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Review: Focus on new Glenglassaugh releases (26, 30 and 40 year old)

January 14th, 2011

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

Glenglassaugh, 26 year old, 46%, $260

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

15 Responses to “Review: Focus on new Glenglassaugh releases (26, 30 and 40 year old)”

  1. Rob Borghmans says:

    Totally agree with you. I had the chance to taste the 26 and 40 and they are both splendid.
    The only disadvantage to this is the price ;-)

  2. Rick Duff says:

    I can’t afford these.. but found a great way to try them.. Royal Mile has 5cl minis that are basically these. Still not cheap.. but a more affordable way to enjoy them.
    I’m very excited about their new production. I have an Octave Cask.. and a few months ago got my 1 year sample.. wow.. it was spectacular. Their other new make products are really good too.. including their fledgling (1 year in a full bourbon barrel.)

  3. two-bit cowboy says:

    Available in the USA, John?

  4. Tadas says:

    John,
    I noticed, you state in the text that the first whisky is 40 years old, but in the picture I see that it says 41 years old on the bottle.

  5. lawschooldrunk says:

    Are these DBs?

  6. Louis says:

    Hi John,

    Some years ago, I had the privilege of sampling the Glenglassaugh Family Silver. It is one of the finest drams that I have ever tried. The 26 sounds like it is closest to the FS. At $260, I am going to have to win a lottery or get bailout money to afford it, but the Family Silve wasn’t cheap either, especially when adjusted for inflation. As the distillery has all of the records of past production runs, I have something (else) to look forward to in my old age when we get the next batch of older Glenglassaugh :)

    Slainte.

    Louis

  7. I tried the 40, 30 and 21 and I liked them all. The 40yo was sublime, I spent 40mins sipping 1cl, thats how much flavour and complexity I got out of that. I did prefer the 21yo to the 30yo, so it seems I agree with your ratings , not sure we had the same whiskiesthou (batches)

    Steffen

  8. MrTH says:

    I toured Glenglassaugh in 2009–a fascinating work in progress. Have very much enjoyed every one of the few Glenglassaughs I’ve tried, and wish there were more. Unfortunately the remaining stock is extremely limited. Here’s hoping the new stuff will measure up.

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