Having sat silent for over twenty years, Glenglassaugh Distillery in the far north-east of Scotland began distilling again in December 2008. After 30-months maturing in refill ex-bourbon barrels and a final 6-months maturing in fresh oloroso sherry butts the first single malt Scotch whisky under the new ownership from this famous old distillery, established in 1875, is ready for your appreciation.
The Whisky Barrel Blog team have kept a keen eye on Glenglassaugh Distillery. It's one of our very favourite Highland malts so we are delighted to report that this three year old core release aptly named Glenglassaugh Revival has been worth the wait, indeed we reckon it's the tastiest young Scotch on the market today.
Don't hang around, there are only cira 10,000 bottles worldwide with many being snapped up by eager collectors.
We recommend a teaspoon of water to really open this one up.
Nose: Most inviting! Banoffee pie, lots of toffee, very sweet, ash, sherry, orange peel, lemon zest, dried fruits, slightly spirity, buttery, liquorice and overall very clean. A feast of aromas, there is just so much going on! superb!
Palate: Starts very clean and warming, becoming very oily with lots of dried fruits, vanillas, citrus, leather boots, and burnt oak. The finish becomes dry with some ash and buckets of butterscotch and long lasting pineapple ending.
You can buy Glenglassaugh Revival 46% from The Whisky Barrel priced £36.99 (£30.82 ex VAT).
Having been mothballed since 1986, maturing stocks are something of a premium, notwithstanding, under the new ownership Glenglassaugh Distillery has treated us to some very well aged single malts since 2008. Let's have a look at two core releases, the 26 & 36 year old's.
Glenglassaugh 26 Year Old 1983 Vintage 46%
Nose: Very crisp, barley, banana, brown sugar, citrus and sweet spicy pear.
Palate: Sweet oatmeal, floral, barley sugars and slightly bitter with a soft oily pinch of sea salt. The warming finish is sweet with some background oak and leather.
Buy Glenglassaugh 26 Year Old from TheWhiskyBarrel priced £159.99 (£133.32 ex VAT).
Glenglassaugh 36 Year Old 43%
Nose: Sweet dried fruits - big on the raisins and orange peel. Cappuccino with demerara sugar and a side of ripe green pear.
Palate: Explosion of dried fruits and warming spices, quite hot and peppery with a faint salty note leading to Dundee marmalade and slices of Battenberg cake. The finish is long and balanced with stem ginger, pepper, molasses and pear drops. A fine dram indeed.
Order Glenglassaugh 36 Year Old from TheWhiskyBarrel priced £397.99 (£331.66 ex VAT).
The Manager's Legacy released 2010-11 is a series of four bottlings to celebrate the achievements of Glenglassaugh Distillery manager's during the previous working period 1964-86. Each single cask expression bears the distillery manager's name.
Glenglassaugh 42 Year Old Bert Forsyth 1968 Vintage £419.99 (£349.99 ex VAT).
Glenglassaugh 43 Year Old Bert Forsyth 1967 Vintage £429.99 (£358.52 ex VAT).
The Chosen Few series first released in 2011 is a range of single casks each selected by the current members of the distillery team at Glenglassaugh.
Glenglassaugh 35 Year Old Ronnie Routledge 1976 Vintage £294.99 (£245.82 ex VAT).
The first new spirit ran off the stills on the 4th of December 2008 and the first cask was filled the 16th December. That first cask was a refill butt and was set to rest for precisely 2 years before being split into two casks: a first-fill ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry hogshead and a first-fill ex-Palo Cortado sherry hogshead. These matured for a further 9 months until being reunited in their original sherry butt and left to marry for 3 months. Emptied and bottled on the 16th December 2011 the first historic whisky from the first cask filled at the re-furbished Glenglassaugh at the precise age of 3 years yielding 650 bottles.
Order Glenglassaugh First Cask 2008 Vintage £129.99 (£108.32 ex VAT) from The Whisky Barrel.