MY wife and I recently spent a few days in Edinburgh, and no trip to the capital is complete without a wander up the Royal Mile and diving into the many whisky shops dotted along the cobbled street. But on this particular trip, we also decided to visit the Scotch Whisky Experience and it was here that I bought a bottle of Glen Garioch 12.
I had read a bit about this Aberdeenshire distillery but had never tried a drop. But, with a discount attached to the entry ticket, I decided to dive into this single malt - and I'm very glad I did.
The whisky is bottled at a very respectable 48%, is non-chill filtered and has a lovely, rich taste which is quite unlike anything I've tried before. On the nose there's sticky dates, figs, heather honey, tobacco, Amaretti biscuits, cinnamon and sweet nutty baklava. There's also some good quality bourbon scents wafting from the glass. It's definitely worth spending a good 20 minutes or so with this beauty just to fully experience the wonderful aromas.
Take a sip and it is floral, rich, sweet and nutty, with honey and dried fruit, while the finish is a mix of creamy butterscotch, dates, figs, fresh ginger and cinnamon.
The Glen Garioch 12 is an exceptional dram. It's not a light, every day whisky but the sort of drink which slips down wonderfully after dinner. It's rich, heavy, full bodied and absolutely packed with gorgeous aromas and mouth watering flavours. A corker of a dram.