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Glen Garioch Bottle Your Own, 1999 Wine Cask 1420 (56.5%)

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Glen Garioch Bottle Your Own, 1999 Wine Cask 1420 (56.5%)

My last visit to Scotland was a short one, following the London Whisky Show. Short or long, though, a stop at Glen Garioch in Oldmeldrum is a must, as there’s a new bottle your own cask on tap from their two or three that are regularly available. The new cask is a first fill red…

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Glen Garioch 17 Year Old Renaissance Chapter Three Released (50.8%)

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Glen Garioch 17 Year Old Renaissance Chapter Three Released (50.8%)

The third chapter exploring the development of whisky distilled after the distillery’s resurrection in 1997 has been released, and is available at the distillery. Like Chapters 1 and 2, this is a vatting of sherry and bourbon casks, and has gotten a few more years in casks since the first chapter. It’s 50.8% ABV, down…

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Glen Garioch 1973 – 40 Years Old – TWE Exclusive Single Cask 4297 (54.3%)

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Glen Garioch 1973 – 40 Years Old – TWE Exclusive Single Cask 4297 (54.3%)

I have always been careful using the term “best whisky in the world”, “whisky of the year/decade/century/millennia” or “platinum, gold, silver, bronze, copper, aluminum, tin” awards because those terms and their likes are obviously totally meaningless. In fact, I don’t even score my reviews using a numeric scale, as our palates and noses are not…

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Festive 500th Post – Cadenhead’s Glen Garioch 1957 (45.6%)

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Festive 500th Post – Cadenhead’s Glen Garioch 1957 (45.6%)

April 23rd, 2014 was a special date for me. After a few years learning and tasting in the world of whisky, I started putting my thoughts to (digital) ink, and published the first post on Malt and Oak. This is post number 500, and honestly, I’m humbled at reaching this point. In the three years…

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part IV – Vintage 1978 and Two 1978 Single Casks

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part IV – Vintage 1978 and Two 1978 Single Casks

This post concludes the reviews of Glen Garioch’s Vintage series with the oldest expression, the Vintage 1978. This 30 year old was bottled in 2009 at 57.8% and has 1320 bottles altogether. But we’re not going to stop there, as I have two more single casks from 1978. The first, cask 11000, was bottled in…

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part III – Vintage 1990 and Vintage 1986

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part III – Vintage 1990 and Vintage 1986

In this third installment of the Glen Garioch Vintage review series, we’ll be looking at two expressions forming the heart of the lower half of the vintage expressions: Vintage 1990, Sherry and Bourbon casks, bottled 2009 at 54.6%. Vintage 1986, North American oak, 25 year old, bottled 2011 at 54.6%. As far as the distillate…

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part II – Vintage 1995 , Vintage 1994 and Vintage 1991

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part II – Vintage 1995 , Vintage 1994 and Vintage 1991

In this second installment of the vertical vintage series, we’ll taste three expressions from the first half of the 1990s. All three are bourbon cask matured: Vintage 1995, 1st fill bourbon barrels, bottled 2012 at 55.3%. Vintage 1994, North American oak, bottled 2011 at 53.9%. Vintage 1991, North American oak, bottled 2010 at 54.7%. While…

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part I – Vintage 1999 (Sherry), Vintage 1998 (Wine) and Vintage 1997 (Bourbon)

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part I – Vintage 1999 (Sherry), Vintage 1998 (Wine) and Vintage 1997 (Bourbon)

This is the first in a series of posts that will run down (or up?) the full Glen Garioch Vintage Series, culminating in a three way review of three official bottlings of vintage 1978 Glen Garioch: The Vintage series 1978 (30 Year old), a 33 Year Old single cask bottled in 2012 and a BYO…

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Glen Garioch Virgin Oak (48%)

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Glen Garioch Virgin Oak (48%)

Glen Garioch’s Virgin Oak is an expression fully matured in new American oak casks. Virgin oak for Scotch whisky is  a phenomenon that’s pretty scarce, even scarcer than red wine casks, of which I definitely think there isn’t quite enough of in the industry. Yes, I like weird stuff…shoot me… Just how scarce? There are currently…

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Visit to Glen Garioch and Tasting a Stunning 1997 BYO Sherry Cask

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Visit to Glen Garioch and Tasting a Stunning 1997 BYO Sherry Cask

Glen Garioch holds a special place for me among the distilleries of Scotland. I was captivated by the way the spirit holds the fruitiness, spiciness and in the older versions, also the peat. Combine that with a minimal standard bottling strength of 48%, and you’ll get a distillery that usually gets overlooked, but is well…

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