Artisan distiller Glen Garioch has excelled with its latest limited offering, launching their first ever Virgin Oak Single Malt Whisky.
Glen Garioch is one of the few distillers to produce a fully-matured virgin oak single malt - a luxury for real connoisseurs.
Intrigued by the prospect of matching Glen Garioch's rich hearty character with virgin American white oak, the distillery laid down a small number of specially created casks.
The result is a unique single malt packed with spiciness and vanilla.
Rachel Barrie, master blender for Morrison Bowmore Distillers, said: "Virgin Oak matured malts are not for the faint hearted and neither is Glen Garioch. It's a malt for real aficionados and this exclusive small batch really makes its mark.
"Glen Garioch's intense flavour means it holds up well in a new fill cask, allowing the liquid to be fully matured in virgin oak and not just finished in the barrel.
"We used the inner heartwood of 100-year-old oak trees grown in the North American mountains. Each oak barrel was heavily charred to activate the wood's vanilla and oak spices in readiness for the maturing spirit, bringing its own unique woody tones to the malt.
"The final result is a fusion of vanilla, caramelised wood sugars and oak spices - a match made in heaven and a stand out for malt enthusiasts."
Just 120 cases of the limited edition have been released for the UK market.
On the palate, Glen Garioch Virgin Oak offers a velvet explosion of rich buttery malt, chocolate and allspice.
Chocolate cake melds with treacle syrup and tangy orange marmalade leading to a long and warming finish of baked fruit marmalade, ginger and allspice.
Available from selected specialist retailers from the end of July, Glen Garioch Virgin Oak Single Malt Whisky is bottled at 46% ABV will retail circa £69.99.