Glenglassaugh has exclusively purchased a small quantity of casks from the Massandra winery in the Crimea, casks which had previously been used for maturing the very best wines from Massandra. Massandra is the oldest winery in the Crimea, having been built between 1894 and 1897, near Yalta, Crimea. Due to its location, the winery benefits from a subtropical climate and the protective shield of mountain chains, conditions which are perfect for the production of high quality fortified and dessert wines.
Some of our whisky has enjoyed a period of additional maturation, or finishing, in the various different casks from Massandra, with these wine casks dramatically evolving the flavour and style of the maturing whisky. These whiskies will be released on a limited basis as the exclusive Glenglassaugh ‘Massandra Connection’ series.
Glenglassaugh Massandra Connection 1973 41YO Sherry Finish
Colour: Warm harvest gold.
Nose: Dried pineapple, banana and golden sultanas warmed by hints of stem ginger and white pepper spice. Candied peel notes soften to a unique sweet oak character.
Palate: A fresh crisp lime zest flows over green apple and pear. Hints of tantalising ripe tropical fruits emerge in the mid palate and combine with delicate cigar box spices and a gentle oiliness, bringing great depth to the long exclusive vintage.
Finish: A fantastic vibrant expression for a malt of this vintage, giving a diverse combination of classic fruit and spiced flavours.
Glenglassaugh Massandra Connection 1978 35YO Madeira Finish
Colour: Antique dark oak.
Nose: Rounded, creamy notes of cantaloupe melon open to beautiful depths of gentle sweet oak. Waves of a subtle sea air, coastal note balance the rich ripe fruit character.
Palate: A fantastic contrast of luscious ripe melon and sharp sour plums softens to boiled sweets and dried apricots with the smallest hint of ripped mint in the background. A gentle dry oak note sweetens to a dusting of icing sugar on the palate, giving yet another dimension to the ever-changing palate.
Finish: Layer upon layer of subtle fruit characters come together with delicate aged oak to give a delicious range of flavours in the unique Glenglassaugh style.