Review: Focus on new Glenglassaugh releases (26, 30 and 40 year old)
This distillery was closed from 1986 until 2008, when new owners purchased the distillery and restarted it. These whiskies were distilled by the previous owner.
Glenglassaugh, 40 year old, 44.6%, $2,525
An excellent example of an ultra-mature, sherried whisky done the right way. Much darker and more decadent than the other two releases here. Silky texture. Rummy, jammy fruit, toasted walnut, leather, spice (cinnamon, clove), tobacco, and dark chocolate, with a foundation of juicy oak. Tasting this whisky, you know it’s old, but you also know it’s very good.
Advanced Malt Advocate rating: 95
A polished whisky, light-medium in body with well-rounded flavors. Fruity (ripe orange, lemon gumdrops, candy apple), with creamy vanilla and a honeyed, toasted malt foundation. Soft, gentle oak throughout. What a lovely, gentle-natured whisky, straight down the middle! Bonus points for versatility.
Advanced Malt Advocate rating: 90
Glenglassaugh, 30 year old, 43%, $694
An intriguing whisky. Blueberry cobbler, crushed grape, maple syrup, nougat, and spice (cinnamon, nutmeg). The oak is polished and unimposing. Liqueur-ish. A nice contrast to its younger sibling, and it’s more polarizing because of its distinctiveness.
Advanced Malt Advocate rating: 86