Whisky Focus - Glenglassaugh 55 Year Old Breaks Auction Record In Aid Of Charity

Glenglassaugh 55 Year Old Breaks Auction Record For Charity

6th October 2023
Oldest Glenglassaugh whisky breaks auction record in aid of The Distillers' Charity.

Glenglassaugh Coalescence of the Coast 55 Year Old, the oldest Glenglassaugh whisky ever released by the Highland distillery, which was meticulously curated by Master Blender Rachel Barrie, recently achieved a remarkable feat by fetching a record-breaking £37,500 for a Glenglassaugh whisky in the prestigious Distillers One of One Auction in aid of charity. This remarkable achievement marks the highest price ever attained for a bottle of Glenglassaugh in an auction.

This extraordinary expression was exclusively crafted for the auction, with the noble cause of raising essential funds to support underprivileged youth in Scotland. It is the result of blending three distinct casks of Glenglassaugh, each filled in the years 1963, 1965, and 1967. The fusion of these exceptionally rare casks beautifully encapsulates the unparalleled character of Glenglassaugh after undergoing decades of maturation along the coastal shores.

Encased within a meticulously crafted crystal decanter specially designed for this occasion, the precious liquid finds its home in a bespoke wooden box that draws inspiration from Glenglassaugh's coastal surroundings. The design of the box mirrors the undulating patterns of Sandend Bay's shore and features natural serpentine marble sourced from Portsoy, the distillery's neighbouring harbour town. In addition to this extraordinary bottle, the fortunate buyer will also receive three miniature samples, each originating from one of the three casks used in the blending process.

Rachel Barrie, Master Blender at Glenglassaugh Distillery, said: "The elixir within this bespoke bottle of Glenglassaugh is a precise composition which captures Glenglassaugh at its quintessential peak, with seductive cassis, sublime mandarin peel and soft aromatic sherry in a caress of silken oak. One sip awakens the senses with mesmerising waves of luscious black cherry, ripe mango and tropical flora carried on an endless ocean breeze. To taste Glenglassaugh Single Malt is to experience the evocative coastal influence of Sandend Bay.

"Now is such an exciting time for Glenglassaugh. We’re still riding the wave of the new portfolio launch and we have so much to look forward to with some exquisite new releases of old and rare whisky which date back to the 60s and 70s still to come. Watch this space."

The Distillers' Charity, in collaboration with Sotheby's, hosted its second biennial One of One Auction at the magnificent Hopetoun House near Edinburgh yesterday, Thursday, October 5th. This remarkable event achieved an impressive total of £2.25 million (approximately $2.7 million), surpassing the initial pre-sale estimate by twofold. The auction garnered hammer proceeds of £1.8 million, featuring 39 unique lots of whiskies and exclusive experiences generously contributed by distilleries from all corners of Scotland.

The primary beneficiary of this exceptional fundraising effort is The Distillers' Charity's Youth Action Fund, a noble initiative dedicated to positively transforming the lives of young individuals in Scotland.

If you were not the successful bidder for the unique Glenglassaugh 55 Year Old dram not to worry their is a tasting note below to see what you missed and you can still choose something the the current Glenglassaugh whisky range which you will find available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Glenglassaugh Coalescence of the Coast 55 Year Old Review

Bottled at 40.8% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Seductively sublime notes of cassis, morello cherry and mandarin peel coalesce with mesmerising waves of caramelised fig, aromatic sherry and tropical flora.

Taste: Luscious waves of ripe black cherry and amaretto meld into an elixir of mango and guava, seducing the palate with silken oak on an endless ocean breeze.

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