Glen Garioch is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland with it’s roots dating back t0 1797. The location chosen by John & Alexander Manson for their malt whisky distillery iwas an obvious one. Oldmeldrum in the celebrated ‘Valley of the Garioch’ was named “The Granary of Aberdeenshire”, famous for producing the finest barley in all of Scotland.
In 1968 the production of Glen Garioch was suspended on account of ‘chronic water shortages’, however in 1972 a new manager was appointed with a brief to find another water source. A spring was discovered on a neighboring farm. It came to be called ‘The Silent Spring’ as it could neither be seen nor heard.
Leading with the 1797 Founders Reserve at the heart of the range, Glen Garioch will periodically release hand selected individual batches of stock at the peak of their perfection, aiming to demonstrate the quality and breadth of the Glen Garioch spirit. Launched as ‘Single Batch Releases’, the first will be the Glen Garioch 1978 Vintage and the Glen Garioch 1990 Vintage which will join the 1797 Founders Reserve.
Glen Garioch is currently operated by Morrison Bowmore Distillers, which is owned by the Japanese company Suntory.