Glen Garioch

Location and contact details

Location" Location: Glen Garioch Distillery, Distillery Road, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0ES
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Telephone" Telephone: +44 (0) 1651 873 450
Email" Email: visitor.centre[at]
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Twitter" Twitter: Glen Garioch (@GlenGarioch)

Facts and figures

LocationGlen Garioch Distillery, Distillery Road, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0ES
OwnerBeam Suntory
Water SourceThe Silent Spring of Coutens Farm
Stills2 wash stills (20,000 and 10,000 litres
2 spirit stills (11,000 litres)

Opening Hours

Open Monday to Saturday throughout the year (1000 to 1630), and on Sundays between July to September (1200 to 1630); check for details of opening hours and tour times.


Founders Tour £7.50

Experience the magical, unique distillery and warehouse. Your tour includes a taste of our award-winning Highland Single Malt Whisky. Tours take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm Monday to Saturday but can also be arranged outside these time in advance. From July to September tours also run at 1pm and 3pm on a .

Wee Tasting Tour £15

A more in-depth experience, including a visit to our warehouse viewing gallery. Following the tour, you will have the opportunity to taste two different expressions of Glen Garioch Highland Single Malt Whisky and experience the exclusive distillery individual cask bottling.

VIP Tour £40

This in-depth tour includes visiting some normally unseen parts of the distillery, a visit to our warehouse viewing gallery, a taste of our exclusive individual cask bottling and a tasting of our award-winning Highland Single Malt Whisky in the delightful surroundings of our Bothy tasting room.


Glen Garioch distillery (pronounced "Geery" in the Doric dialect of Aberdeen), is one of the oldest whisky distilleries in Scotland, dating back to 1797.

The location chosen by John & Alexander Manson for their malt whisky distillery in 1797 was 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.

The distillery, which originally incorporated a brewery and tannery, stands on the very edge of the town Oldmeldrum in Aberdeenshire. The Garioch — pronounced 'Geery' — is a tract of richly fertile land, some 150 square miles (390 km2) in extent. The location is known as ‘the granary of Aberdeenshire’, where barley and crystal springs have been abundant for over a thousand years, so it is not surprising that Glen Garioch Distillery was established as early as 1794 — one of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland.

In 1968 the production of Glen Garioch was suspended on account of 'chronic water shortages', however in 1972 a manager was appointed with a brief to find another water source. A spring was discovered on a neighbouring 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 1990 Vintage and the Glen Garioch 1978 Vintage which will join the 1797 Founders Reserve.

It is operated by Morrison Bowmore Distillers, which is owned by the Japanese company Suntory.

Information correct as of 22/05/2016
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Auchentoshan Distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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