One of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland – and its most easterly – Glen Garioch (pronounced Geery in the ancient Doric dialect still spoken there) has been making its mighty malt in the quaint and historic market town of Oldmeldrum, near Aberdeen in North East Scotland, ever since 1797. Shielded from the world’s prying eyes, deep in the fertile ‘Granary of Aberdeenshire’, and only ever produced in small, precious batches, Glen Garioch is a rare find indeed, but warmly appreciated by those who like a hearty Highland malt, non chill-filtered as nature intended, with a wholesome maltiness, honeyed sweetness and delicious creamy texture to savour.
The Glen Garioch 12 Year Old has the colour of sharp honey. On the nose heathery, floral notes are balanced with the richness of poached pears and the sweetness of malted barley. Flavours of crème brûlée and sweet ripe banana come through at first, then comes a light oakiness with pear fruitiness, leading to a long smooth, creamy and fragrant finish.
This whisky is the perfect accompaniment to Parmigiano-Reggiano, the 12 Years Old binds the dryness of the cheese, which in return provides a platform for the malt’s sweet fruitiness and enhances its clean barley notes.