Glen Garioch Distillery, Oldmeldrum, Highlands, Scotland
A little Glen Geery to continue the momentum? In any case, that's how you pronounce the highlander Glen Garioch.
In this case, Glen Garioch used to ripen American white oak barrels that have never been used before, hence the name "virgin" oak. It's a bit fashionable these days to use such barrels, hoping to impart a stronger flavor to these malts. Unfortunately it does not lend itself to all expressions ...
As the Italian pacifist and patriotic journalist of Unity, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 1907, so aptly put it, Ernesto Teodoro Moneta (1833-1918) said so well:
If a man changes his wife, it is in order to find in the new a blank ear for his stories.
Amber almost brown adorned with delicate legs. Good alcohol despite the fact that the influence of the bole is difficult to discern with the naked eye.
All in all, not unpleasant. Cereals, apples, dry oak, spices, with a hint of vanilla to represent well the origin of its barrel.
Sweet honey, fruit in syrup, some salted caramel, grilled malt. Definitely a nice surprise after a nose that did not promise the stars.
Of a good length, it leaves us on a mixture of sweet dark chocolate with the orange and Cheerios with honey and walnuts.
It may be far from other Glen Garioch, but it's still a small single malt that defends well. Better in any case than his cousin Auchentoshan under such conditions.