Garnheath Grain Distillery was built in 1964 by Inver House Distillers as part of the Moffat distilling complex, which included malt distillery (Glen Flagler and Killyloch brands), 32 warehouses, blending facility, bottling plant and Moffat maltings.
The initial distillation took place the following year and throughout the 1960s and early 1970s the place thrived. The decline and over capacity of the industry hit the company severely; the distillery closed in 1986 and was subsequently demolished two years later. Garnheath 1974 Vintage was aged in refill barrel no. DL 12779 for 44 years and bottled at natural strength of 47.8% abv as part of 2018 Douglas Laing’s XOP range. Only 152 bottles were produced.
Nose: vanilla pods, butterscotch, caramel, strawberries, raspberries, baked apples, sweet pastries, hints of cinnamon and polished oak.
Palate: vanilla cream, white chocolate, buttered croissants, apple pie sprinkled with cinnamon, mixed berries marmalade, touch of marzipan and oak.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, hard candy, ripe berries, bananas, white chocolate and oak.