Loyal followers of Glen Garioch will be expecting big things when the Oldmeldrum distillery launches the first chapter of a four-part story focusing on the resurgence of its fine single malt whisky.

The hearty Highland character of Glen Garioch has been captured in an exciting quadrilogy, charting the journey of the malt’s current house style as it matures over four years. The result is an anthology of four exclusive editions – 15, 16, 17 and 18 year olds – entitled the Glen Garioch Renaissance Collection, each of which will be released annually.

The inaugural release – a Glen Garioch 15-year-old – is due to hit shelves this month.

Laden with lovely spicy notes after maturing in quality bourbon and sherry casks for 15 years, the opening edition of The Renaissance Collection builds on the house character with rich toffee and chocolate ginger notes, balanced with sweet, honey apricot and orange.

The three following editions will be released annually, creating a compilation that maps out the fascinating progress of Glen Garioch’s spirit in the cask – undoubtedly a must-have for Glen Garioch enthusiasts.

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

The Renaissance 15-year-old Glen Garioch has been non-chill filtered and bottled at 51.9% ABV and is available from all good whisky and liquor stores retailing at around £80, and only 12,000 bottles available globally.

Glen Garioch, pronounced “Glen Geery” was founded in 1797 and is one of the oldest remaining distilleries in Scotland.


From The Press and Journal. 14th August 2014