Glen Garioch, the hidden gem of the whisky world, has launched exclusively to The Whisky Exchange a sherry matured 1973 Single Cask, the distillery’s oldest release for 5 years.
Just 138 bottles of cask no 4297, retailing at £899, will be available exclusively via The Whisky Exchange, making it a highly covetable collectable for serious enthusiasts.
Filled in November 1973, the Glen Garioch vintage malt has been patiently maturing for 40 years until chosen this February by The Whisky Exchange to celebrate its 15th birthday. The robust spirit has tasting notes of dark chocolate and dry Oloroso sherry with plum and cherry fruit liqueurs, balanced by toasted almond and subtle burnt smokiness.
Rachel Barrie, Master Blender for Morrison Bowmore Distillers, said, “After 40 years, this is undoubtedly a full-bodied, sherry influenced malt which really captures the essence of the Highlands. The palate is oily and mouth-coating with brambles and dry plum skins, and toasted walnut oil and tobacco leaf into the finish.”
“Hand picked and bottled at 54.3% ABV to bring out the rich chocolate and fruit notes, this 1973 Single Cask showcases the quality of the spirit produced from this small artisan distillery through our limited edition programme.”
Sukhinder Singh, director of The Whisky Exchange, said: “We visited Glen Garioch Aberdeenshire’s distillery in search of a very special bottling; a one-off treat for our extremely knowledgeable and discerning customers to commemorate our 15th birthday.”
“Once we discovered this 1973 malt, matured solely in a Sherry Butt, we looked no further. It’s a remarkable, small-batch release that symbolises Glen Garioch’s hand-crafted approach and will undoubtedly whet the appetite of all serious whisky aficionados.”