Nestled along the coast of northern Scotland in Sandend Bay, this once dormant distillery has been revived and with it the discovery of a rare collection of vintage casks. This latest collection marks Batch 3 in Glenglassaugh’s rare cask releases, each cask distilled between 1965 and 1986 providing a rare glimpse into the history of Glenglassaugh. This step back in time follows the release of Glenglassaugh’s new and intriguing Wood Finish range, which showcases fresh developments at the distillery since its 2008 revival.
Glenglassaugh Whisky Maker Rachel Barrie said:
“The release of Glenglassaugh’s first ever Wood Finish range marks a new chapter for this elemental distillery. As surf crashes on Sandend Bay and invigorating North Sea air passes through our warehouses, Glenglassaugh matures first in American ex bourbon casks, before changing course in either Virgin Oak, Pedro Ximenez or Port wood, on a voyage shaped by the sea.”
“From the sweet earthiness of our peated spirit enlivened by American Virgin Oak, to luscious full-bodied sweetness intensified in casks of Pedro Ximenez; from the tempestuous waves of fruit and smoke bottled as Peated Port Wood, to the sublime elemental fruit and freshness of Glenglassaugh Port Wood. I look forward to sharing this multi-dimensional voyage along our elemental coast.”
Included in Batch 3 are 8 expressions:
1965 Cask #3510 / Hogshead / 50 Years Old /40.1%
Colour: Rich amber.
Nose: Boiled sweets, gentle floral oak, distant notes of tropical fruits and crisp cereal.
Palate: Caramelised autumn fruits, hints of peach and mellow citrus notes. A gentle oak balance with a fresh barley background.
1967 Cask #1114-1 / Hogshead / 49 Years Old / 42.7$
Colour: Dark crimson oak.
Nose: Sour plums, rich blackcurrant, mellow coffee and dark chocolate.
Palate: Red berry compote, crisp cranberry, hints of leather and plum skin through stewed barley.
1968 Cask #2230 / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 47 Years Old / 46.1%
Colour: Golden amber.
Nose: Gentle notes of dates and blackcurrants, dark chocolate fondant and fresh black peppercorns.
Palate: Sun dried raisins and golden sultanas, a dusting of cocoa, hints of walnut loaf and delicate oak.
1972 Cask #1721 / Massandra Sherry / 44 Years Old / 42.4%
Colour: Dark amber.
Nose: Rich prunes and ripe figs, brittle toffee, white pepper and mixed peel.
Palate: Dark Mediterranean fruits, gentle vanilla pod, a dusting of nutmeg, dark chocolate and caramelised orange.
1973 Cask #5638 / Bourbon Barrel / 42 Years Old / 40.6%
Colour: Antique gold.
Nose: Roasted orchard fruits, rich vanilla pods, gentle cinnamon and stem ginger.
Palate: Poached yellow pears, mellow five spice, hints of hazelnut and a dry cedar box background.
1975 Cask #1277-1 / Sauternes Hogshead / 41 Years Old / 50.5%
Colour: Rich gold.
Nose: Hints of wild honey, white pepper spice, yellow pear, apricot preserve and barley sugars.
Palate: Caramelised orchard fruits, warm oak, cinnamon spice, grape skin and rich sweet barley.
1978 Cask #2343 / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 38 Years Old / 42.5%
Colour: Rich polished red wood.
Nose: Gentle cedar wood, honeycomb, red summer fruits and a hint of rich marmalade.
Palate: Fresh red grape, ripe gooseberry, a dusting of muscovado sugar and delicate orange blossom.
1986 Cask #1393 / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 30 Years Old /42.6%
Colour: Golden mahogany.
Nose: Dark chocolate, red grape, blackcurrants, black pepper and a floral oak spice.
Palate: Fresh plum syrup, heather honey, gentle chocolate notes, candied ginger and soft barley sugar.