1998 Glen Garioch 14 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1110451

On last year's trip to Scotland, David and I stopped by Glendronach distillery on a whim, fell in love, and now it's one of the top whiskies we sell at K&L. This year's version of that was Glen Garioch distillery in Oldmeldrum. An old-fashioned, picturesque distillery located in the center of the quaint village, generating romanticism like you wouldn't believe. Part of the Morrison-Bowmore portfolio, Glen Garioch's whisky creation has been put into the hands of former Ardbeg superstar Rachel Barrie, who jumped ship to Bowmore last year. We weren't planning on selecting a cask of Glen Garioch, but after stopping by early on in our trip, we told Rachel how much we enjoyed our visit while meeting with her a week later. Being originally from the area, Rachel was so overjoyed we had connected so deeply with her own sense of nostalgia, that she ran to the back to grab a cask sample she had picked out for Bowmore recently - a 1998 single cask aged in a hogshead that had previously held peated whisky. GG had dabbled in the peated Highland style before 1994, but the whisky produced today is completely without smoke. This very special cask, chosen by Rachel, has all the beautiful sweet grains we love about the malt with just a whisper of peat in the background. The palate is elegant and lean, but the fruit and vanilla is concentrated in its core. The whisky tastes like the town of Oldmeldrum - old world, country, rustic, and down-home. That's terroir in whisky. (David Drisoll, K&L)

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2012 | Send Email
What a stupendous little cask! We are extremely lucky to have been offered this special cask from one of the world's most legendary single malts. When people talk about "terroir" in single malt, they usually just mean, Islay vs Not Islay. Regionalism in Scotch has much more to do with the production methods than with actual geography. To say that all Speyside Whisky are connect by some underlying flavor profile is just dishonest. There are trends of flavor that have become evident across certain regions, but these usually from choices made in the distillery and the warehouse. Glen Garioch is a perfect example of why place does matter in Single Malt production. This whisky, although no longer peated, tastes of the Scottish Highlands. Driscoll and I both remarked on how smoky this whisky smelled despite being produced without peated malt. Alternating between fresh oats, flowers and citrus to savory smoke, leather, fresh tobacco. This is a SPICY whisky. Terribly easy to drink and cheaper than a ticket to Aberdeen. This is a CLASSIC in my opinion.

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