|Refill Bourbon Hogshead
Glen Garioch 8 yo 2011/2018 (58.4%, Dram Mor, refill bourbon hogshead, cask #2698, 240 bottles) Four stars
Aqua-vitae ex-machina, I suppose. Colour: straw. Nose: ah, some smoke! Coal smoke, burning grasses and leaves, preserved artichokes, green peppercorn, old newspapers, some rosemary, candlewax, garage floor… Yeah, to each his own. With water: hey, chalk! Wonderful. Mouth (neat): oh very good! A touch of coconut for starters (no problems) and then sweet herbs, agaves, greengages, that flatbread they have in many middle-eastern countries, ginseng powder… I think I really like this. With water: excellent, top-notch distillate, fatter and 'rather a little phenolic'. Finish: long, same. Lovely. Peaches. Comments: doesn't 'Dram Mor' mean 'drink a lot'? Not sure I agree with that motto, but this is more proof that they've tried to get back to the ancient style at GG – without the 1980's lavender that is. A superb little mor-e-ish drop.
Vanilla at first, followed by olive brine, lemon peel, crème brûlée and a touch of wood glue. Maybe a touch of bay leaf and other herbs. Naked and balanced.
Touches of charred oak and a sliver of chalk, but also nectarine, ginger, dark spices, and macadamia nuts. There's even a bitter hint of espresso. Quite a 180 compared to the nose, which certainly keeps it interesting.
Lingering spices and a touch of milk chocolate.
In the enchanting landscape of the Scottish Highlands, where the air is crisp and the history of whisky-making weaves through the very fabric of the land, Glen Garioch stands as a testament to tradition and craftsmanship. Among its noteworthy expressions, the Glen Garioch 8 Years Old Dràm Mòr Cask 2698 emerges as a symphony of flavors meticulously orchestrated by the esteemed Scottish premium independent bottler, Dràm Mòr.
Distilled in the heart of Aberdeenshire and bottled on the 24th of October 2019, this 8-year-old gem has spent its formative years maturing in a Refill Bourbon Hogshead, Cask 2698. At a formidable 58.4% alcohol by volume, it stands as a bold representation of the robust and characterful spirit for which Glen Garioch is celebrated.
Dràm Mòr, known for its commitment to excellence and the art of cask selection, has curated this release to showcase the unique qualities of Glen Garioch. The Refill Bourbon Hogshead imparts a delicate sweetness and allows the distillery's signature character to shine through.
As one lifts the glass to the nose, the aroma is a delightful dance of vanilla, honey, and a subtle hint of citrus. The Refill Bourbon Hogshead has gently influenced the spirit, creating a bouquet that is both inviting and complex, a prelude to the sensory journey within.
On the palate, the Glen Garioch 8 Years Old unfolds with a harmonious blend of flavors. The sweetness of caramel and orchard fruits is complemented by notes of oak and a touch of spice. The higher alcohol content enhances the overall intensity, inviting enthusiasts to explore the layers of complexity within each sip.
The finish is a lingering embrace, with the warmth of the whisky leaving an enduring impression. It's a testament to the meticulous aging process and the careful curation by Dràm Mòr, capturing the essence of Glen Garioch in its youthful vibrancy.
With only 240 bottles in existence, this expression is a rare and sought-after treasure. Each bottle is a testament to the limited nature of premium releases, appealing to collectors and connoisseurs who relish the opportunity to experience a piece of Glen Garioch's legacy in a unique form.
In conclusion, the Glen Garioch 8 Years Old Dràm Mòr Cask 2698 is not just a whisky; it's a collaboration between the heritage of Glen Garioch and the discerning selection by Dràm Mòr. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or someone embarking on a whisky exploration, this expression invites you to savor the richness and depth within each carefully crafted bottle. Here's to Glen Garioch, Dràm Mòr, and the timeless allure of Scotch whisky. Slàinte mhath!