Highland Region – 50%ABV – 750ml (or 700ml outside of the US) – $260 | £150 | €180
After a few days of tasting “spirit drinks”, it’s nice to get onto some actual whisky. Don’t get me wrong, I very much enjoyed the past three spirits I tasted but, to me, whisky is where it’s at.
Older Glenglassaugh whiskies are, well, old of course, but also very rare and therefore very expensive. What we have here today, however, is a fairly old Glenglassaugh at a price that’s… not too bad (given the age and rarity of it). Believe me, I understand $260 | £150 | €180 is A LOT of money for many people (myself included).
Let’s put the money out of our minds for a second and perhaps focus on the whisky itself. As opposed to their 40yr (that review is forthcoming) and their 30yr expression, this whisky is NOT cask strength. However, it’s still bottled at the fairly strong ABV of 46%. Still acceptable, if you ask me (if it were 40%, I may have shuttered a bit but hey, that’s me).
This 26yr old whisky was distilled only 2 years before Glenglassaugh was mothballed back in 1986. For more history on Glenglassaugh and it’s grand reopening back in 2008, you’ll find links at the bottom of this post to an interview I did with the distillery’s Managing Director, Stuart Nickerson.
Without any further ado, my review:
Oaky new humidor scent.
The more I nose it, the more prickly on the nose hairs it becomes.
More oak but, not over oaked – extremely inviting.
Smoke deep in the background? Could it be?
On the mouth – Oak and butterscotch.
Such an wonderful balance, very well integrated.
The mouth feel is pleasant. Not big and chewy like I prefer but nowhere near like holding water in the mouth.
Finish – Short and nutty with that brown paper bag note I detected in the nose emerging from the palate’s belfry.
In sum – Another celebratory whisky from Glenglassaugh. Perfect for when the air starts to cool as summer rolls into autumn. The bottle is both sexy and regal (and can be reused as a decanter).
For Jason of Guid Scotch Drink’s notes, click here.
I recently had the honor and good opportunity to interview Stuart Nickerson (Managing Director of the newly re-opened Glenglassaugh distillery). If you’ve not yet had a chance to read it, you may want to do so right now. Part 1 & Part 2