Glen Garioch
Distillery
Founded in 1797
Glen Garioch is located in Oldmeldrum, in the Valley of Garioch. It was known as being a region with the finest barley in Scotland.

Thomas Simpson found the distillery in 1797, which makes it one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. In 1837, the distillery was bought by John Manson & Co., owner of Strathmeldrum Distillery. In the first decade of the 1900s, William Sanderson bought the distillery.

Glen Garioch was important to him, since it was a special malt for the VAT 69 blend. Soon after, Sanderson & Sons merged with Booth's Distillers Ltd., and later DCL acquired the distillery. No more than 30 years later, Glen Garioch was decommissioned and closed again.

Luckily Stanley P. Morrison Ltd. bought the distillery and resumed the operations until 1995, and one year after that, Suntory bought the company from Morrison's. In 1995, the distillery was mothballed but re-opened in 1997.

Until 1978, the distillery had 2 stills. A third still was added to the equipment list in this year. 1982 was an important year, because gas heating was introduced. Glen Garioch uses a stainless steel mash tun, eight stainless steel washbacks, one wash still and two spirit stills.

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
    Highlands
  • Established
    1797
  • Owner
    Beam Suntory
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
    3
  • Visitor center
    Yes
  • Status
    Active
  • Address
    Glen Garioch Distillery Distillery Road Oldmeldrum Aberdeenshire AB51 0ES United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1651 873450
  • Website
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In November 1972, Glen Garioch released its first single malt in 180 years. Previously the Whisky was used in blends like VAT 69, Grant's Standfast, Bell's and Drambuie liqueur.

In 1982, Glen Garioch became the first distillery ever to use North Sea gas for heating.

The Glen Garioch 46YO,  is the oldest official bottle from the distillery.
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Highlands
There's a dram for everyone in the Highlands!

Highlands are the largest of the Scottish Whisky regions. Geographically the Highland Whisky region is defined as everything north of an imaginary line between Dundee and Greenock.

Single malt Whisky from the Highlands offer a lot of flavour diversity. You'll find everything from smoky drams to light and elegant floral & fruity Whiskies coming from the Highland distilleries.
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Man 1: High pressure trying to dominate across the British Isles and that starts as early as today as the low pressure that...

Man 2: We probably have between 200 and 300 ways of describing the name of this area.

Woman: "Glen Geery" is how you pronounce it.

Man 2: And as we say in the north east, "Cheery Geery." We are known as the most Easterly distillery in Scotland and we are just on the edge of the Highland region.

Woman: In this area of Scotland is quite literally the green stewards. The fields around Oldmeldrum, around the distillery, they're all growing barley. [00:01:06] [music] [00:01:34] One of the families that have been here for generations is actually the distillery manager, whose nickname is Digger. He got his nickname from his father, whose nickname was Digger, because he actually found the new water supply.

Man 2: And the natural spring has just run into a double [inaudible 00:01:49] and long may it continue.

Woman: Chill filtering really was started for the American market. If you put ice into non chill filtered Whisky, it will look cloudy, but it's long been recognized that filtering that haze out, you're removing lots of flavors. Now we just filter it and bottle it so that when you drink it, it actually clings to your taste buds and the flavor goes on and on and on. [00:02:28] [music] [00:02:44] Our stock from prior to 1995 is quite small. It lends itself well to producing single batch, small batch bottlings. I always tell visitors to Glen Garioch that the people making it and the people in the area and the whole atmosphere of the area are almost an ingredient, they're so much part of the Whisky.

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