Glasgow 1770 Distillery Lowland Region Scotland Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Glasgow 1770 The Original

Review of the first whisky from the Glasgow distillery.

Origin: Lowlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 46%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon first fill and virgin
Chillfiltered: No
Added colorouing: No
Owner: Glasgow Distillery Company
Average price: € 60.00
Official website: www.glasgowdistillery.com 
Vote: 85/100

The first distillery to bring whisky production back to Glasgow in 2014, Glasgow 1770 (as the name suggests) carries on the tradition of the Glasgow Distillery Company established in Dundashill in 1770, which remained active until the early years of the last century.
The city hadn’t had its own distillery for over a hundred years, and it was thanks to the will of Liam Hughes, Mike Hayward and Ian McDougall that the brand was revamped in 2012, leading to the first production of the distillate in 2015.
The copper pot stills all have names: Annie, Mhairi and Tara dedicated to family members of the three founders, and Margaret and Frances dedicated to two Scottish artists.

Three are the distillery’s basic bottlings, this one The Original, Peated and the Triple Distilled, flanked by a blended, Malt Riot, plus several special editions.
The first edition of The Original, the distillery’s first official bottling, dates back to 2018, and is made using Tara and Mhairi, with ageing from an unspecified time in ex-Bourbon casks and finished in virgin casks.

Tasting notes

Gold with amber highlights in the glass.
The ageing in virgin barrels is very evident on the nose, resin and wood emerge clearly along with spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), accompanied by tea leaves, pear, green apple, pineapple, malt and a drop of lemon. Freshly cut grass. Fresh and aromatic.
Warm and spicy on the palate, creamy, it picks up on the aromas of the nose with “darker” tones, where the fruit becomes riper and sweeter (dried apricots and prunes, caramelised apple) together with cinnamon, liquorice, candied orange, brown sugar, dark chocolate, coffee. Handful of ginger and nutmeg, with a touch of marzipan.
Quite long and spicy finish with ginger, dried fruit, toasted sugar, orange marmalade.

On such a short ageing period (three years originally, likely to remain similar in later editions), the virgin casks have had a big influence, giving drive and personality to a well-structured, full-bodied whisky that despite its youthfulness manages to show inclinations towards complexity.

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