Review: Glen Garioch Founder’s Reserve and 12 Years Old Scotch Whisky

This Highlands malt (prounounced “Glen Geery”) is relatively unknown in the U.S. Closed briefly from 1995 to 1997, it is the easternmost distillery in the Highlands and is unpeated.

Glen Garioch Founder’s Reserve – This un-age-statemented bottling is a fine everyday dram, sweet and warming, with a bit of floral character, some hay, and a touch of coal in the finish. Maybe a little sea spray as the whisky winds down? 96 proof. B+ / $45

Glen Garioch 12 Years Old – Finished in sherry casks, which gives this whisky not a citrus, sherry character but more of a woody, marshmallow, and black tea experience. That coal character is a lot stronger here, alongside cedar wood and some evergreen notes. I prefer the more easygoing Founder’s Reserve to the 12 Year, which is a little brutish. B / $60

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