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Glenglassaugh Portsoy Review

4th July 2023
Review of the new Glenglassaugh Portsoy, a peaty dram matured in combination of sherry, bourbon and port casks.

15 years on since Glenglassaugh Distillery was awakened from its slumber the iconic coastal Highland whisky is experiencing a rebirth with the unveiling of a new portfolio which recently launched with three new single malt whiskies and a new design direction. Glenglassaugh Portsoy in one of the trio of new single malts which now makes up the Glenglassaugh new look whisky range.

Glenglassaugh Portsoy takes its name the
neighbouring harbour village of Portsoy, Aberdeenshire which is just two miles from the distillery, as well as its name it also takes its inspiration from the villages coastal location as this is a richly peated dram offering whisky drinkers a deep maritime flavour. The peated spirit of Portsoy was matured in a combination of sherry, bourbon and port casks and it was bottled at the flavoursome strength of 49.1% ABV..

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Gentle sweet peat infused vanilla toffee with the slightest touch of a liquorice edge which is all rounded by a touch of sultana fruit perhaps from the sherry casks in the mix.

Taste: Light golden syrup treacle toffee with a wee bit of a honeyed edge the toffee is infused with the most delicious sweet peat smoke, some lovely gentle peppered spice as well as a gentle fruit mix of port soaked raisin and orange. Some late coffee.

Finish: A fusion of sweet peat smoke, honey, vanilla and treacle toffee is equally matched by the gentle fruit mix of port soaked raisin and orange before fading to let the now slightly drying oak and spice have the final say.

Comment: A delicious balance of treacle toffee, fruit, peat, oak and a light touch of honey, the bottling strength simply adds to and prolongs the whole flavour pleasure. By no means a peat monster, if you fancy a gentler peaty dram to sip over the warmer summer months then I can recommend this. Loved it!

SMW Whisky Score 93/100

Glenglassaugh Portsoy has a RRP of 60 and will be available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop, Master of Malt and Hard To Find Whisky

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