Glen Garioch Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky Artisanal Small Batch Release is the first Glen Garioch whisky ever matured exclusively in virgin casks composed of North American oak. While Scotch has traditionally been matured in used sherry, port and bourbon casks, the use of new oak casks to finish whisky is another weapon in a distillery's arsenal and allows the whisky to enjoy the sweeter and more complex flavors of virgin wood. Following maturation, the whisky is bottled without the use of chill filtration or artificial coloring.
As a result of this maturation process, the whisky has a rich aroma of buttered bread, white chocolate and orange spices. The aroma gives way to notes of tangy orange, ginger, marmalade and maple syrup on the palate, and leads to a finish accented by touches of malt, brown sugar and cloves. "Glen Garioch's intense flavour means it holds up well in a new fill cask, allowing the liquid to be fully matured in virgin oak and not just finished in the barrel," says Master Blender Rachel Barrie.