Glen Garioch 2009

This is a clean canvas that allowed Glen Garioch’s house style to sing. 11 years is about the point where Glen Garioch’s spirit is past a tipping point – very young Garioch is quite heavy and waxy in character, but a decade of maturation massages these heavy notes into warm heather honey and cereal tones. This process continues slowly but surely as Garioch matures further.

An ex-bourbon barrel is a classic cask – the vanilla coconut aromas of American white oak leave their mark on the spirit, but never as forcefully as ex wine, sherry or other spirit casks. This cask allows you to taste Glen Garioch’s true nature, and is a Highland Malt purist’s dream.

Auction estimate: £6,500 – £8,500

For the person who likes: Kola Kubes or red liquorice

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Cask Details

DistilleryGlen Garioch
Age11 years
Distillation DateFebruary 19, 2009
Cask TypeEx-Bourbon Barrel
Re-gauge ABV60.60%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)89.2 litres
New Bulk Litres147.2 litres
Re-gauge DateFebruary 2020
Cask Number641

Tasting Notes

“A whiff of treacle, then nougat, fudge, and red apples on the pleasing nose. Ginger develops in time. The palate is elegant, yet robust, with peach melba and honey. Drying in the finish, with prickly pepper. A lovely dram – almost there.”

Gavin D. Smith,
Author & Renowned Whisky Journalist

“Coconut and vanilla on the nose, with some pineapple fruitiness, a bit of a piña colada! The palate is oily, with a rich mouthfeel that carries those biscuity, fruity flavours with grace. Very delicious.”


“This one is a devious beastie, the first thing that hits you is a booziness that would burn your nose hairs, but upon tasting you get a lovely creamy and biscuity flavours. The warming finish makes you feel like you are sitting in a snug café when it’s windy and raining outside.”


“Patisserie Glen Garioch. It’s a concoction of desserts but its nutty and roasted coffee flavours help to keep the balance of sweetness and add richness. Well ripened red grape, almost dark rum like, on the nose. The palate brings vanilla syrup, thyme, salty caramel chocolate, blossoming lily, orange blossom honey, macadamia nut, coffee powder, milky coffee, citrus & savoury finish is lingering.”


“Delightful on the nose, with milky coffee and almond croissants. The dessert theme continues to the palate – Ginger bread, biscoff, amoretto sours.”


Tasting Panel Video

We simply do not have enough liquid to allow every interested bidder to sample the contents of the cask before purchase. As a compromise, each sample is reviewed by our in-house team and their honest opinions encouraged. Among them, our tasters have sat on tasting panels for, and advised, top names in whisky, such as the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the Waldorf Astoria, the Peninsula Shanghai and The Scotch Whisky Experience.

Watch the video below to hear what our team had to say about this fine selection of casks on Cask 88 TV, our online channel for all things whisky.

About The Distillery

In an arable corner of Aberdeenshire, Glen Garioch is one of the oldest (possibly even THE oldest) operating distillery in Scotland. It’s not an unbroken line of production, Glen Garioch has closed down on a couple of occasions during its history, but like any good phoenix, has risen again a short time later, burning with new vigour.

The site may be old, but the equipment is compact and modern. Combined with a short (50 hour) fermentation time, Garioch’s stills produce a heavier spirit that needs a bit of time to get to know its cask. Patience pays off, though, as mature Glen Garioch whisky is a beautiful example of floral, honeyed East Coast Highland whisky – the years are kind to this one.

Buyer’s note: We cannot offer a photo of this cask due to the regulations on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations that are imposed in the warehouse.


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Auction Details

  • Bidding will end on October 18th at 5:00pm BST subject to continuation defined below.
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  • Upon verification that all funds due have been received, ownership of the cask will be transferred to the buyer and the buyer will be sent a title certificate. As per Scottish regulations, the cask must remain in a government bonded warehouse until bottling.
  • No samples will be provided during the auction.
  • If two bidders place a bid in the same amount, the first bid placed will be the winner.
  • Storage will be included for a period of 2 years from the conclusion of the auction. All other costs related to storage, removal from storage, insurance, transportation, bottling and duties/taxes will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.
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