The first-ever Glen Garioch whisky to be fully-matured in French Bordeaux wine casks has been released.
It was distilled 15 years ago in the finest red wine barrels from Saint-Julien in Bordeaux instead of the more traditional ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks used for whisky.
The full maturation in red wine casks has added a touch of elegance to the rich, fruity, spicy Highland character that is Glen Garioch’s house style.
Only 5,400 bottles of the limited-edition vintage have been released by Morrison Bowmore globally.
Rachel Barrie, master blender at Morrison Bowmore, said: “Distilled entirely on 23rd June 1998, this Glen Garioch was fully matured for over 15 years in the finest Bordeaux barriques.
“Over this time, the robust and hearty spirit teased sweetness, oak spices and multi-layered ripe fruits from the French oak allowing Glen Garioch’s house style to flourish. Imagine a blueberry and chocolate muffin filled with ginger spice!
“Firm in structure, with a full, rounded body and complex spiced-fruit taste, Glen Garioch 1998 Wine Matured has married the sweetness of Bordeaux with the wholesome maltiness of the Garioch spirit – the Auld Alliance at its very best.”
Handcrafted at the distillery in Oldmeldrum in rural Aberdeenshire, the non-chill-filtered Wine Cask Matured Glen Garioch 1998 is available now at 48% ABV, selling in retail at £100.
According to the tasting notes, the Wine Cask Matured Glen Garioch reveals brambles, wild blueberries and plums on the nose, bursting from the glass with hints of chocolate and Demerara sugar.
In structure and complexity, layers of chocolate malt, autumn fruits and ginger marmalade meld on the tongue, leading to a sweet honey and spicy finish. It is burnished copper in colour.
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