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Glen Garioch

Glen Garioch Distillery

Region: Highlands, Scotland.

Founded: 1797

Status: Operational

Owner: Beam Suntory (Morrison Bowmore)

Water source: The Silent Spring of Coutens Farm

Ouput: 1.37 million litres alcohol per annum

Glen Garioch distillery (pronounced “Geery” in the Doric dialect of Aberdeen), is one of the oldest whisky distilleries in Scotland, dating back to 1797


The location chosen by John & Alexander Manson for their malt whisky distillery in 1797 was an obvious one. Oldmeldrum in the celebrated ‘Valley of the Garioch’ was named “The Granary of Aberdeenshire”, famous for producing the finest barley in all of Scotland.

The distillery, which originally incorporated a brewery and tannery, stands on the very edge of the town Oldmeldrum in Aberdeenshire. The Garioch — pronounced ‘Geery’ — is a tract of richly fertile land, some 150 square miles (390 km2) in extent. The location is known as ‘the granary of Aberdeenshire’, where barley and crystal springs have been abundant for over a thousand years, so it is not surprising that Glen Garioch Distillery was established as early as 1794 — one of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland.

In 1968 the production of Glen Garioch was suspended on account of ‘chronic water shortages’, however in 1972 a manager was appointed with a brief to find another water source. A spring was discovered on a neighbouring farm. It came to be called ‘The Silent Spring’ as it could neither be seen nor heard.

Leading with the 1797 Founders Reserve at the heart of the range, Glen Garioch will periodically release hand selected individual batches of stock at the peak of their perfection, aiming to demonstrate the quality and breadth of the Glen Garioch spirit. Launched as ‘Single Batch Releases’, the first will be the Glen Garioch 1990 Vintage and the Glen Garioch 1978 Vintage which will join the 1797 Founders Reserve.

It is operated by Morrison Bowmore Distillers, which is owned by the Japanese company Suntory.

Glen Garioch Whisky Reviews:

  • glen-garioch-15-year-old-1998-wine-cask-matured-whisky Glen Garioch 15 Year Old 1998 Wine Cask Matured ~ 48% (Morrison Bowmore) - Whisky Review: Glen Garioch 15 Year Old 1998 Wine Cask Matured Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glen Garioch Distillery Bottling: Morrison Bowmore ABV: 48% Cost: £91.37 from Master of Malt What they say: 1998 Wine Cask Matured 48% ABV Bottled: 2014 No. Bottles: 6000 This small batch release has been exclusively matured in […]
  • Glen Garioch 1999 Vintage – Oloroso Cask ~ 56.3% (Morrison Bowmore) - Glen Garioch 1999 Vintage – Oloroso Cask Batch No. 30 Highland single malt scotch whisky 56.3% ABV, £61.95 for 70cl Score: 89/100 What they say: This Small Batch Release of Glen Garioch 1999 gains it rich and full-bodied Highland character from maturation in Oloroso Sherry Casks since 1999. The result is treacle toffee, chocolate and […]
  • Glen-Garioch-1978-Milroys-single-malt-scotch-whisky Glen Garioch 33 Years Old 1978 ~ 58.8% (Milroy’s of Soho) - Glen Garioch 33 Years Old 1978 Highland single malt scotch whisky 58.8% ABV, £300 for 70cl from Milroy’s of Soho Score: 91/100 What they say: In November 2012 Milroy’s of Soho proudly launched a rare bottling of 33 year-old Glen Garioch single malt, having visited Scotland’s most easterly distillery earlier in June. This is the latest […]
  • GlenGarioch virginoak Glen Garioch Virgin Oak 2013 ~ 48% (Morrison Bowmore) - Glen Garioch Virgin Oak 2013 (Official Bottling) 48% ABV, £65 for 70cl Score: 79/100 What they say: 48% ABV Bottled: 2013 Cask: Virgin North American Oak The very first release of Glen Garioch fully matured in virgin North American white oak casks is unlike anything you have ever tasted. A velvet explosion of rich buttery […]
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