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Glenglassaugh Peated Spirit Drink

Creamy Soot

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

29th Oct 2010


Glenglassaugh Peated Spirit Drink
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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!

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OJK commented

Great review! Just tried this at the Whisky Show, thought it was exceptional. Paradoxically it had a lot of the characteristics of a very old islay malt, very silky and soft peat. Am looking forward to tasting this stuff in 10 years time!

13 years ago 0

Wills commented

Great! If they started distilling in 2008 or 2009, we only need to wait 5 more years to get some really interesting drams I guess. Before that I am really eager to buy a release from 1986, the year Glenglassaugh was closed. I was born in that year, would be a nice gift to myself for a special occasion... let me think about this :D And I see your reviews for the older bottles @markjedi1 and @galg. Thx for that

11 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

Pleasure, sir!

11 years ago 0