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New Glenglassaugh Wood Finish Range


16th November 2017
Glenglassaugh launch new Wood Finish whisky range.

The new Glenglassaugh Wood Finish range features a Port Wood finish, a Peated Port Wood Finish, a Pedro Ximinez Sherry Wood Finish and a Peated Virgin Oak Wood Finish.

The Glenglassaugh distillery has seen some intermittent periods of production over the years since it was established back in 1875 and even as recently as 1986 when the distillery was mothballed during a downturn in demand for whisky it was thought to be unlikely that we would see any more whisky produced at the highland distillery. Luckily for us a group of private investors and whisky enthusiasts thought otherwise, they acquired the mothballed Glenglassaugh and brought it back to life and put it back on the whisky map. By the end of 2008 Glenglassaugh was back in production.

In 2013, the BenRiach Distillery Company took over Glenglassaugh distillery, then in 2016 the distillery was purchased by US company Brown Forman. After taking charge of the BenRiach Distillery Company's Glenglassaugh, GlenDronach and BenRiach distilleries Brown Forman recruited Whisky Maker, Rachel Barrie, who you may know from her time at Glenmorangie, Ardbeg and Bowmore to name just a few.

It appears that Rachel has now had time to assess the maturing Glenglassaugh stock and to create a new range of whiskies which will be able to be sustained by the available stock. The new Glenglassaugh Wood Finish range features a Port Wood finish, a Peated Port Wood Finish, a Pedro Ximinez Sherry Wood Finish and a Peated Virgin Oak Wood Finish. Each of the new whiskies were initially matured in first-fill American oak casks and then finished for up to two years in their chosen cask.

The Glenglassaugh Wood Finish range represents a new chapter for the highland distillery and they are Rachel's and Brown Forman's first new expressions since taking the reigns at Glenglassaugh.

Glenglassaugh Whisky Maker Rachel Barrie commented on the new releases, saying: "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."

You can read my review of the four new Glenglassaugh Wood Finish whiskies via the links below:

You will find all four of the Glenglassaugh Wood Finish whiskies available from specialist whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

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