New Booze: Glen Garioch Virgin Oak
This November, whisky aficionados will taste the character
that marks the first Glen Garioch expression ever to be matured solely in
virgin North American white oak casks. While American bourbon whiskey must, by
law, be matured in unused, virgin oak casks, Scottish distillers have always
favored used ‘ex-bourbon’ barrels, believing that the oak in its virgin state
would be too overpowering for Scotland’s more refined and delicate whiskies.
Intrigued by the prospect of matching Glen Garioch’s rich hearty character with
virgin American oak, the distillery laid down a small number of specially
created casks. Made from the inner heartwood of 100-year-old oak trees grown in
the North American mountains, each barrel has been heavily charred inside to
activate the wood’s vanilla and oak spices in readiness for the maturing
Glen Garioch Virgin Oak is offered at 48% ABV and is
non-chill filtered. It is set to arrive in the US this November with a 1,038
bottle allocation for a suggested retail price of $109.99.
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