Glen Garioch Founders Reserve, (Garioch is pronounced “Geary”) is pretty much the most easterly of all Highland Malts, close to Aberdeen. Made in small batches, this is just oh so easy to drink.
You can’t escape the big sweet butterscotch nose. I’m a sucker for anything smelling vaguely vanilla – Werthers originals in a glass yum! Then enters a subtle spice note, very clean with a really balanced citrus edge and then sultanas. On the palate barley makes an entrance as well as mixed spice but it’s soft and creamy. Butterscotch is still present with hints of bruised apple on the finish.
I’ve got to say this is unexpected complexity for such a keenly priced Malt. Great stuff!