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Glenglassaugh Revival

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Glenglassaugh Revival

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Glenglassaugh Revival

As Glenglassaugh was revived in 2008 after a hiatus of 22 years, expectations were high. The products of the old distillery were pretty much a mixed bag and due to the lack of an official bottling and the low number of independent releases only known to the connoisseurs with a larger purse. People didn't know what to expect, most of the old equipment had been dismantled by the former owners up to the point that some made the argument that this distillery could be classified as a new one.

Due to monetary concerns didn't have to wait too long before trying the first creations as the company running the distillery back than even released some of the new made spirit. In 2012 they released their first spirit that could legally be called "whisky": The Glenglassaugh Revival.

Description: Matured in virgin oak bourbon & red wine casks, finished in sherry cask. A red golden colour (no colour added), bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: slightly sour and floral: notes of porridge & citrus with a touch of ginger and metallic fragrances reminiscent of copper (from the new stills?)

Mouth: a light body, young and nervous on the palate. It opens with a short-lived alcoholic attack on the tongue that turns slightly sour with some notes of cheap sherry, potato snaps and orange.

Finish: a long and lingering bitter finish featuring a bouquet of milk and vanilla, with spicy oak in the tail

The Verdict: A promise for more, or an attempt to make a quick buck before its prime? Safe to say that I didn’t like this young whisky at all. With a variety of wood finishes the Scaent group conjured up a whisky that drew the attention of the BenRiach group who took over just a year later. Thus far I fail to observe any redeemable qualities or elements that could blossom into something beautiful. But I will surely explore her older sisters in the near future.


Legs: Thinner than a 40% and quite slow

Nose: Straight from the new bottle, undiluted – Old dessert wine, toffee and vanilla in the background. With a little water more emerges – milk chocolate, orange, dried apricot.

Palate: A really delicious whisky! Undiluted remains quite closed, warm on the tongue with sherried sweetness. With water – The same wonderful old wine from the nose leads into toffee & citrus fruits. After a week and some air there is still the sweet dessert wine arrival, leading into a peppery cinnamon spiciness. The youth of this malt now makes itself apparent.

Finish: Warming, sweet sherry, citrus fruits and surprisingly long for so young a whisky. After a week and some air, the finish is spicy, sweet and quite fiery with a touch of smoke right at the end.

Comment: This is whisky that, straight out of the bottle is trying to pass itself off as an older more experienced malt but with some time and air it’s youth starts to show through. Having said that, this is one of the loveliest young malts I have ever tasted.

I will be keeping a close eye on this distillery. This little gem has me excited to see what more time in the cask will produce.


Nose: Very fruity and almost new make-ish. Pear drops. Malty and sweet with some vanilla and sweet dough a minute before it’s inserted into the oven. Very nice.

Palate: Cinnamon dough with nutmeg to balance it. Then getting fruitier with a hint if dried fruit. Buttery wood. less fruity than the nose. Feels older than it’s three years on the palate, while the nose does feel youngish.

Finish : Medium, with fruit and toffee.

All on all a very nice dram, young on the nose but feels so much older on the palate. Very drinkable and fresh. Great promise, and I’m sure it will be a stunner when it’s 5 or 8 years of age. Good stuff.

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