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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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Glen Garioch Renaissance Chapter 2 (51.4%)

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Glen Garioch Renaissance Chapter 2 (51.4%)

I recently visited Glen Garioch, and while a full account of my visit will be written, together with my tasting notes for the ‘bottle your own’ casks available at the distillery, today I’d like to put out my review of the second chapter of the Renaissance project by Glen Garioch, which I tasted at the…

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Seven Rules to Stay Sane and Win at Whisky Auctions. Or: Maybe The World isn’t Crazy After All

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Seven Rules to Stay Sane and Win at Whisky Auctions. Or: Maybe The World isn’t Crazy After All

This post is a quick followup on our story relating to the absolutely crazy  pricing of two 1999 single cask Glen Garioch bottles at last month’s auction. If you didn’t yet, read ‘In Whisky, Is Crazy the New Normal?‘ and then come back here. The short of it is that two Glen Garioch 12 year…

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Glen Garioch Renaissance 2nd Chapter 16 Year Old Released!

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Glen Garioch Renaissance 2nd Chapter 16 Year Old Released!

At last, chapter 2 is out and heading to a store near you. We’ll start off with a link to the review of the 1st Chapter here. It’s 16 years old, although judging by the text, it has whisky from 1997 in it: It’s made from whisky matured in both sherry and bourbon casks, and…

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In Whisky, Is Crazy the New Normal?

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In Whisky, Is Crazy the New Normal?

I’m not big on ranting, and when I do it, I tend to back it up with quite a bit data. Unless I’m ranting on the prices people are willing to pay for whisky, and even then, there’s probably some research there. Thus, today I have a story to tell and it starts in one…

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Glen Garioch 15 Year Old 1998 Wine Cask Matured (48%)

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Glen Garioch 15 Year Old 1998 Wine Cask Matured (48%)

My personal affinity for Glen Garioch whisky is no secret. I like that almost everything coming out of the distillery is age stated (there are only two exceptions – the 1797 Founder’s Reserve, which is for some reason not age stated, but not priced significantly lower than the 12 year old (reviewed here) and the…

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Glen Garioch 15 Renaissance First Chapter (51.9%) – Whisky Review and Visit to a Lost Aberdeen Distillery

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Glen Garioch 15 Renaissance First Chapter (51.9%) – Whisky Review and Visit to a Lost Aberdeen Distillery

Glen Garioch stands near the east coast of Scotland, about 25 miles from Aberdeen, in the area known as the Eastern Highlands. In this rather large part of Scotland, there are currently only five active distilleries (Glen Garioch, Glencadam, Ardmore, Royal Lochnagar and Fettercairn). The relatively near past saw four more distilleries that drowned in the…

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Glen Garioch 15 Sherry Cask Matured (Travel Retail) – 53.7% – Whisky Review

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Glen Garioch 15 Sherry Cask Matured (Travel Retail) – 53.7% – Whisky Review

I’m partial to Glen Garioch, as you already know if you read my review of the 12 year old. Not being a big fan of either Bowmore or Auchentoshan, I’m glad Glen Garioch gave me a distillery I can not only drink, but actually consider myself a fan of, in the Morrison Bowmore portfolio. Until…

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Pulling the Vats Together: The Remarkable Regional Malts By Douglas Laing and a Taste of the Beastie

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Pulling the Vats Together: The Remarkable Regional Malts By Douglas Laing and a Taste of the Beastie

I like malt blends, it’s no secret. I think that when done right, they can literally make each of the component malts shine, and the whole can be more than the sum of its parts. This is, of course, true also for the the other end of things. Vatted malts are easy to botch up,…

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