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Distillery in Focus:          Glengarioch
Region: Lowlands
Name: Glengarioch. Other names: Glengarrioch, Old meldrum
Status: Active
Website: www.glengarioch.com
Telephone: 01651 873450 
E-Mail:
Address: Distillery Road, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0ES
Visitor centre: Yes
Owner: Morrison Bowmore Distillers (Suntory)
Established in 1784
Stills: 1 wash and 2 spirit stills (only 1 in use)
Percentage single malt: N.A.
Casks used for maturation: Refill and first fill bourbon cask, with some sherry casks and rare virgin oak casks.
Contribute(d) to the following blends: Rob Roy, VAT 69, S.V.G. (Specially Vatted Glengarioch). I.M., P.M., A.M., Crawford's 3 star.

Regular Bottling:

Glen Garioch 1797 Founder's reserve 48%
Glen Garioch 12 YO 48%

Limited editions:

Since 2009, several vintages have been released, either as batches or a single casks (e.g., 1971 for The Whisky Exchange, 1978 for Millroy's), as well as some non-aged specified special editions (e.g., Virgin oak).

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The still house at Glengarioch distillery

History of the Glen Garioch distillery

To be written. For the full history, please refer to my book:

Tasted whiskies (105):

Official/original bottlings (OB)  
Age  
Glen Garioch over 8 years old Lemar import (dumpy bottle), OB, 43%, B: 1980s. Rating: 16/20
Glen Garioch 10 YO, OB, 43%, B:1980s Rating: 13/20
Glen Garioch, 10 YO, OB, 40%, B: 2006 Rating: 11/20
Glen Garioch 15 YO,OB, 43%, B: 2008 Rating: 11/20
Glen Garioch 12 YO, OB, 48%, B: 2010. Rating: 13/20
Glen Garioch 21 YO, OB, 43%, B: 2009. Rating: 14/20
Glen Garioch 21 Limited Edition, OB, 43%, B: circa 2005 Rating: 14/20
Glen Garioch Bicentenary, 37 YO, OB, 43%, B:1997. Rating: 16/20
   
   
Vintages  
Glen Garioch 1958, 46 YO, OB, 43%, 336 b. Rating: 19/20
Glen Garioch 1965 “light vatting”, 21 YO, OB, 43% Rating: 16/20
Glen Garioch 1965 “dark vatting”, 21 YO, OB, 43% Rating: 18/20
Glen Garioch 1965 Full Strength, 21 YO, OB, 50%, B: 1986. Rating: 18/20
Glen Garioch 1968, 29 YO, OB, 55.9%, c. 624 Rating: 17/20

Glen Garioch 1968, 29 YO, OB, 56.8%, B:2013, c. 9

Rating: 19/20
Glen Garioch 1968 For World of Whisky, 34 YO, OB, 55.3%, c. 17. Rating: 19/20
Glen Garioch 1970, OB, 50.6%, C. 11 Rating: 17/20
Glen Garioch 1971 for Oddbins, OB, 43%, B:  end 1990s. Rating: 20/20
Glen Garioch 1971 for The Whisky Exchange, OB, 43.9%, B : 2011, c. 2038, 194 b. Rating: 19/20
Glen Garioch 1972 for Oddbins, OB, 43%, B: circa 1995 Rating: 19/20
Glen Garioch 1973 (US version), 21 YO, OB, 43% Rating: 18/20
Glen Garioch 1973 for The Whisky Exchange, 40 YO, OB, 54.3%, B:2014. Rating: 19/20
Glen Garioch 1978, OB, 57.8%, B: 2009, 1320 bottles Rating; 17/20
Glen Garioch 1978 Singe Cask for Milroy’s, OB, 58.8%, B: 2012, c.10999, 146 b. Rating: 18/20
Glen Garioch 1985 Sherry for The Whisky Exchange,16 YO, OB, 51.9%, cask 1585. Rating: 14/20
Glen Garioch 1984, OB, 40%. B: crica 1993. Rating: 07/20
Glen Garioch 1986, OB, 54.6%, B: 2011. 3000 b. Batch N°11 Rating: 12/20
Glen Garioch 1990, OB, 54.6%, B: 2009, batch n°34 Rating: 15/20
Glen Garioch 1991, OB, 54.7%, B: 2010, batch N°38 Rating: 15/20
Glen Garioch 1994, OB, 53.9%, B: 2011, batch n°32 Rating: 14/20
Glen Garioch 1995 batch 10, OB, 55.3%, B: 2012 Rating: 16/20
Glen Garioch 1998 Batch 24 Wine Matured, OB, 48%, B:2014, 6000 b. Rating: 14/20
Glen Garioch 1999 Hand Bottled, 13 YO, OB, 59.0%, B: 2012, c. 2907. Rating: 16/20
Glen Garioch 1999 Sherry Matured Batch 30, OB, 56.3% B:2013 Rating: 12/20
   
No Age Specified (NAS)  
Glen Garioch 1797 Founder's Reserve, OB, 48%, B: 2009 Rating: 12/20
Glen Garioch Virgin Oak, OB, 48%, B: 2013 Rating: 14/20
Glen Garioch 15 YO Renaissance Chapter 1, OB, 51.9% B:2014 Rating: 17/20

 

Independent bottlings (IB) and undisclosed "Glen Garioch"  
   
Acla Selection  
Glen Garioch 1992, 21 YO, Acla da Fans, 52.8%, B: 2014 Rating: 16/20
   

Adelphi

 
Glen Garioch 1990, 17 YO, Adelphi, 55.8%, B: 2007, c. 2689, 285 b. Rating: 14/20
Glen Garioch 1990, 19 YO, Adelphi, 53.8%, B: 2009, c. 2697, 234 b. Rating: 14/20
Glen Garioch 1993, 21 YO Adelphi, 59.6% B:2014, c.776 Rating: 15/20
Glen Garioch 1993, 22 YO, Adelphi, 58.6%, B:2015, c. 775, 285 b. Rating: 14/20
Glen Garioch 1993, Adelphi, 59.0%, B:2014 c. 774, 501 b. Rating: 16/20
Glen Garioch 1998, 17 YO, Adelphi, 55.7%, B: 2016, 152 b., cask 3730 Rating: 15/20
   
Alambic Classique  
Glen Garioch 1989, 20 YO, Alambic classique, 55.1%, B: 2009, c. 9475, 168 b. Rating: 15/20
   
Archives  
Glen Garioch 1990, 21 YO, Archives, 54%, B:2012, c. 252, 267 b. Rating: 11/20
   
Berry Bros & Rudd  
Glen Garioch 1991 For Hofer, 23 YO, Berry Bros & Rudd, 53.9%, c. 2914 Rating: 15/20
Glen Garioch 1992 for Charles Hofer Switzerland, Berry Bros & Rudd, 56%, B :2015, c. 3061 Rating: 12/20
Glen Garioch 1993 For Germany, 21 YO, Berry Bros & Rudd, 57%, B:2015, c.781 Rating: 15/20
   
Bottlers, The  
Glen Garioch 1967, 32 YO, The Bottlers, B: 1999, 56.1%, c. 644
Rating: 19/20
   
Cadenhead's  
Glen Garioch 1990, 13 YO, Cadenhead's, 56%, B: 2003 Rating: 11/20
Glen Garioch 1990, 24 YO, Cadenhead’s, 47.8%, B:2014 Rating: 15/20
Glen Garioch 1991 Authentic Collection, 21 YO, Cadenhead’s, 53.7%, B:2013, 216 b. Rating: 15/20
Glen Garioch 1991, 18 YO, Cadenhead’s, 50.3% Rating: 15/20
Glen Garioch 1991, 21 YO, Cadenhead's, 53.7%, B: 2012 Rating: 16/20
   
Carn Mor  
Glen Garioch 1998, 17 YO, Cairn Mor, 51.5%, B:2015, c. 3728, 220 b. Rating: 16/20
   
Cooper's Choice  
Glen Garioch 1993, Cooper’s choice, 46%, B: 2013. Rating: 11/20
   
Douglas Laing  
Glen Garioch 1968 Platinum Rum Finish, D. Laing, 55.9%, B: 2004, 84 b. Rating: 16/20
Glen Garioch 1993, 21 YO Director’s Cut, Douglas Laing, 57.4%, B:2014, ref 10353, 213 b. Rating: 15/20
   
Duncan Taylor  
Glen Garioch 1988 Whisky Galore, 15 YO, D. Taylor, 46% Rating: 13/20
Glen Garioch 1988, 16 YO, D. Taylor, 56.1%, B:2004, c. 1551, 268 b. Rating: 12/20
Glen Garioch 1988, 18 YO, D.Taylor, 52.8%, B:2007, c.1557, 272 b. Rating: 16/20
Glen Garioch 1988, 19 YO, D. Taylor, 55.4%, B:2007, c. 1559, 253 b. Rating: 15/20
Glen Garioch 1988,20 YO, D. Taylor, 54.4%, B: 2009, c. 1558, 249 b. Rating: 13/20
   
Exclusive Malts, David Stirk  
Glen Garioch 1990, 23 YO, Exclusive Malts, 55.6%, B:2014 Rating: 15/20
Glen Garioch 1990 10th Anniversary, 25 YO, Exclusive Malts, 54.8%, B: 2015 Rating: 17/20
Glen Garioch 1993 Dark Sherry, 18 YO, Exclusive Malts, 53.1%, B: 2012, c. 335, 302 b. Rating: 16/20
Glen Garioch 1994, Exclusive Malts, 54.6%, B:2014 Rating: 14/20
   
Fighting Fish  
Glen Garioch 1990, 24 YO, Fighting Fish, 51.4%, B:2015, 177 b. Rating: 12/20
   
First Editions, The  
Glen Garioch 1993, 20 YO, The First Editions, 58.2%, B: 2014, 241 b. Rating: 15/20
   
Formosa  
Glen Garioch 1995 for Spirits Salon, 20 YO, Formosa, 57%, B:2016, cask 135. Rating: 16/20
   
Gordon & MacPhail  
Secret Stills 06.1 (Glen Garioch) 1993, 14 YO, G&M, 45%, B: 2008, c.779 Rating: 14/20
Secret Stills 06.2 (Glen Garioch) 1993, 14 YO, G&M, 45%, butt 779 Rating: 16/20
   
   
Hunter Laing  
Glen Garioch 1991 OMC, 21 YO, Hunter Laing, 50%, B: 2013,  Ref 9809, 251 b. Rating: 13/20
Glen Garioch FassZination 1991, 24 YO, Hunter Laing, 46%, B:2015. Rating: 15/20
Glen Garioch 1991, 25 YO, Hunter Laing, 50%, B:2016, Ref 12811 Rating: 17/20
   
Jack Wiebers Whisky World (JWWW)  
Glen Garioch 1991 World of Orchids,22 YO, JWWW, 53.2%, B: 2014. Rating: 13/20
   
James MacArthur  
Glen Garioch 1988,18 YO, James MacArthur, 53.9% Rating: 17/20
Glen Garioch 1988 Old masters Sherry, 19 YO, James MacArthur, 53.1%, B: 2008, c. 1536 Rating: 18/20
   
Jean Boyer  
Glen Garioch “First for us” 1975, 15 YO, Jean Boyer, 43%, B: 1990, rebottled in 2006, 43% Rating: 18/20
   
Kingsbury (and Friends of the Oak)  
Glen Garioch 1989, 24 YO, Friends of Oak (Kingsbury), 46%, B : 2013. 120 b. Rating; 17/20
   
Ladies of the Glen  
Glen Garioch 1993, 21 YO, Ladies of the Glen, 56.4%, B:2015, c. 798, 250 b. Rating: 13/20
   
Liquid Library  
Glen Garioch 1991, 21 YO, Liquid Library, 51.6%, B: 2014, 227 b. Rating: 13/20
Glen Garioch 1991, Liquid Library, 52.5%, B: 2012. Rating: 14/20
   
Mackillops  
Glen Garioch 1990, 22 YO, Mackillops choice, 53.8%, B:2013, c. 10295 Rating: 14/20
   
Malts of Scotland  
Glen Garioch 1991, Malts of Scotland, 50.1%, B:2010, c. 3175 Rating: 15/20
   
Master of Malts  
Glen Garioch 21 YO, Master of Malt, 48.8%. B: 2012 Rating: 13/20
   
McLelland  
Glen Garioch 16 YO, McClelland’s, 40%, B:1990s  
Highland Single Malt (Glen Garioch) Slim Cowell’s personal selection III 1973, 15 YO, McClelland, 60.5% Rating: 20/20
Highland Single Malt (Glen Garioch) Slim Cowell’s personal selection IV 1975, 15 YO, McClelland, 56% Rating: 18/20
Highlands McLellands (Glen Garioch) 1975, OB, 60%, B: 1990, c.4500 Rating: 17/20
   
   
Perfect Dram, The  
Glen Garioch 1989, 24 YO, The Perfect Dram, 51.4%, B:2014, 220 b. Rating: 14/20
   
Rattray, Dewar and A.D. Rattray  
Glen Garioch 1990, Dewar Rattray, 56%, B: 2010, ca. 5878 Rating: 15/20
   
Samaroli  
Glen Garioch 1966, Samaroli, 43%, B: 1980s. Rating: 17/20
Glen Garioch 1971, Samaroli, 59.6%, 2280 b. Rating: 19/20
Glen Garioch 1971, Samaroli, 43%, B: 1997, c.1239, 300 b Rating: 18/20
Glen Garioch “Hand Written Label” 1975, Samaroli, 57%. Rating: 19/20
Glen Garioch 1975 “Red Letters”, Samaroli, 50% Rating: 18/20
Glen Garioch 1975 White Label, Duthie for Samaroli, 57%, B: 1988, 240 b. Rating: 16/20
Fragment of Scotland Eastern Highland (Glen Garioch) 1975, Samaroli, 50%. Rating: 18/20
Glen Cawdor 1976, Samaroli, 57%, B: 1990, 960 b. Rating: 19/20
Glen Cawdor 1976, Samaroli, 57%, B: 1980s Rating: 19/20
Glen Garioch 1957-87 30th Anniversary for Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone, Duthie for Samaroli, 50%, D:1975, B:1987 Rating: 19/20
   
Sansibar  
Glen Garioch 1992, Sansibar, 49.3%, B: 2014, 136 b. Rating: 14/20
   
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)  
Glen Garioch 19.23 1967, SMWS, 55.2%, B: 1998 Rating: 19/20
Glen Garioch 1988 19.43 Morning dew in a pine grove, 19 YO, SMWS, 53.2%, 244 b. Rating: 16/20
   
Signatory  
Glen Garioch 1990, 18 YO, Signatory, 53.9%, B: 2008, c. 2695 Rating: 16/20
Glen Garioch 1990, 24 YO, Signatory, 48.8%, B : 2014, c.2761 Rating: 14/20
   
Spirit Safe Cask  
Glen Garioch 1988, 18 YO, Spirit safe cask, 56.1% Rating: 15/20
   
Ultimate, The (van Wees)  
Glen Garioch 1990, 23 YO, The Ultimate, 46%, B: 2013 Rating: 16/20
   
Usquebaugh Society  
Glen Garioch 1988, 16 YO, Usquebaugh Society, 54.4% Rating: 16/20
   
Wemyss  
Glen Garioch 1989 A brandy Casket, 23 YO, Wemyss, 46%, B: 2013. Rating: 15/20
   
Whisky Agency, The (TWA) and Liquid Sun  
Glen Garioch Early Flying 1989, 25 YO, TWA, 50.3%, B : 2015. Rating: 14/20
Glen Garioch 1991 For the Whiskyman, 20 YO, Liquid Sun, 52.6%, B:2012, 177 b. Rating: 16/20
Glen Garioch 1991 Bugs, 20 YO, TWA, 54.4%, B: 2011 Rating: 16/20
   
Whisky Doris  
Glen Garioch 1991, 22 YO, Whisky Doris, 52.9%, B 2014 Rating: 14/20
   
Whisky Max  
Glen Garioch 1993, Whiskymax, 52.5%, B:2015, cask 1794 Rating: 14/20