Glen Garioch use virgin North American white oak casks for the entirety of the maturation for their Virgin Oak release. Using brand new barrels for whisky is becoming quite a trend, and the big, bold flavours that come from this release surely show why.Nose: Oat cereal with a sprinkle of brown sugar. Pine breeze and a vanilla hum.Palate: A big, chocolate burst, with chewy toffees and sugar coated sweeties. This is followed by the oak that you knew was coming, but it's surprisingly subtle. Spices and cloves too. Complex and tasty.Finish: Vanilla reappears to calm down the oak spices for a nice, long finish.