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