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That GLEN GARIOCH tasting pt.1 - Friday 29th July

Time to celebrate one of my favourite distilleries, Glen Garioch. Hailing from Old Meldrum in the East Highland Region, I particularly enjoy its previously lightly peated style. I have so many great bottles to share with you, that rather than a 22 dram tasting, here are the first 11!!


Glen Garioch 10 - Eighties Bottling!!

1988 Glen Garioch 19 SMWS 19.43 - A wee cracker!!

1989 Glen Garioch 23 Jack Weiber's Passenger Liners Series - Rare & interesting.

1991 Glen Garioch 23 Sansibar - Yum!!

1989 Glen Garioch 25 The Whisky Agency

1991 Glen Garioch 27 Càrn Mòr

1990 Glen Garioch 30 Càrn Mòr

1986 Glen Garioch 35 Douglas Laing

1978 Glen Garioch 33 for Milroy's

1978 Glen Garioch 40 Hand Filled

Glen Garioch 1971 for ODDBINS

...All of these are solid, some are stellar (and this is only part 1!!)

The Details

The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm GMT on Friday 29th July (If you can’t make that time, a recording will be available afterwards).

The tasting is informative, yet informal, with everyone able to join in, and share their whisky enthusiasm rather than their ego’s!!

The 15ml drams will be mailed to you, 1st class signed for (in a padded box) at least a week before the tasting. International shipping is available upon request. You will also receive some tasting notes, the running order, and the Zoom link in the days before the event.

There are two prices for this event. Either pay £148 and get 10 drams apart from the 1971 Glen Garioch, or, pay £190 for them all!!

Please pay: including your name, address, & GARIOCH in the notes (Please use friends and family if possible).

You can also pay by bank transfer, please contact me for the details.

If this is your first East Coast Whisky tasting, please also email your name, address, & contact telephone number to

I've been looking forward to this one for quite a while, and just wanted to make sure I had the right bottles for you. I can't wait to share this great whisky with you. Places are limited so please book early.



East Coast Whisky Clan Founder & Chief!!!

PS For more whisky, fun and pre-sales, why not join the East Coast Whisky Clan on WhatsApp, please email me if you would like to.

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