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    Foreign Whisky of the Month - 01/2014: Glen Garioch

    Happy New Year. Again. Seems to happen every 12, 365 or so.

    This month's Foreign Whisky of the Month is Glen Garioch. A little obscure possibly, but one that has some great history behind it. I believe it was recently renovated, or at least had their offerings revamped, so I am anxious to hear what people have to say. Oh, and especially curious to hear if anyone has some of the early 70's peated stuff?!?
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 01/2014: Glen Garioch

    The list I put up was sourced, in part, by looking at my local stores and knowing what they had in stock, then had to go and pick a distillery that they don't carry! Thankfully, due to some help from a fellow SBer, I happen to have a bottle of Glen Garioch on hand and will be pouring myself a dram tonight. Ha!



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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 01/2014: Glen Garioch

    Quote Originally Posted by MtnDew View Post
    The list I put up was sourced, in part, by looking at my local stores and knowing what they had in stock, then had to go and pick a distillery that they don't carry! Thankfully, due to some help from a fellow SBer, I happen to have a bottle of Glen Garioch on hand and will be pouring myself a dram tonight. Ha!
    Glad that will work out for you. I need to get something myself.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 01/2014: Glen Garioch

    How to pronounce Glen Garioch:

    ¡Geaux Tigers! - ¡Visca el Barça!

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 01/2014: Glen Garioch

    I'm sipping on the 12 year and so far I like it. First off it's nice that it's unfiltered and bottled at 48%, makes me think more highly of them right of the bat. As for the taste itself, I get banana, vanilla, maybe burnt coconut, and something sweet that I can't put my finger on. Almost like a wafer of some kind... All in all I'm pleased with this, I'm going to have to look into more offerings from this distillery.

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 01/2014: Glen Garioch

    Quote Originally Posted by MtnDew View Post
    I'm sipping on the 12 year and so far I like it. First off it's nice that it's unfiltered and bottled at 48%, makes me think more highly of them right of the bat. As for the taste itself, I get banana, vanilla, maybe burnt coconut, and something sweet that I can't put my finger on. Almost like a wafer of some kind... All in all I'm pleased with this, I'm going to have to look into more offerings from this distillery.
    I have a couple of offerings from them and they're both nice and actually pretty unique. Good balance and really good value at the prices at which they were purchased.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 01/2014: Glen Garioch

    If you want to taste Glen Garioch without spending a lot of money (I will likely be killed for this post)..try McClelland's Highlands for about $30. It is Glen Garioch at a youngish age and not bad at all.

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 01/2014: Glen Garioch

    I'm not a big fan of Glen "Geery". I tasted an older bottle at Whiskeyfest (the 17 I think) and it was alright. I also bought a bottle of the Founder's Reserve blindly and was disappointed - it sat on my counter for over a year until I took it to a party at a friends house an left it. I think there are better Highland malts out there, especially for the price.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 01/2014: Glen Garioch

    Quote Originally Posted by Dolph Lundgren View Post
    I'm not a big fan of Glen "Geery". I tasted an older bottle at Whiskeyfest (the 17 I think) and it was alright. I also bought a bottle of the Founder's Reserve blindly and was disappointed - it sat on my counter for over a year until I took it to a party at a friends house an left it. I think there are better Highland malts out there, especially for the price.
    The FR was merely OK. The 12 year (which I got for $26+ tax) was a great buy at the price. And McClellands is something like $18 around here, so if it tastes like GG, then it might be a buy at that price, but it's probably about 4 years old.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 01/2014: Glen Garioch

    This one reminds me of an ex-girlfriend who could be either a lot of fun or not.

    I was introduced to Glen Garioch through one of the peated expressions made back in the 70s. I can't say the experience was pleasant. I presented it at a tasting and over the evening the guys around the table created a joke by pouring a drink from one of the other bottles then sliding the Garioch over to the next in line. The bottle kept getting passed around the table without anyone pouring it again after the first taste. It wasn't bad or anything, the problem was one of balance. The peat was harsh and a dominate influence, sort of like too much cayenne in a dish from someone just learning to cook cajun style. It was plainly discordant and badly out of tune.

    My next introduction was an 8 yr expression I picked up on sale while traveling because it was cheap. Surprisingly good if a bit simple, light, floral, fairly complex and sorta fun. Something like the current Lismore for example.

    Some years later I came across a 12 yr old and remembering the 8 picked it up for one of my tastings. Even better than the 8, richer, fuller, more complex and rich, turned out to be a big hit, so much that the tasters in that group started actively looking for Garioch when traveling in states where it may be available.

    When McClelland came out with their single malt series word was the Highland expression was 9 year old Garioch so I got a bottle. Very good stuff, an excellent example of the dry, floral Highland style. Heather, hay, the only Malt I've tasted where I swear I could find lavender and violets. And it was bargain priced (my Scottish forebears would be proud).

    Never got a chance to try the 10, 15 or older ones but McClelland's Highland Selection was and still is available locally. Problem is they have been reducing the age from 9 to 7 then to 5 I'm told, I just know the last bottle I bought (at least five years ago) was diminished in statue.
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