Hidden away in the Highlands and since it’s revival in 2008, Glenglassaugh has been steadily releasing an award-winning range of whiskies, and has just added one of its rarest and oldest expressions to the collection: 264 bottles of the Glenglassaugh 50 Year Old.
Inspired by the coastal location of Glenglassaugh’s warehouses, the whisky has spent half a century maturing over in a Pedro Ximénez Andalusian sherry cask overlooking Sandend Bay, resulting in an expression that combines the distillery’s traditional Highland Single Malt with undertones of exotic fruit and elements of the North Sea air. It perfectly encapsulates Glenglassaugh’s coastal origins and philosophy and has already been awarded the highest accolade possible at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the double gold.
On the nose are complex layers such as frangipane, salted honeycomb and ocean spice to name a few. It’s tasting notes are both seductive and complex, moving smoothly between exotic fruits such as papaya, mango, and cherry, with oak and plum adding a sophisticated finish combined with pear and almond.
Of the release, master blender Rachel Barrie says:“A lot can happen in half a century, and this whisky has seen many important milestones whilst maturing in our warehouses… it’s a privilege to unveil this premium bottling to whisky fans around the world at the beginning of a new chapter for Glenglassaugh”.
The initial release of 264 bottles will be available across select international markets and www.glenglassaugh.com. RRP £5,500, bottled at 40.1% ABV.