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Glen Garioch

Region: Highlands
District: Eastern

Glen Garioch (pronounced "Glen Gerrie") is an assemblage of gray granite buildings located in a small glen near Aberdeen. It has been producing whisky, though sometimes sporadically, since 1797. It is quite traditional, still producing its own maltings. It produces a peaty, smoky whisky that takes one back to an earlier time when such whiskies were quite common in the Highlands. Though quite traditional in the way it produces whisky, it has been recognized for technological innovations that recycle its waste heat to warm its greenhouses, where flowers and vegetables are grown and ripened-- including 150 tons of tomatoes a year.

8 year old

Proof 86
Color Pale amber.
Nose Fresh, clean, and perfumy. Some sweetness and a hint of peat.
Body Medium to full.
Palate Medium-dry. Rich, raisiny, with a touch of peat.
Finish Medium-long and spicy.

12 year old

Proof 80
Color Medium amber.
Nose Medium body, some smoke, a hint of flowers, with a touch of peat and sweetness.
Body Medium to full.
Palate Some spice and sweetness, with traces of peat. The taste lingers to reveal floral notes near the peak.
Finish Medium-long and spicy. A warming sensation completes the finish.

15 year old

Proof 86
Color Full gold.
Nose Medium body, some smoke, a hint of flowers, with a touch of peat. Quite aromatic.
Body Medium to full.
Palate Some sweetness, with traces of peat. The taste lingers to reveal floral notes near the peak.
Finish Very long and spicy. A warming sensation completes the finish.

21 year old

Proof 86
Color Dark gold.
Nose Medium body.
Body Medium to full.
Palate Full, with sweetness and some peatiness.
Finish Lots of smoke. Some spice and oakiness. Lingering.

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