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Glenglassaugh Sandend Review

4th July 2023
Review of the new Glenglassaugh Sandend which was matured in a combination of bourbon, sherry and manzanilla casks.

Glenglassaugh Sandend15 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 Sandend in one of the trio of new single malts which now makes up the Glenglassaugh new look whisky range.

Glenglassaugh Sandend takes its name from Sandend Bay where the distillery sits at the east end of
. Glenglassaugh Sandend is matured in a combination of bourbon, sherry and manzanilla casks and it has been bottled at what should be a flavoursome strength of 50.5% ABV.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: An enticing nose of sweet vanilla fudge, a touch of coconut and a fruity mix of apple, fresh pear and a hint of pineapple.

Taste: Vanilla fudge with a wee bit of a salted edge leads closely followed by a delicious barley sugared pineapple sweetness, the touch of coconut from the nose is still there also and a lovely touch of late oak spice.

Finish: A longish length finish, the vanilla, pineapple, barley sugars and coconut tussle it out before bowing out to leave the now slightly spicy and mildly drying oak to have the final word.

Comment: I would say the bourbon cask in the mix here is the predominant contributor, and it has worked very well indeed, the delicious vanilla fudge, pineapple, barley sugars and oak grow with each mouthful, simply a delicious dram and an ideal whisky if you are looking for something new to pour over the summer months and the flavoursome bottling strength of 50.5% simply adds to the pleasure

SMW Whisky Score 91/100

Glenglassaugh Sandend has a RRP of 55 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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