The Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch Virgin Oak malts were solely matured in virgin North American oak casks – wood that is previously untouched by any spirit.
In Auchentoshan’s case, the distillery team put small batches of the triple-distilled spirit in virgin North American oak in a bid to “challenge the firmly entrenched belief” that Scotch whisky must be matured in ex-bourbon or sherry casks. The resulting Auchentoshan Virgin Oak whisky is said to have spiced apple and candied notes, and layers of complexity.
“The result is a lowland whisky that is subtle as well as complex in nature,” said Auchentoshan brand manager Gordon Dundas.
Meanwhile, Glen Garioch Virgin Oak is described as a single malt that’s “packed with spiciness and vanilla”. Just 120 cases of the 46% ABV limited edition single malt have been released in the UK.
Rachel Barrie, master blender for Morrison Bowmore Distillers, said Glen Garioch Virgin Oak is a malt for “real aficionados”.
“The final result is a fusion of vanilla, caramelised wood sugars and oak spices – a match made in heaven and a stand out for malt enthusiasts,” she said.
Image – The 46% ABV Glen Garioch Virgin Oak.