The Chosen Few
A first bottling of a new exclusive series of single cask bottling from Glenglassaugh Distillery titled “The Chosen Few” is now available.
Each bottling in this series is limited edition, from a single cask of Glenglassaugh and has been chosen by a different member of the team at the distillery. Each of the ten members of the team has made their choice and over the next 3 years the selected casks will be bottled and made available for sale. The selected casks include some from the very old stock of pre 1986 while others have not yet reached the age at which we can call them whisky but they will soon.
The first cask in the series is a 1976 sherry butt, chosen by Ronnie Routledge who is well known in the industry and beyond having previously worked with both Single Malts Direct and Gordon and Macphail. Ronnie is our customer accounts manager and is regularly active on “Friends of Glenglassaugh” on Facebook.
The whisky is a great example of a 35 year old cask which has loads of sherry, but not overpoweringly so, to complement the expected fruit medley notes and array of spices at the end, which is typical Glenglassaugh.
There are 654 bottles of the whisky, which is bottled in a 700ml tall round bottle and comes in a gold coloured round tube, in a similar livery to The Managers’ Legacy range. The whisky will retail in the UK at £300.00 per bottle. (Unfortunately due to bottling all of the cask in 700ml bottles it will not be available in USA or South Africa)
As usual it is bottled on site, at cask strength, with no chill filtration and with no colour added.
More Exclusive Releases
We have been working hard with a number of our distributors around the world and so will soon be able to announce exclusive releases of more single cask bottling in a number of markets. This follows the great success of an exclusive bottling for our German distributor Caminneci Wine and Spirit Partner which sold out extremely quickly.
I can reveal that we have agreed exclusive releases with importers in 4 different continents so if you are wanting to find one then you will have good chance that one will be coming to a country, relatively, near to you.
As the bottles are despatched to market I will let you know more about each bottling.
This activity has meant that we have been much busier in our small bottling operations recently and although it won’t help for this year, we are looking to move the bottling into a larger area on site and have a bottling and packaging area which is larger and better laid out and easier to work in.
At the end of August we will receive delivery of our first batch of sherry octaves, direct from Spain. This will be another first in the industry as no-one else has matured spirit for full maturation in an ex-first fill sherry 50 litre cask. Many of you have taken the opportunity to order one of these casks and be one of the first people to own one and such has been the demand that we have pre-sold all of the first delivery.
However the good news is that we have a second batch due later this year and we are starting to take orders for this second delivery now.
Rather embarrassingly we have found that demand for our octaves to be filled with peated spirit has been greater than we xpected and we have no
peated spirit left. However we will be back in production shortly and as we are starting with peated malt then we will catch-up with the outstanding orders.
The growing demand for our peated spirit and the number of compliments that we receive about the quality has meant that we have decided to increase the volume of production of this type of new spirit again in 2011, which was already larger than 2010.
Well the windows, which we have been waiting on for a long time, have finally arrived. Ronnie Lawrence has been working hard on installing them and they have really transformed the place, although there is still a lot of work to be done.
The next stage will be installing the electrics, then loft insulation, then the flooring before moving on to the fittings and decoration.
We aiming to have it completed by the end of this year but with the above workload then Ronnie may a hand at times
Glenglassaugh in the press
We have recently made more appearances in the press, firstly our recently released 45 year old single cask single malt Scotch whisky winning the summer Merchants Challenge in Scottish Field magazine. Ronnie Routledge was previously a judge for this magazine, although he is now barred as he works for a whisky company, and assures me that the competition is both fiercely competitive and tough with a high number of excellent whiskies.
Shortly after that I was interviewed as part of a article in SMWS magazine which elicited opinions on what a few people from the industry would do if there was no legislation on how Scotch whisky is manufactured. I voiced my opinion that more innovation should be allowed, particularly around in maturation and discovered that I had been described as “The Maturation Maverick”, must admit I kind of liked the title.
Finally the result of an interview with a business journalist in Edinburgh was a 2 page feature spread which appeared in the Scottish Daily Record business section and also in the Scottish Business Insider on-line magazine. http://www.business7.co.uk/features/business-profiles/2011/07/29/stuart-nickerson-profile-growth-has-been-double-digit-since-we-relaunced-106408-23305143/
Once again please feel free to comment below or send me an email or comment on “Friends of Glenglassaugh” on Facebook.