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The innovation of selling new make was enhanced by Glenglassaugh when they changed their 500ml Spirit Drinks () to 200ml spirit drinks and added two more varieties. They now offer Clearac (new make), Blushes (matured 6 months in wine casks), Fledgling XB (matured 12 monhts in bourbon barrels) and Peated (peated new make). I’m tasting the last one.
This new make, simply called Peated, was kilned over a peatfire until the phenolic level reached 30ppm. If you know that Islay whisky Bunnahabhain has only 5ppm and Laphroaig has 40ppm, then you realise that this is quite a peat beast. That becomes abundantly clear when you pour a dram… Wow! But put the glass aside for a couple of minutes and the peat moves over to allow pineapple, pears, limes and a stable scent to come through. The smoke is very gentle.
On the palate, this one is wonderfully creamy and round. The smoke, almost soot, is now back in full force, surrounded by sweet tastes. Yes, this is very good indeed! Quite a pleasant surprise.
The finish is a long continuation of the sweet smokiness.
I have tried three of Glenglassaugh’s Spirit Drinks and found none of them to be exceptionally good, but this one does put the others to shame. And I’m not even a peathead!