Loyal followers of Glen Garioch will be expecting big things when the artisan distillery launches the first chapter of a four-part story focussing 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, of which each will be released annually.
The inaugural release – a Glen Garioch 15-year-old – is due to hit shelves in August 2014.
Roused from its two-year slumber in 1997, Glen Garioch produced an uncharacteristically unpeated spirit that was quite different to its original. The new Glen Garioch house style revealed a rich and full-bodied character, infused with fruit, butterscotch and spice, marking a new chapter in the unfolding story of Scotland’s most easterly distillery.
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 of Aberdeenshire’ for a wonderful story that charts the development of Glen Garioch’s house character each year since the distillery re-opened in 1997.
“This exciting compilation of four single malt whiskies will demonstrate how the Glen Garioch house style develops each year with the release of a 15, 16, 17 and 18 year old, all created from whisky distilled since 1997 and starting with the rich sweet and baked fruit character of the 15 year old”.
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.
Official Tasting Notes:
Honey gold in colour, the Renaissance 15-year-old has layers of rich Highland toffee and creamy butterscotch and notes of gingery, citrus spice on the nose. The warmth of baked apricots and cinnamon-spiced orange hits the palate, interlaced with smooth, caramel and barley sugar leaving a lovely ginger marmalade finish.