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Glen Garioch, 1986 (Scotland)
The fifth vintage, limited edition to be added to Glen Garioch’s portfolio is 25 years old, and has been bottled at cask strength, without chill-filtration. According to Brand Manager John Mullen, “Our small batch casks are handpicked at the peak of their perfection and are selected to display the quality of liquid produced by our artisan Highland distillery. The 1986 adds new flavour and depth to our limited edition range. The light touch of old Glen Garioch smokiness coupled with a blend of cream, coconut and a little pepper make this a stand out dram.” Glen Garioch is located in the Aberdeen-shire village of Oldmeldrum, and dates back to the 18th century. Since a major overhaul of the range in 2009 and the commencement of a policy of occasionally releasing vintage expressions such as the 1986, it is deservedly becoming better known as a single malt of real quality. The nose features peaches and ginger, with fudge and a wisp of smoke. Full-bodied, mildly herbal, rich and sweet in the mouth, with fresh fruit and violet creams. Finally a slightly earthy, peaty note. The finish is long and gently smoky. 54.6% ABV, 70cl, £125.00, specialist whisky merchants.

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