Glen Garioch 1991
Peated Single Malt
Glen Garioch // Highlands, Scotland
Tucked away in a remote valley in the Highlands, the Glen Garioch facility is known as the most easterly distillery in Scotland. It dates back to 1797, making it one of the oldest Scotch distilleries. The brand is known for its small batches of non-chill-filtered single malts. This 1991 vintage is aged 19 years in American oak and bottled at a burly 54.7%. It’s an increasingly rare taste of the distillery’s style from the days when they used pleated barley, which they do no longer.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask TypeAmerican Oak
"Close your eyes and take a whiff and suddenly everything’s different. You’re sitting in a rocking chair in front of a fire, basking in its glow. In the next room, the gingerbread cake is just about finished baking. And it’s the ginger spices that come on like a roaring flame when you take a sip. The smokiness from the measure of peated malt used here takes a back seat, letting the zingy ginger strut its stuff and a bit of orange pith escort it along. A drop of water brings out all kinds of other fruits—mandarin orange and apricot. But as the show ends, it’s the rounded smokiness that’s the last one standing. As the finish fades, the last few embers gradually vanish into a smoke."