioch hill range. The malted barley used in the production process is sourced from the nearby Simpsons Malt facility. The whisky is typically aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, which contributes to its distinct flavor profile.
Glen Garioch has a few unique aspects to their whisky-making process that set them apart from other distilleries.
Firstly, Glen Garioch is one of the few distilleries that still malts a portion of their own barley on site. They use traditional floor malting techniques, which involves turning the barley by hand on a malting floor, to produce a small percentage of the malted barley used in their whisky. This gives them greater control over the quality and character of the malted barley, and contributes to the distinct flavor profile of their whiskies.
Secondly, Glen Garioch is known for using a small amount of peated malted barley in some of their whiskies. This is unusual for a Highland distillery, as peat is typically associated with the Islay region. The use of peated malted barley gives some of Glen Garioch's whiskies a smoky, peaty note that is not typically found in other Highland whiskies. Parcel No.9 is un-peated.
Finally, Glen Garioch's warehouses are located at a higher elevation than most other distilleries in Scotland, which exposes the casks to greater temperature fluctuations. This causes the whisky to interact more with the wood of the cask, which can accelerate the maturation process and contribute to a more complex flavor profile.