Glen Garioch 24 year old
Glen Garioch 24 year old has a most attractive nose giving rich fruity notes with underlying yellow fruit, orange and citrus. The palate is rich, creamy and fruity with a trace of peat-smoke. This is a classy old malt whisky with great presence and poise . Unchil-filtered and no colouring has been added to this fine barrel of whisky.
Glen Garioch distillery was founded in 1797 and it is one of Scotland's oldest distilleries. It operated under the ownership of the founding family until 1837. After that year, the distillery was sold a couple of times and in the early 20th century William Sanderson and Sons who were the owners of the VAT69 blend. This latter company merged with other larger companies until it was taken over by Scotch Malt Distillers (SMD) who closed the distillery in 1968. A company by the name Stanley P Morrison Ltd (SPM) acquired the distillery and resumed production almost immediately after acquiring it. Under the ownership of SPM the distillery went through upgrades and innovations in the 1970s. Peated whisky was produced, the floor maltings were upgraded and a visitor center was opened. The innovations continued until the early 1980s when the distillery became the first one to employ direct heating in their pot stills. The Suntory group from Japan took over SPM in 1984 and according to some whisky experts like Charles Maclean, the character of the whisky produced under the new ownership is markedly different to the one produced before the take over. In 1994 the floor maltings were decommissioned and the entire official portfolio was relaunched in 2009.