Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon first fill
Added coloring: No
Owner: Brown-Forman Corporation (Benriach)
Average price: € 56.00
Official website: www.glenglassaugh.com
We talked about Glenglassaugh in the article on Torfa, the peaty version of their core range.
Today I find in my glass another of the distillery’s three basic expressions (all NAS), a whisky aged for an unspecified amount of time in former first-fill Bourbon casks from the George Dickel distillery in Tennessee.
Glenglassaugh is a distillery that doesn’t get a lot of attention, in fact I’ve often found rather disparaging comments about their products, dismissed as irrelevant.
They certainly don’t create cool bottlings, but (at least so far) they seem to me at least honest and enjoyable, which is more than can be said for the more famous bottles. In particular, some time ago I tried a Peated Port Wood Finish that impressed me a lot but which, alas, I haven’t found again.
The colour is straw yellow.
The aroma emanating from the glass is of unripe banana, a hint of lemon, custard, nutmeg. Slight hint of wood in the background. Sweet but not too much, quite linear.
In the mouth it’s very creamy and caressing, a creamy fruit cake: prickly pears, yellow grapes (almost vinous), peach, vanilla. A spicy touch brightens the tasting, with the alcoholic thrust adding colour. Wood.
The finish is medium-long, of spicy wood, grape and vanilla.
A curious dram, not particularly complex but with unusual aromas, pleasantly original and anything but boring.
For those not looking for strong emotions but not banal either.
The Whiskey Reviewer