Some believe that Glen Garioch is the weakest link in the Morrison Bowmore portfolio, statement we strongly disagree with.
The distillery founded in 1797 is currently equipped with three stills (yet only two are in use) and offers very hearty Highland malt. Until 1994 the distillery produced malt on site with phenols’ content approximately 10 ppm. With the floor maltings closure Glen Garioch switched to un-peated malt and consequently changed profile of its whisky to more fruity and sweet. Glen Garioch 1999 Vintage comprises whisky aged exclusively in ex-Oloroso sherry casks and bottled unchill-filtered at natural strength of 56.3% abv in 2013.
Nose: nicely balanced, roasted malt, coffee beans, prunes, raisins, cherries, blood oranges, milk chocolate, toffee, hints of nutmeg and cinnamon.
Palate: rich with strong sherry influence, prunes, blackberries, raisins, candied ginger, nutmeg, maple syrup, hints of tobacco and leather.
Finish: pretty long, nutmeg, dark chocolate, raisins and touch of licorice.