1995 Glen Garioch 20 Year Old "John Milroy" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) SKU #1288107

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Tasting Notes

The wonderful John Milroy's line of Single Malt Single Cask Scotch is finally back and we're proud to be the exclusive purveyor of this special brand in California. The legacy of the Milroy's name goes back to 1964, when John "Jack" Milroy opened a little wine shop at #3 Greek St in an upscale neighborhood on the west end of London. Over the next 30 years, the Milroys and their talented store manager, Doug McIver would make the Milroy name synonymous with exceptional single cask scotch. Eventually, Mr. McIver moved on to become the head of the venerable Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits Department and Jack Milroy struck out on his own creating the equally well regarded "John Milroy Selection" brand of single cask single malts. In 2009, Jack tapped Doug as his pick to take the special line of scotch into the new century - partnering with Berry's would ensure that only the very best whisky would be bottled under the Milroy name. Doug takes this spiritual legacy seriously and he's finally put together a portfolio of exceptional single casks and we're proud to be his partners in California. The wonderful historic Glen Garioch is one of the oldest active distilleries in Scotland. Founded in 1797 behind the tiny hamlet of Old Meldrum, it was in the Morrison Bowmore portfolio when it was acquired by Suntory in 1984. Distilled in early 1995, it's some of the final spirit distilled before its closure. This ultra malty style transports you directly to barley fields of Aberdeenshire.

Staff Reviews

  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    5/2/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    There is something really unique that Glen Garioch does that I can almost always identify, yet it is difficult for me to describe. Tasting this bottle I again was pleased to taste this beautiful note that is so quintessentially Glen Garioch to me. What is perhaps even more exciting is that this is what I was always told was old school, classic Highland style that I have rarely gotten to taste. The nose is light vanilla and cut hay with hints of cereal. Sipping it I got oatmeal and light grassy grain notes with a little vanilla and heat. This is light and beautiful whisky, low heat and a little wood spice, truly old school cool.
  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    4/30/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    The John Milroy bottling of Glen Garioch is quite elegant and insanely complex. The different aromas and flavors just go on forever. Fresh fennel, candied orange peel and lemongrass jump from the glass while on the palate notes of candied lemon peel, mint and sugar cookie come through. A stunning single malt.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    4/27/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    I tasted this product with and with out water. With no water there is a nice malt undertone but savory notes are somewhat pronounced both in the nose and in the mouth. With the additions of a little water, this Glen Garioch opens up letting the malt flavors come up with the savory notes playing a supportive role.This selection is full of nuance and will be a pleasure to sit down with and think about.
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    3/29/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    This Scotch is impressively layered and held together with a touch of peat. Flavors of stone fruit, oranges, and caramel all balance each other out, yet individually shine. A "must-have" for drinkers of elegantly structured Scotches.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    3/21/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    The first nosing of this stupendous cask takes me right back to Old Meldrum and our first visit to Glen Garioch. Here we have that wonderful Garioch maltiness, that's almost unmistakable. It could easily be a helping of skirlie ir mealie (oats fried in butter) if it weren't for that deep gravelly malt note in the background. With a bit of air and a drop of water, the beautiful flinty character of Garioch shines through, almost on the level of the best trocken Rieslings. The nose is vibrant with waxy fruit, grapeseed oil, lemon peel and tiny hints of camphor. The palate is so open, yet wildly complex with the waxy fruit gaining hold culminating in a long finish of herbs and green tea. An absolute treat and a great value for a rare blue chip distillery.

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