Glen Garioch to release first of four-whisky series

Glen Garioch renaissance

The first in series of four whiskies is to be released by Glen Garioch in September, showcasing how the malt’s house style matures over four years.

The inaugural release, a Glen Garioch 15-year-old, features the whisky’s modern unpeated style with a rich and full-bodied character, infused with fruit, butterscotch and spice.

Laden with spicy notes after maturing in bourbon and sherry casks for 15 years, the single malt builds on the house character with rich toffee and chocolate ginger notes, balanced with sweet, honey apricot and orange.

It will be the first in The Renaissance Collection, with the three following editions released annually at 16, 17 and 18 years, creating a compilation that maps out the progress of Glen Garioch’s spirit in the cask.

Rachel Barrie, master blender at brand owner Morrison Bowmore, said: “The scene is set at the ‘granary of Aberdeenshire’ for a wonderful story that charts the development of Glen Garioch’s house character each year since the distillery re-opened in 1997.

“This exciting compilation of four single malt whiskies will demonstrate how the Glen Garioch house style develops each year with the release of a 15-, 16-, 17- and 18-year-old, all created from whisky distilled since 1997 and starting with the rich sweet and baked fruit character of the 15-year-old.”

The 15-year-old Glen Garioch has been non-chillfiltered and bottled at 51.9% ABV and is recommended for sale in retail at around £80. Only 12,000 bottles are available globally.

According to the tasting notes, the honey gold whisky has layers of rich Highland toffee and creamy butterscotch and notes of gingery, citrus spice on the nose. The warmth of baked apricots and cinnamon-spiced orange hits the palate, interlaced with smooth, caramel and barley sugar leaving a lovely ginger marmalade finish.
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