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Glenglassaugh Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Glassaugh Spring
Brown Forman
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Glenglassaugh Distillery
Construction of the Glenglassaugh distillery began in 1873 at the east end of Sandend Bay about two miles west of the village of Portsoy, Aberdeenshire. It was founded by the Glenglassaugh Distillery Company which was run by local businessman, Col. James Moir, the distillery first went into production in 1875.

James ran the distillery along with his two nephews, on James death the distillery was passed to his nephews who embarked on renovating the distillery to increase production in 1887.

However, following the unexpected death of one of the nephews in 1892, the distillery was sold to Robertson & Baxter who had been a long standing customer. Robertson & Baxter immediately sold the distillery to the Highland Distilleries Company (which is now part of the Edrington Group) for £15,000.

Due to the downturn in demand for whisky the distillery was closed in 1907, this began a time of intermittent periods of operation and lengthy closures but during these periods of closure some of the distillery buildings continued to be used although the distillation equipment remained silent. During the Second World War several buildings were used by the military and the old maltings was turned into a bakery.

Most of the distillery buildings that are in use today were constructed during a major reconstruction programme between 1957 and 1959 including the construction of a new production building housing the mashing, fermentation and distillation equipment, the warehousing and malt barns are the only surviving 19th century distillery buildings still standing today.

Glenglassaugh reopened in 1960, the plan was to produce a light, whisky with little character that could be used for blends in large quantities but after 10 years in production it was realised that Glenglassaugh whisky was a complex whisky full of character which had to be used more sparingly in blends.

They did attempt to change the character of the whisky over the years but without any success and due to the downturn in demand for whisky and the growing whisky lake already in storage as well as the fact that it was an expensive process to treat the hard water source from the Glassaugh Spring the distillery was deemed surplus to requirements and was closed once again in 1986 but the company continued to use the large warehouse on the site.

In February 2008, the Scaent Group, a Dutch based group of private investors and whisky enthusiasts, acquired the mothballed Glenglassaugh for £5 million, the newly formed Glenglassaugh Distillery Company Limited proceeded to bring the distillery back to life and put it back on the whisky map. By the end of 2008 Glenglassaugh was back in production.

Glenglassaugh Revival, the first whisky from the re-born distillery, was launched in 2012. Later that year, Glenglassaugh Evolution, matured in ex-Tennessee casks, followed this popular release.

In 2013, the BenRiach Distillery Company took over Glenglassaugh distillery, the first release under new ownership was the Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old followed by the 40 Year Old.

In 2016 the distillery was purchased by US company Brown Forman and the first whiskies under their ownership were released in October 2017, the Glenglassaugh Wood Finish range, a range of four whiskies and no doubt the first of things to come under Brown Forman.

Glenglassaugh Tasting Notes

Glenglassaugh Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood Finish.
William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Wonderful, treacle toffee, vanilla, ripe pear, rum and raisin fudge and creamy chocolate.

Taste: Lovely Demerara sugars and caramel accompanies the rum and raisin fudge delivery followed by gentle sweet oak spice, a touch of orange and some creamy chocolate.

Finish: A lovely long lingering finish, the sugars fade along with the delicious rum and raisin fudge leaving some mildly drying oak spice.

Comment: A cracking PX cask finished whisky, definitely one for the sherried whisky lovers. A lovely smooth sherried dram with delicious rum and raisin fudge, vanilla and oak spice. If you are like me and like to enjoy a new sherried dram over the Christmas holidays you wont be disappointed if you found a bottle of this in your stocking.

SMW Score 92/100

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Glenglassaugh Bottlings

Glenglassaugh offer you the following choice of single malts:
  • Glenglassaugh Port Wood Finish
  • Glenglassaugh Peated Port Wood Finish
  • Glenglassaugh Pedro Ximenéz Sherry Wood Finish
  • Glenglassaugh Peated Virgin Oak Wood Finish
  • Glenglassaugh Revival
  • Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old
  • Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old
  • Glenglassaugh Torfa
  • You will find a huge range of Glenglassaugh single malt including many very rare vintages and finishes both in original and independent bottlings available from top whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange & Master of Malt.

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