Glen Garioch 15 YO Renaissance
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  • caramel
  • orange zest
  • sweet
  • nutty
  • spicy
  • butter
  • woody
  • hazelnuts
  • burnished

Glen Garioch

15 YO Renaissance (0.7l, 51.9%)
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Glen Garioch Renaissance is more than just another dram … it is a well-crafted statement of new Whisky beginnings in the spirit of enlightenment. 

The Glen Garioch distillery (pronounced Glen Geerie) was founded around 1797 by the Manson brothers, although many claim it was in fact, Thomas Simpson. Different sources tell different stories. It is located in Oldemldrum, a small town in the Highlands famous for producing the finest barley in all of Scotland. Or so they say.
 
The Glen Garioch distillery is one of the oldest and easternmost distilleries in Scotland and is operated by Morrison Bowmore Distillers, which is owned by Suntory, one of Japan's largest distilleries (check out Whisky's Big in Japan for more on Japanese Whisky). Glen Garioch is specialized in "handcrafted" Scotch that is never chill-filtered.
 
Glen Garioch has been in continuous operation since 1797 … well, almost. You see, when the ownership changes hands in 1995, there were two “dark” years when new production was completely stopped, the process tweaked, and the peat removed from the malting process. So you really have two Glen Garioch’s … pre-1995 and post-1997. How do the changes impact this historic Whisky? The Whisky Masters as Glen Garish decided to find out.
 
The Glen Garioch Renaissance 15-year has the “subtitle” of 1st Chapter (with three more to come!). This special edition is the first release that is all post-1997 “new method” stuff. And good stuff it is, too, with a fresh cinnamon-orange spice and ginger-marmalade flavor that is spot on with a good body, a buttery richness, and just a tad of sweetness. 
 
SmartAss Corner
Notice how the nickname for this dram is “1st Chapter”? That’s because the Renaissance series is a grand experiment to see how the new recipe and process modulates the flavor profile over time. There will be three more Renaissance editions: at 16, 17, and 18-year old versions. Uncle Flaviar is going to collect the entire set. 
 

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  • caramel
  • orange zest
  • sweet
  • nutty
  • spicy
  • butter
  • woody
  • hazelnuts
  • burnished
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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.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
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.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
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